Virtual Workshop Modification & Cancellation Policy

I will make every effort to ensure you get the opportunity to learn what you want to learn from me, but not everything goes as planned. These policies apply to my BuildingBlox virtual workshops; workshops run through other venues will have their own policies.

If a workshop fails to meet its minimum enrollment number by approximately one week prior to the workshop's date, the workshop may be either modified or cancelled, at my discretion.

A workshop which is modified will be shortened to a two-hour time slot, typically beginning at the same time as the original workshop. This may or may not require a change to the content, depending on the workshop. Students will be informed of the modifications and given the option to stay enrolled or accept a refund.

If modifications are offered and the resulting refunds drop the enrollment number below a reasonable level for the modified schedule, the workshop may be cancelled instead.

A workshop which is cancelled for this or any other reason may be rescheduled or not.

If the workshop is rescheduled, all enrolled students will be given the option of moving their enrollment to the new date and time, or accepting a refund.

If the workshop is not rescheduled, all enrolled students will receive a refund to their original form of payment.

Thank you for understanding. For more context on the reasoning behind this policy, read the next section on this page.

Virtual workshops take a big chunk of time out of my day. I am happy to offer this time as long as I am paid appropriately for that time. The sliding-scale fee I offer for my workshops is calculated so that if a workshop fills halfway and all students pay only the minimum fee, the workshop will still be worthwhile for me to teach (based on my hourly teaching fee).

The math gets a little fuzzy from there; if I get fewer than half enrollment but more fees above the minimum, it may still be worth the time for me.

My hourly teaching fee has remained the same for over a decade, and conversations with other instructors on the national fiber-arts teaching circuit reveal that I have been asking too little for the caliber of teaching I offer. For that reason, I am slowly raising my minimum fee for these workshops over time.

Bottom line: I will run workshops if and when it makes financial sense to do so. I will make every reasonable effort to increase enrollments but some things are out of my hands.

If the amount raised for a particular workshop will support two hours of my hourly rate but not three, I can cut back the time and potentially the content of the workshop so that students are still learning what they wanted and paid for, but there is less time for Q&A, etc.

I will make every reasonable effort to make sure that people still feel they're getting their money's worth, because if the modifications result in too many students requesting refunds, it may require that the workshop be cancelled anyway, which means more work and less money for me.