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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Get Published: Writing the 800-Word Essay

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

In this one-day course, we'll look at the art of writing the 800-word essay. From op-eds to personal essays to the New York Times' "Modern Love" column, the modern essay is the best way to get your stories out into mainstream media. This class will include discussion of the art of the idea, practical guidelines, when a piece is a situation and not a story, and how to arrive at the right idea for this medium. By the end of the workshop, you will come away with a workable draft for your ideal essay.

Part of GrubStreet's "Get Published" series, dedicated to helping writers navigate the publishing world. For more on this series' offerings, click here

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!