6 Weeks, 6 Essays: Providence

6 Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting March 5th
School One, Providence, RI
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

Sometimes the smallest moment--or the shortest essay--holds the greatest revelation. In this class, each week, you will write a personal essay between 500 and 1,000 words, and bring it into class for presentation and discussion. Modeled on exemplary published essays provided by the instructor, each essay you produce will experiment with subject matter, focus, form, structure, and voice. You’ll learn to write quickly, generate a lot of material, improve your craft, and enhance your ability to discuss each other’s work. By writing in a shorter format, you’ll also find ways to tighten your prose, refine your drafting and editing skills, and heighten your storytelling skills. There will also be brief discussions of short, contemporary published essays including work by such authors as:  Brian Doyle, Gwendolyn Wallace, Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, Matthew Purdy, Brady Udall, Annie Dillard, Meredith Maran, and others.

This course is geared towards intermediate and advanced students.

Please note: Class does not meet 3/12.

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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Ethan Gilsdorf
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Previous Students Say

  • Inspired Me to Write More
  • Frequent Deadlines
  • Generative


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  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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