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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Advanced
  • 5 Weeks

The Long and the Short: Two Great Essays

No Longer Enrolling

  • $360.00 Non-Member
  • $345.00 Member

Class Description

This class is focused on writing, revising, and sharing two personal essays, one long and one short. Each student will workshop two essays and revise them with the goal of submitting them for publication or sharing online. To reach this goal, students should have early drafts or, at the very least, an idea of what they want to write about. Students can either write their long and short essays on the same subject, or use unrelated material for two completely different essays. In addition to workshop, we will discuss published essays and do in-class writing and revision exercises. We’ll look at craft, publication, and issues related to writing about your life. Only experienced essay writers who have taken previous nonfiction workshops at Grub Street or elsewhere should apply. Space is limited to 9 students to foster a closer, more intense and more rigorous learning experience.

The deadline to apply for this class has passed. Applicants can expect to be notified of our decisions by March 16th.


Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply or find out more, check out our scholarships page.


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!