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  • Workshop
  • School One, Providence, RI
  • Adult (18+)
  • 8 Weeks

Writing the Short, Publishable Personal Essay: Providence

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  • $475.00 Non-Member
  • $455.00 Member

Class Description

Ready to get your essays out into the world? In this workshop, each week you’ll examine short (under 1,500 word) personal essays in a variety of mainstream commercial and literary publications, such as Boston Globe Magazine's "Connections" column; The New York Times' "Modern Love," WBUR's Cognoscenti; The Rumpus; Tin House; Psychology Today; Dame; Salon; Catapult; travel and inflight magazines, and other examples from niche and popular magazines, newspapers, websites and literary journals. Then, over our 6 weeks together, you’ll write 3 short personal essays and submit them to the class for feedback (one of which can be a revised version of a previously submitted essay); each essay will be modeled after a similar published essay we've looked at. Readings, discussion and lectures will provide insight into the craft, form and structure elements that make up these essays; short required exercises will let you immediately put into practice what you observe. We’ll also cover the nuts and bolts and editorial etiquette for submitting to publications. By the end of the workshop, students will be encouraged to submit at least one essay for publication.

NOTE: No class on November 12th.

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.