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Our Mortal Bodies: Writing Essays on Sex, Illness and Death: Online

6 weeks online; no live meetings. Portal opens on February 6th
Level: For Everyone
12 seats max

In this class, we will work on developing drafts for essays that deal with the intimacies of our mortal bodies. Whether delving into the details of a personal illness or injury, exploring the impacts of a loved one's death, or uncovering aspects of one's sexuality, we will discuss how to handle such topics with sensitivity, wit and grace. We will conduct weekly reading assignments relevant to the topic before venturing on our own projects throughout the remainder of the class. Exercises will usually include weekly writing prompts, as well as the opportunity to workshop at least one personal piece of each student's choice. You’ll come away from the class with an increased confidence when it comes to writing about such topics as well as a few drafts of solid polished essays you've authored you can either further expand or build upon or seek publication for as discrete pieces.

This class is for prose writers, but experimental or hybrid forms of essay such as lyrical essays and/or prose poems are also welcome.

*Please note that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Assignments and deadlines will be given by your instructor. Students will have access to the online class portal starting at 5pm on the first day of class. Instructions for logging onto the online portal will be emailed to registered students before 5pm the first day of class.

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.



Laura Kiesel
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Writing Homework
  • Reading Homework
  • Class Discussion
  • Craft Lessons
  • Get Feedback
  • Generate New Work


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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