Crafting Great Essays from Personal Experience

Turn personal experiences into marketable essays or op-ed columns for newspapers or the web. This popular genre is a great way to break into a competitive marketplace. Editors want writers’ unique perspectives and quirky slants on a wide variety of topics: obsessions, heartbreak, eccentric relatives, current trends, neighborhood issues. Learn how to recast life lessons into essays with universal appeal or to transform them into topical opinion pieces. This course, for novice and more advanced writers alike, explores how to turn ideas into prose, to find forms for your voice and views by practicing different essay styles, and to get your work published. The goal is to leave the class with an essay or opinion piece ready for publication and suggestions for where to submit. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Storytelling: Narrative Tools and Applications.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the different genres within personal essays
  • Helpful advice on getting published

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Writers of all levels
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.