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Frequently Asked Questions

To read about scholarships for cancer patients, scroll down to #17.

  1. How can you offer such affordable prices?
  2. Will I learn as much online as I would if I attended a physical school?
  3. How will Creative Writing Institute profit me?
  4. Will I receive a personal tutor or a general instructor?
  5. How long is each term?
  6. How do I submit my work?
  7. How many students are in a class?
  8. How much does it cost to take a course?
  9. How do I know which class is the right one for me?
  10. Will someone evaluate my writing and give me an idea where to start?
  11. Can I see a sample class?
  12. How can I monitor my progress?
  13. Will I receive a certificate for completed courses?
  14. What is your policy for refunds and credits?
  15. Do you offer scholarships?
  16. Are your classes accredited?
  17. Regarding cancer patient scholarships, scroll down to #15 and 17.

 


    1. How can you offer such affordable prices?

    We can offer reasonable prices because we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity. Private donations and tuition from public students help scholarship cancer patients in writing courses. Wouldn't it be nice to know that you're receiving a good education AND supporting a cancer patient at the same time?

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    2. Will I learn as much online as I would if I attended a physical school?

    Yes. In fact, you'll learn more from a personal tutor than you would by attending physical classes. Imagine having a tutor at your side every time you need him/her. That's what makes us unique. With this kind of service, you can progress twice as fast in half the time - IF you apply yourself. Note: Our courses are very intense and we'll motive you to deliver your best.

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    3. How will Creative Writing Institute profit me?

    Even if you don't take writing classes for a vocation, the skills will supply you with a good presentation all of your life. Use them to write essays and articles, business letters, contracts, and agreements. Learn to represent yourself in the best possible way. Everything you learn here will be useful elsewhere.

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    4. Will I receive a personal tutor or a general instructor?

    Creative Writing Institute is the only school that assigns a personal tutor to every student. Our mentors are highly qualified, gifted individuals that focus on two major things: developing your skills and making learning easy. Your tutor will work with you sacrificially, answer your every question, and guide you through the maze of writing rules. He/she will urge you on when you get discouraged and give you a boost when you get stuck. If you fail, we've failed, and thus we push students to complete their course and reach for the stars.

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    5. How long is each term?

    Regular terms are eight weeks in length. Whatever your goal, we'll help you reach it.

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    6. How do I submit my work?

    Do your homework in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, then copy and paste it into the provided space online. New lessons release automatically every seven days. We supply you with a student manual and complete directions. Need help? Just ask your tutor!

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    7. How many students are in a class?

    Only 12 seats per class. We want you to have all the personal attention and private tutoring that you deserve. Creative Writing Institute prides itself in yielding a fuller, finer service than you will find elsewhere and we offer it at a practical price.  

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    8. How much does it cost to take a course?

    Isn't it strange that you have to go through the sign-up process in other writing schools before you know how much the course is? At Creative Writing Institute, we're very up front. Eight week, privately tutored classes are $200. We don't use terms. Sign up today and start tonight!


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    9. How do I know which class is the right one for me?

    Go to the front page and click on the class of your choice to read the syllabus. If you don't know what level you're on or where to begin, see the front page for details on how to receive a free writing evaluation. We'll be happy to guide you.

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    10. Will someone please evaluate my writing and give me some idea where to begin?

    Yes, we will! And at no additional charge. See the front page for Free Writing Evaluation Guidelines.

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    11. Can I see a sample class?

    A sample class is available upon request.

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    12. How can I monitor my progress?

    Your tutor will give you a progress report at the end of your course. If you want an evaluation before that, please ask for it.

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    13. Will I receive a certificate for the classes I complete?

    If you complete the course satisfactorily, you will receive a very nice certificate, suitable for framing.

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    14. What is your policy for refunds and credits?

    Our programs are so discounted that we can't offer refunds; however, if you decide to withdraw from a course in the first week, you may select another class.


    15. Do you offer scholarships?

    We are a nonprofit organization and we provide one free, tutored writing course to cancer patients. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please write to deborahowen@cwinst.com.

