Note: The November 3-6, 2022 and February 2-5, 2023, weekends of New Directions will be held online by Zoom beginning on the Thursday prior to the weekend.  We anticipate the May 5-7, 2023, weekend will be held in person in the Washington, DC, area.

New Directions is a three-year program consisting of nine consecutive weekend conferences.

Most frequently students begin in the fall, but they are welcome to begin instead in the winter or spring.  Annual tuition for 2022 – 2023 will be due in two installments.  The tuition for the November 2022 and February 2023 weekends is $1,370 and is due three weeks prior to the start of the fall weekend.  The tuition for the May in person weekend, will be set once the weekend is confirmed to be held in person.  

Students starting in winter 2023, will pay $685 for the winter weekend.  All students will pay the tuition for the Spring weekend when the tuition rate is set.  Tuition is due no later than 3 weeks prior to the first conference attended that year. 

Students may miss up to two weekends during the course of the three years and shall be entitled to up to two free make-up weekends in the twelve months following their three years in the program.  No extensions for make-up weekends beyond that are possible.  Partial refunds for the annual tuition for unused weekends will be issued only if a student cancels in writing their participation in the program.  Students may rescind their annual participation in the program and receive a full refund for future weekends within 72 hours of payment

TRIAL WEEKEND: Applicants may choose to attend a single weekend on a trial basis and then decide whether they want to enroll. The fee for the trial weekend(November 2022 or February 2023)  is $685.  The trial weekend counts as the first of the nine weekends.

Students applying to the program understand and acknowledge that they are agreeing to participate in a program that requires a time and economic commitment on their part to ensure that all participants benefit from the program.

Alums returning for additional weekend conferences will be charged the same fee as a regular student.  Participants in “Permanent Alum Groups” will be charged $665 prior to the fall weekend to secure their spot in an alum group, and $350 for each of the November 2022 and the February 2023 weekends. 

None of these fees include travel, room, or meals.

If the student chooses to work with a writing consultant, the fee will be mutually arranged.

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