Writing Through Grief: Personal Essay Intensive - Remote!

4 Wednesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting August 4th.
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
This class is full

In this class, we will discuss the ways in which writers turn to the personal essay after experiencing a loss in their lives, and whether these ways are always successful. We will talk about craft - point of view, time, character, structure - as well as the responsibilities writers have when writing about a loss that is not just their own. What do we owe to ourselves when writing about grief and loss; and what do we owe to our loved ones, especially those who have passed away? How do we preserve their dignity and honor while also writing our own truth? What is the goal of writing the essay, and who is it for? And finally, how do we preserve the story without turning it into a product to be consumed?

These are some of the questions we'll explore over the course of 4 weeks. Students will work toward writing and revising a personal essay that will be workshopped in the duration of the class. We will read published personal essays that discuss loss and trauma from writers such as Ross Gay, Nicole Chung, and David Sedaris. This class is meant for students who have experience writing and workshopping creative nonfiction work, especially memoir and narrative personal essays. 

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! 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 via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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Nihal Mubarak
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  • "Generative"
  • "Frequent Deadlines"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Writing Homework
  • Reading Homework
  • Revision Assignments
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons


  • Personal Essay

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