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The Personal Essay in Progress: Providence

6 Mondays starting April 24th, 10:00am-1:00pm
231 Douglas Ave., Providence, R.I. 02908
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
14 seats max

This workshop is designed for writers who are already working on a variety of personal essay projects and want to receive regular feedback on them in a supportive and constructively critical environment. Typically, each week, three students will bring in up to 5 pages (approx. 1,500 words maximum) of a personal essay draft and receive on-the-spot feedback. Depending on enrollment, each student should expect to present work for the workshop at least three times. Based on students' needs, goals, and issues as they arise, the workshop will also offer weekly in-class readings, craft lessons, and exercises in order to practice techniques and explore solutions to common challenges faced by personal essay writers. The class is designed to be nimble, reactive, and require very little of students outside of class, so that you can focus on your work. The instructor will offer written feedback on one complete draft of any single essay. For intermediate and advanced students.

Note: This class takes place at Providence College/ Smith Hill Annex, 231 Douglas Ave., Providence, R.I. 02908 (not the main Providence College campus). Street parking is available in front of the building on Douglas Avenue, or on any side streets.  Parking behind the building is for residents only and persons in need of handicap accessible parking spots.

Class will not be held on Memorial Day.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this pageIn order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.


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Ethan Gilsdorf
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  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Reading
  • Lecture
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing Prompts
  • Generate New Work


  • Literary Journalism

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