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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 6 Weeks

Six Ways to Write Your Personal Essay

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  • $355.00 Non-Member
  • $340.00 Member

Class Description

Form is part of content in essay writing. As essayists, we don't have the fiction writers' freedom to make up plot and fabricate details. Yet "there’s nothing you cannot do with" the essay, as Annie Dillard declared. In this fun, intensive class, over the course of six weeks, we will explore different essay forms: framed, braided, segmented, layered, and hybrid. Students will respond to prompts based on the particular works we have read, and bring copies of their completed essays to class each week for workshopping. At the end of the class, students will leave with six essay drafts and a path forward to possible publication!

Please note: No class on November 22nd.

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 page. In 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.

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!