It’s funny, when people ask this question, it’s invariably followed with:
“I know it varies person to person, but…”
As if there’s an answer beyond that.
And really, truly, there isn’t. Because everyone writes and reads at a slightly different pace. Everyone absorbs information at their own rate. And everyone has varying amounts of time to devote to class, which probably changes a bit week to week.
Plus, the time requirements are different for 10-week classes like Fiction I or Screenwriting I than they are for a 6-week class like Creative Writing 101. In-person and Zoom vary from Online. And in the 10-week camp, Level I vs. Level II makes a difference, too.
But, we hate giving non-answers to questions, so I always tell folks what they’re going to have to accomplish in a week, and let them figure it out from there.
So let’s do that.
In-person, NY and Zoom classes:
Here’s what’ll be on your weekly plate:
There’s no real-time meeting of the online classes, but this is what’s on the agenda:
From the looks of it, the online classes require less of your time. Maybe. But maybe not. Depending on how you learn, you might read the lectures more than once. And writing up cogent feedback on your fellow students’ work takes time that giving feedback off-the-cuff in class doesn’t’. Does that all equal the same three hours that you’d spend if you were in class in NYC or on a Zoom call? I bet you know the answer…it…wait for it…varies person to person.
If I had to put numbers down on paper, I’d say (roughly, sorta, kinda, don’t quote me):
What happens if you can’t give the class that much time every week? That happens. We know our students are busy people and there are going to be weeks when class can’t be a priority. We just hope you’ll give it your all for the weeks you’re with us so you have the best experience you can possibly have. And if you want to talk through your options to find the best format or best time to take class, give a holler.