Description of Class
The personal essay can be many things—confessional, political, or comedic, to name a few—and never in history have there been more venues for essay writers to publish their work. While more writers are launching their careers with essays, the markets are wildly diverse in terms of style and length requirements.
So, how can an emerging writer navigate this market and begin to create a platform as an essayist? In this six-week course led by Gina Frangello (Every Kind of Wanting; A Life in Men), participants will work on honing and refining one personal essay to submit for publication.
The course will include a variety of methods of understanding the current essay market, from:
- Reading “successful” personal essays and breaking them down to determine how they do what they do;
- Discerning the difference between fact vs. emotional truth; and
- Selection of ideal markets for participants’ particular work.
Everyone will also have the chance to have one essay critiqued by the group, with suggestions for revision before submission.Top