Online: Zoom

4 Weeks, 4 Essays

4 Fridays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting August 5th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
13 seats max

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 with reading published examples and 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.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Aimee Seiff Christian
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Class Discussion


  • Personal Essay

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