Commonly Asked Questions
What's "provisional confidence"?
It's the worthiness you feel before professors, peers, literary agents, or publishers have "validated" your efforts (and regardless of whether or not they ever do). Watch "Provisional Confidence and the Fullness of Zero" (preview link in the Curriculum section above) for a more detailed explanation.
You said this course is designed to be completed over a weekend, but can I move through the material at a slower pace?
Absolutely! Spacing out the audio and worksheets over a few weeks would also be a great way to experience it—whatever works best for you. (And after completing the course material, students tend to revisit it every now and again for another refresh and pep-up.)
I'd love to take a class with you, but I'm already pretty confident in my writing practice. Do you have more courses in development?
The Bright Idea Kit is suitable for writers of all experience levels. When you sign up for email updates, you'll receive the link and password to my free resource library, which contains the workbook preview. And subscribers-only access to a free all-levels mini-workshop, the Power of Private Writing, is coming soon (spring 2021).
Do you ever do live calls? Do you offer group or 1-on-1 coaching?
I am available for 1-on-1 coaching sessions, and I'm happy to plan a group session on Zoom around your particular needs and questions. Drop your suggestion in the Comet Party Wish Jar!
English isn't my first language. Will this course work for me?
Someday I'll have the wherewithal to offer transcripts and video captions in multiple languages. For now, please don't hesitate to email me ([email protected]) to ask for clarification (on English idioms, etc.) whenever you need it!
Where can I learn more about you?
You can read my informal author bio and browse around my website, read this recent interview with author Chantal Schreiber, or watch my Life Without Envy web workshop on YouTube. Other than that, the best way to get a sense of me as a facilitator (and as a human) ahead of time is to read A Bright Clean Mind and/or Life Without Envy. Oh, and "How to Write a Book Worth Reading." 🤓
Why do you call your online learning-space the "Comet Party Summer School"?
Back in 2013 I renamed my website "Comet Party" as I moved toward my bigger work in creativity and personal growth. That's a long blog post, so I'll copy and paste the essential explanation:
I want to live a bright and celebratory and deeply meaningful life, and I want to help other people figure out how to do the same.
As for the summer school, it will exist in real life someday—and publishing this course is the first step!