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Some courses and workshops require PW experience. PW experience means you have taken a PW workshop, an online course, or have read Writing the Mind Alive, are conducting your own PW practice, and can handle Guided Writes. Email the PW Center if you have questions.
What is a Guided Write?
Rather than create Writes on any subject that comes to you, as you do in your own PW practice, some online courses requiring PW experience ask you to focus on the weekly lessons or points under discussion in your posted Writes. (See "The Guided Write," pp. 157-9, Writing the Mind Alive.)
How do students post their Writes?
After you register online, the Webmaster admits you to your PW Forum and directs you to FAQs offering simple instructions for using the site. Email the PW Center if you have additional questions.Or telephone the Center at 212.213.5402.
How do students choose which Write to post?
Assuming you write more than once a week, post the Write that reflects your greatest interest, or the Write to which you want a response. (If your course coincides with your initial 3 months of PW practice, we recommend 4-5 Writes weekly. After that, it's up to you.)
How much time should students expect to spend on an online course?
Plan to spend a minimum of 3 hours per week on the course. top
What do students do?
Students post one Write weekly at their convenience within a 3 or 4-day period. If possible, they read posted Writes written by others.
What do teachers do?
In addition to providing specific guidelines to all course activities, teachers post weekly talks on crucial aspects of PW, respond to individual Writes, and attend to each students progress. top
What kinds of responses do teachers give?
Depending upon the Write and on the goals of the course, responses vary. They may:
How do online course participants interact?
The class consists of not more than 4 participants. All are invited to read Writes posted by others but not to respond to them with praise, criticism, suggestions, or other help. (If you have questions or observations to make about anothers Write, please address them to the teacher.) Reasons for this protocol, familiar to anyone who has taken a PW workshop, are reviewed in Writing the Mind Alive, pages 164-170. However, your ideas and/or questions about the weekly lessons are important and may be posted directly on our class Forum as a "Reply."If you wish to contact each other, please meet on the sites Public Forum or use email.
Supplies for online courses
Confidentiality is crucial in PW group practice, both in workshops and online ourses. Please review the discussion of confidentiality in Writing the Mind Alive, p. 170.
Lateness and Missed Sessions
If you must post late, we will attempt but cannot promise to respond to your Write. If you miss a week, and our schedule permits, we will give you time to make up the missed week. top
How do I register for an online course?
To register for an online course, follow these three simple steps.