From Anecdote to Essay: Personal Essay Workshop with Jessica Ciencin Henriquez
Wednesdays: 8:00-9:30pm EST
July 11 - August 8th
Online Interactive Video Course with Chat
This is a class for those of you that love everything about a writing workshop except for the part where you have to read everyone else's work and offer them feedback. Basically, this class is for the narcissist in all of us!
A story can change the world, change your life or at the very least change a mind. Over the course of this five-week class, you will get over 'writer’s block' and start producing work from week one. We will write, revise, write again and revise again until we’ve sharpened the details, dialogue and overall arc of your story. You’ll learn how to embrace the revision process and understand why it is so necessary. We will take a deep (like, real deep) dive into a variety of published personal essays and identify what they have in common so that you can apply their tricks to your pages. We will work to create a judgement free space for you to freely speak your truth into life on the page. Through workshopping each of your essay drafts, you will be able to grasp which of your details work better in a scene, which pieces of dialogue construct characters and propel your story forward. We will also work to edit out the characters and sentences that aren’t pulling their weight. There will be weekly guest speakers from the publishing industry, accountability and constant support. Writing is hard, you don’t have to do it alone.
Together, we will do the work it takes to identify the key factors in your story that take it from punchy anecdote to powerful essay.
In five-weeks, you’ll learn what it takes to get your essay from the bottom of the slush pile and into the pages of the GQ, Time, Teen Vogue, Self, and even The NYT Sunday Styles.
**There is no workshop component to this class. You will not be required to read the work of your peers and provide them feedback.
**Though real-time attendance is not required, it is highly encouraged. If you need to miss a session the class will be available for you to view at anytime.