Online: Zoom

6 Weeks, 6 Essays

6 Thursdays from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST), starting March 10th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
16 seats max
Over the course of six weeks, writers in this intensive class will generate six short essay drafts (between 500 and 1,000 words each). Each week we will look at model essays in various essay forms, including, but not limited to, pieces by Audre Lorde, Anne Carson, James Baldwin, Claudia Rankine, Eleni Sikileanos, Berry Grass, and Amy Tan. Students will respond to prompts based on the works we have read and bring copies of their completed essays to class each week, where they will read them aloud and receive on-the-spot feedback in brief workshop sessions. At the end of the class, students will leave with a sizable body of work as well as advice on how to pursue possible publication of their half-a-dozen essay drafts.

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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Carolyn Zaikowski
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Previous Students Say

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


  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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