Master Personal Essay
In this advanced course, experienced students working on narrative, long-form personal essays will receive support, guidance, and feedback. We'll discuss elements of craft at a high level; try new forms, techniques, voices, and structures; and develop strategies for revision.
Prompts, exercises, readings by exemplary authors, and discussion will help you see your own narrative personal essays with fresh eyes. Authors covered will include but are not limited to: Joan Didion, Jia Tolentino, Alana Massey, Phillip Lopate, Sei Shōnagon, Elif Batuman, James Baldwin, and Emily Witt, among others.
By the end of the course, you’ll have submitted work to the class for critique four times, and you’ll have fine-tuned at least one essay for submission to publications. (Please note that you will receive feedback from both your classmates and the instructor on each of your four submissions.) Students will be given the responsibility to help shape the class and decide what topics the workshop will focus on by submitting questions about their writing along with their essay draft for each submission. Space is limited to 9 students to foster a closer and more rigorous learning experience. Only experienced essay writers who have taken previous narrative nonfiction workshops at GrubStreet or elsewhere should apply."
If you have any technical difficulties filling out this application, please email [email protected].
The Master Personal Essay application is now closed. Applications submitted after January 2nd will not be reviewed.
The payment deadline for admitted students is January 9th.
To apply, please click the red "SEE DIRECTIONS TO APPLY" button in the top right corner of this page. This application will ask you to detail your workshop experience; copy your answer to question 1 from the application and paste it into this field. This page will also ask you to upload a writing sample. Your writing sample and application (from step 1) should all be contained in a single document. Use the "choose file" button to locate your combined application and writing sample. Once you have located and uploaded your combined application & writing sample, click the "Apply" button. You will receive a confirmation email once our system has received your submission.
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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- Generate New Work
- Get Feedback
- Study Published Writing
- In-Class Writing Prompts
- Craft Lessons
- In-Class Writing
- Instructor Feedback
- Personal Essay