We are now accepting applications for our next class of “The Three,” our full-time writing apprenticeship program.
If you’re a Christian and your heart burns to write, this might be the place for you.
Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about this program.
How old are your students?
This program is open to adults of all ages. Most of our apprentices are between 18 and 30 years of age.
Do all students live in Cambridge?
Yes, all of our full-time apprentices must live in Cambridge (or within driving distance). Our students move to Cambridge from all over the country. We’ll help you find housing, by yourself or with other apprentices if you’d like. Some of our apprentices do commute daily from nearby communities.
Cambridge is an excellent location due to the low cost of living, safety, convenience of a small city, and our proximity to several large cities (including Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Akron/Canton, and Wheeling).
Apprentices who are unable or unwilling to move to Cambridge should consider joining our Arche Year program.
Where do students live?
We help our apprentices find safe, affordable rental housing in Cambridge. The Company doesn’t own any housing, but we are here to help you find the right place and to make connections.
How much does tuition cost?
For our class beginning in 2022, our full-time program costs $7,200 per year, for a total 2-year program cost of $14,400. Learn more about tuition and payments here.
How much does it cost to live in Cambridge, Ohio?
One of the reasons we feel Cambridge, Ohio is appropriate for this mission is the low cost of living.
It’s impossible for us to give a single answer, but most of our apprentices are able to meet all of their needs with $1,000 to $1,500 in living expenses per month, including rent, groceries and other expenses.
As a point of reference, for apprentices that share a house or apartment with other apprentices, typical rent is around $400 each. For apprentices who live alone in a single bedroom apartment, rent is typically $500-$800.
Some of our apprentices work part-time and pay 100% of their tuition and living expenses. This is possible, but very challenging. Most apprentices support themselves with a combination of part-time job, savings, and family support.
Are there extra costs I need to plan for?
Over the course of the two years, you will need approximately $2,500 available to spend on yourself. That includes books, supplies, etc., but more importantly, you’ll use most of that money to develop your marketing platform as an author. That’s all money that you spend with third-parties, under the guidance of your instructor, it does not go to The Company.
We strive to keep the cost as low as possible. Our tuition is very reasonable, and there aren’t a lot of extra costs. You won’t need to buy thousands of dollars worth of books, for instance. We only have apprentices spend money on things that directly benefit them.
Is this a master’s program?
In some ways, our program is similar to a master of fine arts creative writing program, however, our focus is far more practical. We teach advanced writing, publishing, and marketing techniques.
Unlike an MFA, we do not require applicants to first complete a bachelor’s degree. Our program is not accredited. We focus on providing skills, not degrees.
Is this a degree or certification program?
This is not an accredited degree program. If you’re serious about writing for a living, a degree isn’t actually very helpful (in our humble opinion). Instead, you’ll leave our program with better assets to pursue your career: a portfolio, a platform with a real audience following you, and work that’s ready to sell.
Your career doesn’t begin on graduation day. It begins on the first day of school. On graduation day, you’re already moving forward at full speed.
What credentials do I need before I apply?
Apprentices should be adults and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Some of our apprentices attend shortly after high school, others come with advanced degrees.
It’s not by design, but it turns out that many of our apprentices were homeschooled. Alternative, practical education tends to make sense to many homeschoolers, and we’re also not going to give you a hard time about your transcript. We just care if you can demonstrate the skills and proficiencies you’ll need to be successful in a writing program.
What about international students?
If you don’t live in the USA, you’re welcome to apply, but please note that we do not sponsor international student visas. You must ensure that it’s legal for you to travel to and reside in the USA for the duration of the course.
How large is the class?
Presently, we only accept up to twelve students in the program at a time. You’ll likely have 3-8 other apprentices in your “class”.
Who runs the classes?
Most teaching is done by Brad Pauquette, our founder and director. We’re also joined throughout the year by guest speakers who are each experts in their fields.
What theology do you teach?
We do not teach a specific theology, instead we encourage all students to carefully examine and refine their faith. All students must agree to our Statement of Faith. Functionally, we are similar to many non-denominational charismatic churches.
Do your writers have to write Christian books?
No, our apprentices are not required to write Christian books in a conventional sense. While all of the work we do is inspired by the Holy Spirit, many of our writers choose to produce work for the secular market.
Do your writers have to write books?
Yes, you will be required to write books as part of your program with us, but it does not have to be your primary focus. All of our apprentices will practice writing short stories, novellas, novels, blogging, social media, copywriting, and a variety of other applications. In the second year, apprentices will have an opportunity to identify their focus and press into those areas, and are not required to focus primarily on novel writing.
How can I get more information?
Brad and Melissa Pauquette would love to meet you. If you’d like more information, please use our contact form to connect with our team. We’ll be happy to answer your questions via email, schedule a Zoom meeting, or arrange a time for you to visit us in Cambridge, Ohio. Click here to request a visit (virtual or in-person).
How do I get started?
Great question! If you’re ready join our community of writers as part of our full-time program, there’s a simple application to fill out to begin the conversation. Click here to begin the application.