Special Topics in Nonfiction
*REMOTE*

Informing Through Personal Essay - Remote!

$65.00
Members
$75.00
Non-members
Friday, October 16th, 10:00am-1:00pm (EST)
GrubStreet HQ (Remote)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

Personal essays aren’t just about our own experiences or exploring universal truths; they can also be a way to inform an audience about a specialized topic. Are you an expert on climate change? Do you have a rare medical condition? Want to spread the word about something that’s important to you, but you’d rather not write an academic essay or an op-ed? In this seminar you will learn how to harness the personal essay as a teaching tool. Using published essays as our guides, we’ll examine how you can put a personal spin on heavy topics to make those issues interesting and accessible to a wide audience. Come to class with a subject you'd like to write about, and a list of pertinent information you'd like to share, and we'll begin working on the essays in class.

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

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Instructor

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Jennifer Crystal
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Very Well-Organized"

Elements

  • Generate New Work
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons

Genre

  • Literary Journalism

Commitment Level

Low

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