How will I receive the lessons for my online course?
All 21 Day Poetry Challenge, Works in Progress, A Secret Life lessons will be delivered via email, using the email address you provide at check-out.
Poetry Immersion and A Body of Work lessons are housed in an online classroom, for which you will receive an exclusive invitation to join.
Once you've paid for a course, you will receive a confirmation email, followed by another welcome email on the day the course begins.
How do I participate in the live workshops, when offered?
You will receive an exclusive invitation and instructions to join those sessions on Zoom, a free video conferencing app.
What if I have a question during the course?
You can reach the instructor, Holly Wren Spaulding, at poetryforge (at) gmail (dot) com or through the discussion channels provided in the course.
How will I receive my order if I've purchased a book, broadside, poetry packet, or other tangible item?
All orders will be shipped via First Class mail. The USPS is reliable and generally quite fast. I ship twice per week (with a very few exceptions). Please let me know at check-out if you are in a hurry or if your package doesn't arrive. You can also email Holly: poetryforge (at) gmail (dot) com or via the contact page.
How will I receive feedback on my portfolio or manuscript review?
Private, handwritten feedback will be mailed to you in hardcopy via USPS. I have found this to be the most effective way to work with writers because it moves the work away from the screen and mobile devices during a delicate and essential phase of the creative process.
Who gives the feedback when I submit my poems for critique?
All first time students always receive feedback from the instructor, Holly Wren Spaulding. If you are enrolled in Poetry Immersion or A Body of Work, Holly reviews your work and will also meet with you directly, to discuss it during tutorials.
In an effort to give writers access to multiple perspectives on their work, the poet and book artist, Amber Edmondson, and author of three poetry collections, assists me in providing feedback on some of the "21" submissions. She has been working closely with me for over ten years and I know you will appreciate her insights as well.
I'm considering a course, but not sure if it's a good fit for me, what should I do?
I am happy to communicate with you privately via email or phone, to help you understand your options and find the right situation for you. Just send me a message via the contact page or poetryforge (at) gmail (dot) com.
Do you have an creative financing options?
I endeavor to make my offerings accessible to as many people as possible, while supporting myself and my family through this work. You can learn more about your creative financing options here.