Online: Zoom

6 Weeks, 6 Essays

6 Tuesdays from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST), starting October 25th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full
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 and exercises, both at home and in class, to practice with different styles and genres of the creative nonfiction essay. Students will bring copies of essay drafts to class each week, where they will read them aloud and receive on-the-spot feedback, with each student given the chance to workshop at least two essays with the whole class, plus various work-sharing sessions in small groups.
At the end of the class, students will leave with a sizable body of work as well as advice on how to move forward with drafts and the writing life beyond the class.

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.

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Carolyn Zaikowski
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Previous Students Say

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  • Craft Lessons
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  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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