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Placing Personal Essays in Mainstream Publications: Online

6 weeks online; no live meetings. Portal opens April 17th
Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

Pitching essays to newspapers and print and online magazines is a skill that comes with its own rules and guidelines. This class will teach you how to pitch essays, target market audiences, and adapt your work to appeal to mainstream publications. We will identify the four main types of mainstream essays, compare mainstream essays to literary ones, and break down published work as a way to identify the elements and structure of what makes an essay appealing to mainstream places. You'll also submit a completed essay for instructor feedback on the last week of class. The first half of the class will focus on craft discussion, while the second half will hone in on writing and 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.

*Note that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Assignments will be given on a weekly basis. 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. 

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Britni De La Cretaz
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Lots of Practical Tips"
  • "Very Well-Organized"


  • Study Published Writing
  • Get Feedback
  • Generate New Work
  • Instructor Feedback


  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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