How does a student apply for the program?
Students can access the online application here. Please note that the application requires several documents to be uploaded, including 10 novel pages (12 point Times New Roman double spaced font), a 1 page statement of intent that introduces the student and outlines his/her goals for the program, and 1 paragraph of written feedback on a writing sample provided within the application packet.
Why do students need to provide a paragraph of sample feedback for a peer?
Our program is dependent upon a community of dedicated writers who support one another throughout the writing process. As such, it is imperative that students develop positive and constructive relationships with one another. The San Jose Area Writing Project expects that all students conduct themselves in a positive manner and maintain respectful interactions with peers and instructors at all times. Giving and receiving feedback is sensitive in nature and students must demonstrate the ability to communicate feedback in a compassionate yet constructive manner in order to be considered for admission into the program.
Will students get feedback from the instructor as well as peers?
In addition to peer feedback, students will receive written feedback from the instructor on the pages that they submit every two weeks. Students will also receive individual guidance at the end of each quarter giving them direction and goals for novel progress in between courses. In addition to bi-weekly discussions that focus on feedback for specific students who have signed up to workshop their writing, students may opt to sign up for an additional individual online chat of up to 30 minutes with the instructor to develop plans for novel progression and improvement.
What is the weekly time commitment of the program?
The Novel Writing Certificate Program is designed to accommodate students with already busy schedules. Students can choose to complete the coursework in their own time, as long as due dates for specific assignments are adhered to. Students can expect to spend 2-4 hours per week on coursework including but not limited to reading lectures, articles, and mentor texts; responding to discussion questions; crafting original novel pages for their manuscripts; providing peer feedback; and engaging in online discussions via google hangout and/or zoomchat.
Are scholarships available for students in need?
The San Jose Area Writing Project wants to encourage all students who are interested to apply, regardless of socioeconomic status. We are currently working on an application to offer merit-based scholarships to a select number of students in need. Any student who is interested in applying for financial assistance should indicate so on his/her/their application. In addition to the merit-based scholarships, SJAWP always offers discounted admission to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. To qualify for reduced admission students must submit a letter from their school district stating that they qualify for free and reduced lunch.
My student just found out about the Novel Writing Program. Can (s)he/they join the program mid-year?
Our program depends upon a community of dedicated writers who follow each other’s novel writing progress closely and work to support one another throughout the process. As such, a new cohort of students will be introduced on an annual basis and admission only occurs once a year in the summer.
What happens at the end of the year?
At the end of the year students will be awarded a Level 1 Certificate in Novel Writing from the San Jose Area Writing Project. SJAWP hopes to add a second year curriculum starting in the Fall of 2019 so that students who wish to be considered for re-admission into the project can continue working with their cohorts on their novel manuscripts.
What should my student do in between courses? How should they keep up with their novel writing projects?
Students are encouraged to stay engaged with their writing cohorts throughout the year, even when courses are not in session. During the summer students who are able should enroll in SJAWP’s summer programming, including the Writing Workshop and the Teen Writers Institute.
Who should I contact with additional questions about the program?
Please refer any inquiries to Jane Gilmore, Associate Director of SJAWP in charge of the Novel Writing Certificate Program. Jane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.