WHEN Materials available starting July 2
ALSO STARTS: New York - 7/23/2013
From Anna Quindlen to Adam Gopnik, the work of personal essayists is increasingly filling the pages of magazines and websites, offering readers a glimpse of inner worlds and casting a light on the larger world around them.
This class will focus on writing and selling first-person narratives, starting with short opinion and slice-of-life pieces appropriate for The New York Times op-ed page, and moving on to longer, reported pieces written in the first-person. Assignments will be workshopped and ready for pitching.
In this class, you will learn how to:
- Find a narrative voice to anchor your essay
- Tell a personal story without being whiney
- Tell someone else's story
- Know what to leave in and what to leave out
- Self-edit and assess your voice, style, and tone
By the end of class, you will have:
At least two complete and salable personal essays.
The New York Times, Modern Love, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Self, Salon.com, Runner's World, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Times.
The online classroom has several components:
- Lessons: Learn new skills through written lessons
- Discussion: Join a weekly live, interactive discussion via IM and video
- Assignments: Complete homework and receive instructor feedback
- Forums: Exchange resources, meet peers, and ask your instructor questions
She has appeared on various television and radio programs, including Talk of the Nation on NPR, to discuss her work.
Jessica Olien's Courses
Personal Essay Writing (Starts July 2)