Cancellations & Refunds
All purchases are final. Under extenuating circumstances, where something precludes your participating in a course or service you have registered for before it begins, I can extend credit toward a future offering.
If a course or event is cancelled by Poetry Forge for any reason, a full refund will be issued to all registered students.
I am committed to your satisfaction so please get in touch if you have questions or concerns about these policies. I am also a one-woman show so thank you for understanding that these policies help me to maintain the integrity of my work in an online environment.
In my post-capitalist fantasy, no one lacks for what they need. No one who earnestly wishes to pursue their education and art would be barred from doing so because of the cost. No one would have to choose between paying for groceries, health care or rent, and the pursuit of their art, because to flourish individually and as a society, we need to be able to do all of these things.
In this fairer future, no one would feel disempowered by their financial circumstances, including those who make and appreciate art and culture. Artists will be viewed as playing a vital role in the community, and won’t be exploited as free or low-value labor. No healer, teacher, activist, caregiver or artist will work without support, simply because what they do is misunderstood or poorly valued by the dominant culture and economic regime.
With all of this in mind, I no longer offer a “pay-what-you” option and have determined that offering free seats in my courses rarely yields the desired outcome for the student or teacher. At different times I do offer free events and workshops as a way of reaching those who are otherwise unable to participate. Make sure you are on my mailing list if that interests you.
In summer 2019 I launched a Patreon page where I offer workshops, coaching, and writing resources for poets and teachers of writing who want to write more. For a nominal sum, patrons can access my work, even if they can’t afford to join a class. Check out my Patreon.
All content on this site and in all Poetry Forge courses is the intellectual property of Holly Wren Spaulding, except where stated otherwise. Please do not distribute without written permission. Thank you for your understanding.