Frequently Asked Questions

Right now, Writelike is completely free to use. Yay!

But we can't live on grant funding forever, so we are currently developing a pricing model.

Writelike will be free to use for individuals and small groups (5 members). We will charge for larger groups/classes.

The price will be about $15 per student per group. You'll be able to buy one or more groups, which will be active for 1 year and then they will be archived. Archived groups will remain accessible—you don't lose the content, you just lose the ability to modify it. (You'll be able to renew a group if you want.)

We're thinking of the model as being like buying copies of a textbook/workbook for your class for the year.

We want the system to be really simple, straightforward and cost-effective. So you might say, "I have two classes in which I want to use Writelike next year," then you just pay for two groups, it might be ~$300 for each class, you buy it online in a couple of clicks, use the system how you want, and then let the classes be archived at the end of the year. If you want to use Writelike again, you can just buy some more classes.

When's this going to happen?

We're not sure when we will start charging, but we will give plenty of notice via our email newsletter as we get closer.

Account creation, student logins, and school email filtering

There are two ways to log into Writelike:

  • Email & password

  • Student code

What’s the difference? 

Email & password is the default method and provides the greatest flexibility—but it requires email authentication, which can mean spam filter headaches (and school students need to remember their password, although they can reset it themselves). 

Student codes let you skip email authentication. Teachers/moderators simply enter student names and we create six-digit codes that become each student’s unique login. However, students need to record their code and only the teacher/moderator can reset it, so there is a trade-off.


Using email and password

If you’re not trying to avoid email headaches, then it’s easier to get group members/students to create their own Writelike user accounts with email & password. 

Group moderators/teachers don’t need to do anything except provide the group code, and members can reset their own password if they forget/lose it.

Using student codes

If you are a teacher and want to avoid school email spam filter headaches, use the student code system, but be aware that you will have to do a bit more setup and administration yourself. 

You can create student codes by typing in names directly or via a CSV upload (if you want to upload a class roll) in the group’s management view.

You can then print a list of student names and codes, and distribute these to students.

Important security info

It is critical to understand that these codes are each student’s combined login and password, so students need to record them somewhere and protect them (because if anyone else has the code they can access the student’s account).

We recommend each student to type their code into a draft email (e.g. “Writelike student code 123ABC”) and save that for reference, and then to save the code in their browser on first login, if their browser permits it. 

If a student loses their student code, they'll need to ask the teacher/moderator tell them again.

If a student's account is compromised, they teacher/moderator can generate a new one in the Manage Group view and then provide it to the student.

Three questions:

  1. Are you logged in?
  2. Are you in Preview mode?
  3. Have you clicked Next?

Logging in

You have to be logged in!

Preview mode

Check if you are in Preview mode for the lesson by looking at the top of any lesson page. (If you open the lesson from the Home Page or the Browse page, then you'll be in Preview mode.)

If you are in Preview mode, nothing will save. You need to have the lesson assigned if you want to save your work. How you do that depends on your situation:

Are you doing the lesson for your own interest? Cool! Just hit the Assign button at the top of the page.

Are you doing this lesson as part of a class? Go to My Lessons and see if you can find your class. The lesson will be there if your teacher has assigned it. Click that version of the lesson and you will be able to save your responses. 

Click Next

At the bottom of each lesson page, the Next button saves your responses. If you want to save even when you're not finished writing, click Next and then go back and keep writing.

The short answer to this question is we take privacy and data ethics seriously, so we do our best to follow best practices. We ask for as little personal data as possible, we do our best to keep the data we hold secure, and we don't share any identifying information with third parties.

We do sometimes gather examples of user generated content on the site to show funders or other third parties how Writelike works, but we don't share any user information. If we wanted to share user attribution for any content (for instance, in promotional materials) we would ask permission first.

If you want more information, here's a link to our full Privacy Policy.

Writelike contains content from three sources:

  • Content from the Writelike team, including lessons, instructions, highlighters and worked examples
  • Content from authors and artists, including snippets and inspiration images
  • Content from users, including snippet responses and comments

Each one of these groups retain their own copyright. We use third party content under Fair Use in an educational context, with attribution. Via our Terms & Conditions, users grant us license to use their content without attribution—for instance for research or marketing purposes—though in practice we would usually ask permission and give attribution unless there was a compelling reason not to.

Check our copyright section for more information.

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