In-person classes have a dedicated instructor to guide you, assignments to help you make progress, and evening meeting times to connect you with classmates. You’ll get a high level of attention and personalized feedback from your instructor while interacting with fellow students to form new connections. Classes include weekly lessons, workshopping, and assignments. There is also an ongoing online discussion forum where you can connect with your instructor and classmates between meeting sessions.
Personal Essay Writing
Draft, edit, and sell first-person essays
- Sun, Tues 6:45-9:45pm ET, 8 sessions full schedule
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.