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

Where and How to Publish Your Personal Essay

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  • $65.00 Non-Member
  • $55.00 Member

Class Description

You've written your personal essay. Now it's time to find a home for it. But is your essay more for a commercial magazine or newspaper, like the New York Times, Boston Globe Magazine, or WBUR's Cognoscneti? Is it edgier and better suited for an online publication like Salon or The Rumpus? Or is it longer and more literary and more experimental, and more likely to appear in a lit mag? In this seminar, we'll look at markets, resources for learning about markets and writer's guidelines, and how to communicate with editors. We'll also look at how to best present your essays, and during in-class exercises, you'll gussy up your lead paragraphs and find a way to describe your essays to editors in an enticing way. Bring an essay you're hoping to publish.

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!