New Class!
Online: Zoom

Pitching & Submitting Your Personal Essay

4 Thursdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (EST), starting August 4th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Pitching essays to literary journals, for print, and to online magazines and newspapers is a skill that comes with its own rules and guidelines. This class will teach you how to identify your target audience, determine which niche and mainstream publications are the best fit for your work, and finally: PITCH THOSE ESSAYS! We will identify the four types of publication options, compare literary essays to more journalistic ones, and break down published work to identify the elements and structure of what makes an essay appealing based on where it is published.

By the final week of class, you will submit a completed essay and an accompanying pitch for that essay for instructor feedback. Each week, we will spend time on craft discussion as well as writing and practice pitching. By the end of the class, you'll have drafted and revised at least two essay pitches and identified three publications to send each pitch.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!

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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  • Generate New Work
  • Study Published Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Homework
  • In-Class Writing
  • Workshop


  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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