Waterloo is called Academic because it is designed to be like a workshop you would take at a big university, where the instructor would take seriously the fundamentals of literary techniques and straightforward criticism about member writing in order to understand those techniques.
The workshop is led by a former Texas State professor James (Jim) Bonaparte, MFA and will be conducted, for the most part, like an academic writing workshop.
The workshop is also recorded live and becomes a podcast subsequently at http://www.frankmarcopolos.com, as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. (Frank is one of the members.)
Our format is reading and discussing member work and published work during each weekly group. The work will be uploaded to "More" and "Files" on this page or linked to in the comments for each specific meeting.
The workshop is a literary workshop in which substantial literary ideas are developed in order to facilitate 'real' writing both in the form of literature and in related media. Any writer or artist could potentially benefit from the group. It is a workshop that probes what might be called the 'philosophy' of art - a necessary fundamental not only for literature, but film, poetry, non-fiction writing and visual arts. Philosophical ideas are often discussed, so the more knowledge you have about philosophy, the more you will be able to participate in the discussions.
Any artist can benefit from our meetings. And potentially anyone who wants to develop the necessary artistic components (and creativity) in their personality. Our workshop style does require participants to be thick-skinned. Not all elements of the meetings are workshop-based and it is easy to imagine a 'safe' role as observer on a trial basis. So, come check out the group and risk nothing (psychologically-speaking).