6 Weeks, 6 Essays - Remote!

6 Tuesdays from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST), starting September 14th
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full
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 modeled on exemplary published essays provided by the instructor, some contemporary, some from the vast history of the personal essay. Each weekly essay assignment will experiment with subject matter, focus, form, structure, and voice. Weekly in-class generative writing exercises will allow you to practice new craft  techniques and put into practice what you're learning. Brief discussions of short, contemporary published essays including work by such authors as: Sei Shonagon, Brian Doyle, Gwendolyn Wallace, Ryan Van Meter, Theresa Okokon, Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, Junot Diaz, Annie Dillard, Virginia Woolf, and Brent Staples will illuminate craft topics and enhance your ability to discuss each other’s work. Students will receive oral feedback of their essays during class workshops on alternating weeks (the schedule depends on class size); students will also receive brief written feedback from the instructor. By writing in a shorter format, you’ll learn to write quickly, generate a lot of material, and heighten your storytelling skills.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! 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 via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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

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


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


  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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