This week I’ll be diving into some frequently asked questions about the Longform Lab!

Who is this course for?

This course is for longform writers who want a skills refresher, accountability, and mentorship. Writers in this course work in different forms of media, from novels to magazine articles to narrative podcasts.

The Longform Lab is also for you if…

  • You have a lot of ideas, excitement, and passion for your story, but actually making it happen is harder than you thought.
  • Your new idea feels shiny and exciting, but once you get into the nitty gritty, it’s a slog.
  • You’re not sure how to finish your story, but you know it’s worth telling.
  • You could use a little bit of hand-holding on the way to becoming a professional writer
  • You’re willing to put the time and effort into your writing if someone would just tell you what to do next!

I have a sparse idea, and haven’t started anything concrete yet. Is that okay?

Yes, absolutely! Previous students have started from basically zero and used the exercises and lessons in this course to build up and write a successful longform story by the end.

I have a full draft, but something just isn’t working right. Is that okay?

Also totally fine, as long as you’re open to rethinking some aspects of your project. You’ll actually be at an advantage for some of the exercises if you already have an idea of your characters, story structure, and more.

I have a story idea, but am not sure if it should be a book or a documentary or what. Do I need to know that before I apply?

No! And that’s one of the big strengths of the Longform Lab. I firmly believe strong storytelling principles are consistent across mediums, and that writers in different mediums can learn a lot from each other.

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What if I change my mind about what story I want to work on after I apply?

Great! Changing your mind is a key part of the creative process, and very encouraged during the Longform Lab. You won’t be held firmly to the story idea in your application.

I’m scared I won’t be accepted to the Longform Lab. Should I even bother applying?

Yes, yes, yes! The application process serves two functions: (1) limiting enrollment so I can keep the cohort size small and give each student as much personal feedback as possible and (2) to make sure I think you can get something out of the class and that you’re not wasting your money. I imagine most applicants will be accepted!

I’m in a different timezone/have an unpredictable schedule. Is this course right for me?

Yes, it is! The Longform Lab is 100% asynchronous. You’ll complete each week’s lessons, videos, and exercises at your own pace. But you’ll never be alone! You have unlimited email support directly with me for the whole course– and six weeks afterwards, too!

Seem like the course for you?

Click here to sign up! Applications are processed on a rolling basis, and you’ll hear back within two business days. And you can always email me with any questions before signing up.

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