6 Weeks, 6 Essays - Remote!

6 Tuesdays from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST), starting July 6th
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, and bring it into class for immediate feedback. 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, Junot Diaz, Brady Udall, Annie Dillard, Meredith Maran, and others.
Depending on class size, each student will workshop an essay each week, or there will be a rotating workshop schedule for oral feedback from the class and written feedback from the instructor and smaller groups.

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"


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


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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