Personal Essay Writing

What do you think about X or Y or Z? And how have your life experiences informed your views on these topics? That’s the essence of a personal essay: viewpoints filtered through the lens of your personal experience. Any topic goes, from the ridiculous to the sublime.
 
Unlike the stiff essays you may have written in school, these should feel personal, imbued with your unique voice and observations. Here you will learn techniques for crafting personal essays and how to market your work.
 
Whether you seek to write about things major or minor, stimulating or tickling, we’ll show you how to write personal essays that do you proud.

Notes

A personal essay is similar to a memoir; both incorporate elements from the writer’s life. But a personal essay focuses more on the viewpoint, and a memoir focuses more on the story. Gotham also offers courses on Memoir Writing and Essay & Opinion Writing, which includes personal essay, among other forms of viewpoint writing.

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The instructor skillfully combined technique, process and personal experience to create an engaging full-day experience.
Michele Keenan
superintendent of schools

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Personal Essay Writing

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Two three-hour sessions on separate days.

Zoom info, tuition: $165
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The Zoom Intensives are taught via the Zoom videoconference platform.

Personal Essay Intensive topics include: personal essay defined, merging the personal and universal, structure, voice, getting published.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a Zoom Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher

Sat, Jun 6 & 13, 1–4 pm et
Zoom Conference

Personal Essay Writing

One-day Intensive

Seven hours in one day (with lunch break).

NYC Tuition: $165
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $300 Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are taught in-person.

Personal Essay Intensive topics include: personal essay defined, merging the personal and universal, structure, voice, getting published.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher
Spring NYC Schedule now available via Zoom Conference
Not offered online.