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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Advanced
  • 11 Weeks

Master Narrative Personal Essay

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  • $720.00 Non-Member
  • $690.00 Member

Class Description

In this advanced course, experienced students working on narrative personal essays will receive support, guidance, and feedback. We'll discuss elements of craft at a high level; try new forms, techniques, voices, and structures; and develop strategies for revision. Prompts, exercises, readings by exemplary authors, and discussion will help you see your own narrative personal essays with fresh eyes. We’ll cover submitting your essays for publication and working with editors, and a professional writer or editor will visit the class to answer questions about the writing, submitting, and editorial process. By the end of the course, you’ll have submitted work for critique four times (one piece should be a revision of a previously workshopped essay), and you’ll have fine-tuned at least one essay for submission to publications. Only experienced essay writers who have taken previous narrative nonfiction workshops at GrubStreet or elsewhere should apply. Space is limited to 9 students to foster a closer, more intense, and more rigorous learning experience.

Important dates:

The application deadline for this class is August 26th at 5:00pm.

The deadline for accepted students to confirm their seats is Tuesday, September 6th, at noon.

The payment deadline is 5:00pm on September 8th.

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. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

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!