Writing the Memoir/Personal Essay in Progress: Providence

6 Mondays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting April 2nd
School One, Providence, RI
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Level: Intermediate
This class is full

This intermediate workshop is designed for writers working on a variety of personal essay and memoir projects who want to receive regular feedback on them in a supportive and constructively critical environment. Each week, three to five students will bring in up to 5 pages (approximately 1,250-1,500 words) of a personal essay draft or excerpt from a longer memoir and receive on-the-spot feedback. The workshop will also offer weekly in-class readings, craft lessons, and exercises in order to practice techniques and explore solutions to common challenges and craft issues. 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. Depending on enrollment, each student should expect to be workshopped at least three times. The instructor will offer written feedback on one complete draft of any single essay. For intermediate students, especially those have taken "Personal Essay and Memoir Jumpstarter."

NOTE: This class is for adults. 

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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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Generate New Work
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction

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