Finding Your Essay Ending: Online
Do you have an essay you want to get out into the world, but have no idea how to end it? You’ve come to the right place! Most essay-related classes spend time on hooks, scene-setting, and narrative structure, but it’s rare to focus specifically on how to end an essay well. In this class, you’ll hone that particular skill, through readings, craft talks, and workshopping.
We’ll read widely: narrative journalism by Taffy Brodesser-Akner and CJ Hauser; conceptually driven essays by Jia Tolentino and Ross Gay; and essays in literary journals by Danielle Geller and Cheryl Strayed. Weekly craft videos from the instructor will focus on, of course, how those writers ended their essays, and why those endings work. You’ll have the opportunity to submit twice for workshop, working with multiple versions of a single essay: first, you’ll submit a newly drafted essay, and you’ll get traditional feedback on the piece from peers, with some attention to that essay’s ending. You’ll then complete a generative revision exercise, in which you’ll draft several possible versions of your essay, each towards a different ending. You’ll submit those revised pieces for a second workshop, and peers and your instructor will provide feedback on which version(s) of the revised essay work best, and why, with an emphasis on endings in that feedback.
You’ll leave the class with a greater understanding of what makes for a successful essay ending, and greater facility in revising your own essays towards strengthening their endings. We recommend some prior experience in essay-writing and revision for this class, so that this specificity of focus will be useful for you.
*NOTE that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink, our online class platform, before 5pm on the first day of class.
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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