The Participant application process opens on June 28, 2021, and closes July 26, 2021 (or when the program is full). Participants will be notified of their status on August 1, 2021.
Who Can Participate?
Pen to Paper is open to people who meet the following criteria:
Unpublished in novel/novella length fiction in a commercial market.
- Not under contract or have an active pre-sale.
- Prepared to meet the participation requirements, writing commitment, and assignment due dates for the program.
- Agree to abide by the RWA Code of Ethics.
Can Non-members Participate?
Yes. Non-members can participate provided that they meet the criteria listed above.
How Are Participants Chosen?
Participants are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, with the
number of participants contingent on the number of Guides available.
A waitlist will be established in case of additional availability during the first two weeks of the program.
What’s Expected of the Participants?
Participants should be prepared to commit to the entire program.
Participants should be prepared to meet minimum attendance requirements
and complete assignments as outlined in the syllabus in order to remain
in the program.
Participants will be expected to commit to approximately 4 hours a week, including weekly Partner Circle meetings.
All participants are required to receive critiques on their manuscripts,
and are required to critique the work of other participants.
At the end of each level, participants complete an evaluation, to
provide immediate feedback that facilitates continuous improvement in