Every single day we spend hours scrolling over the many stories saturating the internet, we flip through magazines and read about the experiences of others that make us laugh or cry or think or question our own beliefs.
What if I told you that you could write a story like that?
Half the work of a personal essay is living it and you’ve already done that.
A story can change the world, change your life or at the very least change a mind. So why not you? Why not share your story with the World?
Over the course of this four-week workshop, 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 four-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.
*Space is limited due to the intimate nature of the class.
Wing Members will receive a 15% off discount with the code: LADIESFIRST
Week 1: Introductions, review syllabus, discuss goals and reservations when it comes to writing personal essay, beginnings, and how to establish authority in 300 words or less; workshop #1
Week 2: Middles; building drama, conflict, and tension on the page; workshop #2
Week 3: Endings; workshop #3
Week 4: The What & Why of the story you’re telling; Q&A on submitting your essay; best case scenarios/ worst case scenario; workshop #4 and writing wrap party.
What You'll Walk Away With:
A polished 1500 word essay, a pitch letter and a couple of editors to send it off to.
Goodie bag from sponsors like Parcel Paper Co, Velvette Organics and Jars by Dani.
Weekly accountability from an amazing group of kick ass women.
Honest and thorough feedback and edits from yours truly.
My not-so-little- black book of editor contacts (emails and pitching preferences!) from over 75 publications.
Never ending support from me...I'll be rooting you on long after this workshop ends.
*Wing Members and Non-Members are encouraged to apply.
*All writing levels are welcome.
*Full refunds are available within 7 days of the first class.
*A payment plan is available and can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page.
***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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