52 slots a year and one of them belongs to you. The New York Times’ Modern Love Column is one of the few publications where an award-winning author and a novice writer have the same shot at sharing their story with millions of readers. Wherever you are in the writing phase (whether your story is just a nagging thought in the back of your mind or whether it’s a draft that’s been sitting in a drawer for three months) this course will help you get out of your own way so that you can get started on the path to polishing and publishing your essay.
Over this four-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 you need it. We will take a deep (like, real deep) dive into what all of those published essays have in common and apply their tricks to your pages. I’ll teach you some insider tips (many I learned from the Editor of Modern Love himself) on how to make your submission stand out from thousands of others in the stack. Through workshopping each of your essay drafts, you will be able to grasp which of your details work better in scene, which pieces of dialogue construct characters and propel your story forward and which sentences aren’t pulling their weight and have got to go. Together, we will do the work it takes to identify the key factors that separate a cute love story from a compelling story that needs to be told.
Students can expect weekly feedback, assigned readings from a variety of past Modern Love essays (some that went viral and some that were forgotten immediately), weekly workshops and an in-class critique of your essay, discussions about the path to publication, and a one-on-one meeting with the instructor to discuss works-in-progress and future writing goals.
*Actual results may vary for each student. @TheWriterJess does not guarantee publication or payment for work. @TheWriterJess intention is to offer a variety of information to help the student in their quest for writing-related growth, and provide them with tools that will be useful on the path to publishing writing.
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