The Short, Publishable, Commercial Personal Essay

Friday, April 19th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
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In this seminar, we'll look at models for short (under 1,000 word) personal essays in a variety of mainstream commercial publications: Boston Globe Magazine's "Connections" column; NY Times "Modern Love,"; Salon's "Life" and a couple others from magazines, newspapers, websites and popular literary journals. We'll then look at the craft, form and structure elements that make up these essays; in class exercises will allow us to immediate put into practice what we observe. By the end of our 6 hours together, you'll have written a draft or serious notes and passages towards a new short, publishable, commercial personal essay.

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Ethan Gilsdorf
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  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing
  • Lecture
  • Craft Lessons


  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Publishing & Promotion
  • Professional Development & Skills

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