4 Weeks, 4 Essays: Online
Sometimes the smallest moment (or the shortest essay) holds the greatest revelation. But when it comes to writing our own lives, it can be difficult to know where to begin. If you’re suffering from writer’s block, or, on the contrary, have so many ideas you don’t know how to commit to just one, this is the course for you. In this course, you will have one goal: to write four short personal essays.
Each week, we’ll explore a different essay form or theme to inspire our work, reading published examples from authors like Claire Vaye Watkins, Vivian Gornick, Geoff Dyer, Beth Ann Fennelly, Smantha Irby, Susan Sontag, Cathy Park Hong, Wayne Koestenbaum, William Hazlitt, Tom Wolfe, Hanif Abdurraqib, Cheryl Strayed, Morgan Jerkins, Brian Doyle, and Joan Didion, and studying the craft behind them. We’ll put the tools we learn into practice through a series of exercises and writing prompts. At the end of each week, you’ll submit a new essay draft of up to 1,500 words for impressions and feedback from your fellow writers, to help you identify and develop the “heat” of your essays.
You will come out of the course with four new drafts and the insight and inspiration to develop them into polished essays.
*NOTE that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink, our online class platform, before 5pm on the first day of class.
Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.
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