How do I register for a literary seminar?

You must have a account to register for a seminar.

Log in to your account here, or create an account here.

Once you’ve logged in to your account, go to the relevant seminar page and use the “Pay with link" or enter your credit card information and click “Buy this Seminar!” to complete your purchase.

You can sign up for a seminar at any time before it ends. All sessions will be recorded, so if you register after a seminar has started you’ll have access to the recordings. All recordings and class material will remain available for thirty days after the final session.

Currently, you can only purchase one class registration for each seminar per account. If you’d like to purchase a seminar for multiple participants or sponsor a scholarship, please email [email protected].

Are there discounts for Academy members?

Active members receive a 20% discount on each seminar. A discount code will be sent with the member newsletter. If you need assistance activating the discount, please email [email protected] or call (888) 790-0721.

Are scholarships available?

Thanks to the generous support of Hawthornden Foundation, we will award up to seven scholarships per seminar. To apply for a scholarship, please send up to two paragraphs describing your financial need and why you hope to attend to [email protected] by the deadline noted on each seminar page. Priority will be given to applicants who haven’t yet received a seminar scholarship.

Where do I find Zoom links?

To access Zoom links, please log in to your account, go to your user dashboard, and click on a seminar title under “Purchased Seminars” to access the course page. You’ll find Zoom links in the “Sessions in this seminar” section.

You’ll also receive Zoom links via email a week before each session, a day before each session, and the morning of each session.

We recommend logging on to your seminar ten minutes before the start time.

Please add [email protected] to your safe sender list to ensure that you receive seminar links before the first session. If you haven’t received any communications from us within twenty-four hours of your purchase or have questions not covered in the FAQ, please write to us at least two hours before the start of the first session.

How do I share questions before and during a session

Our seminars are structured to encourage participation, although the format may vary. Some instructors may lecture for an hour and close with a fifteen-minute Q & A, while others may welcome discussion throughout the class.

We invite you to send questions for the instructor in advance by writing to [email protected] by 10 a.m. the day before each session.

Your instructor or the seminar moderator may ask you to share thoughts and questions via the chat feature instead of sharing them live. We will endeavor to answer as many questions as we can during each session.

Are there guidelines for live Zoom participation?

We invite you to have your camera on, except when eating a meal or moving about. Please keep your audio turned off, unless prompted to ask questions or to participate in a class discussion.

Please be respectful of your fellow participants during class discussions and in the chat.

Where do I find class recordings and materials? 

Please log on to your account, go to your user dashboard, and click on a seminar title under “Purchased Seminars” to access the course page where you’ll find the syllabus, course materials, Zoom links, links to recordings, unedited class transcripts, and chat transcripts.

Recordings will be made available within forty-eight hours of a session.

All recordings and class material will remain available for thirty days after the final session.

Will closed captioning be available for the live Zoom classes and recordings?

Automatic closed captioning will be available during the live Zoom classes and can be turned on when recordings are played on

Will refunds be available?

To receive a full refund, you must request one by writing to [email protected] prior to the start of the first session. After the first session begins, refunds will not be granted.

Programs and dates may be subject to change. We’ll notify you via email if a seminar is canceled. If we are unable to reschedule a seminar, you’ll receive a full refund.

Please allow up to four weeks for the processing of refunds.

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