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    16. Are your classes accredited?

    Like most writing schools, our classes are not accredited, but we do award certification and 1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

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    17. Regarding scholarships for cancer patients:

    Which Courses Can I Choose?

    Cancer survivors may choose from any course on our menu. We will soon be offering a journaling course. Any writing course can unleash your fears, boost self-esteem, validate a new identity, and help clarify choices. The more you write, the more you’ll realize how liberating the release is. It's natural to harbor a certain amount of anger and frustration. Think of writing as a safe way to let off steam and form new plans. The combination of less stress and proper treatment can make the difference between giving up and moving forward in life. We're here to help you on your journey.

    What Services Do You Offer?

    We offer one free writing course to each cancer patient, along with a hefty discount for consecutive courses. You will receive a personal tutor and access to our school counselor, Dr. Helen Tucker, MBChB; BSc.Micro.

    Sounds Interesting, but My Writing Skills May Not Qualify

    We aren't here to judge your skills. We're here to help. We don’t care if English is your first language, whether you can barely structure a sentence, have poor grammar, or rotten punctuation. We just want to help you through your cancer journey. Only your tutor will see your work. This isn’t a competition.

    My Cancer is in Remission. Do I Qualify for a Scholarship?

    In a word, yes!

    What Methods Do You Use?

    We will supply you with a private tutor who will walk every step of the way with you. During your journey, you may or may not choose to discuss your illness, the shock of it, the indignations, discomfort, anger, chemo, radiation, surgery, and your support system. You have two choices. You may take any course as it is presently written, or we'll be happy to personalize the course to fit your needs. For example, if you want to learn how to tell your cancer story in a well-written and properly researched article, choose Dynamic Nonfiction or Creative Writing 101 and we'll adapt the course to fit you. If you would rather write a short story and pin some of your frustrations on your characters, choose Creative Writing 101 or Short Story Safari and we'll adapt it for you. You'll have an opportunity to discuss your chosen course when you apply.

    I Have No Interest in Becoming a Professional Writer. Do I Have to Choose One of the Main Courses?

    Yes, but only as a base course. In other words, pick something that sounds interesting to you. The entire course will be available to you, but your tutor will design the lessons to meet your specific needs. You may choose to spend little time on the regular course. For instance, you may choose to write about the happiest day of your life, review your cancer journey, discuss your choices, goals, celebration of life, or your accomplishments. We're here for you, and we'll bend any direction that you want to go.

    How Long Is the Course?  

    Courses are eight weeks long and selected participants may receive one scholarship. We only ask that you finish the course because someone purchased it for you. If you need more time to complete the course, that's quite all right. We're very liberal with extensions.

    What is the Cost? 

    For you? Nothing. Zilch. Nada. Your sponsor paid $200 for it. If we know who sponsored you, we will ask you to send a thank you letter via your tutor.

    Who is Eligible for a Scholarship?

    You, if you have had or do have cancer and are over the age of 14; however, the committee must approve the participants. If we receive a request to sponsor a child under the age of 14, we will consider adapting a class especially for that person. is We have only one request - that the child completes the course.

    Are Scholarships Available Now?

    As of this writing, yes, but you should apply quickly. If scholarships are not available, we’ll place your name on a waiting list and will solicit a donor on your behalf.

    If I’m on the Waiting List, Is There Anything I Can Do to Help Locate a Sponsor?

    YES! If you give your permission, we'll solicit funds on your behalf by showing prospective donors your picture and a lifted quote from your biography. Donors have the opportunity to select the person they choose to scholarship. Note: we will use ONLY your first name and last initial and will not release any information.

    How Do I Apply for a Scholarship? 

    Write to deborahowen@cwinst.com and request an application form. We also need a letter from your oncologist (or surgeon) that states your name, stage and type of cancer. That's all there is to it! Write today.

    Yes! I want to donate to this great cause! Where can I do that?

    I'm glad you asked. Right here. Any size gift will help: http://creativewritinginstitute.com/donate.php