Online: On-Demand

6 Weeks, 3 Essays

6 weeks online; No live meetings. Class opens November 1st.
Online: On Demand
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Sometimes the smallest moment--or the shortest essay--holds the greatest revelation. But when it comes to writing about our lives and the wider world, it can be difficult to know where to begin. This course is for writers who are ready to produce new essays, but need the inspiration and accountability to get started. Here, you will have one goal: To write and develop three essay drafts in the space of six weeks.

During the first half of class, you will write three essay drafts and share them, or pieces of them, in small and/or large groups for on-the-spot feedback. During the second half, you will have the opportunity to revise one and present it to the class for formal workshopping. Each week, we’ll explore a different theme or craft element to inspire our work, reading and studying examples from authors like James Baldwin, Claudia Rankine, Anne Carson, Audre Lorde, and more. We’ll put the tools we learn into practice through weekly in-class and at-home writing prompts and exercises. You will come out of the course with three news drafts, and at least one polished revision, as well as the insight and craft tools to continue writing and revising.

Class Format

This is an Online: On-Demand class that will take place on our asynchronous online learning platform, Wet.Ink. Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink before 5pm on the first day of class! All video lectures for Online: On-Demand courses have closed captioning available. To enable, click "cc" on the toolbar of each video lecture. 

*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.


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

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Carolyn Zaikowski
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Frequent Deadlines"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons
  • Class Discussion
  • Writing Homework


  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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