Come one, come all. Please join my essay class on May 15th. More info and signup here.
After the last class I taught at LitReactor, my students placed essays in The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, and Hobart.
Email me with any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CLASS:
There’s power in words.
A personal essay can entertain or teach, warn or admonish. It can hold the whole of your life experience, or just generate a good laugh. There’s more than one way to write an essay—which is what makes the discipline so fun and versatile.
But writing personally can be difficult and questions like these often come up:
- What will my family and friends think?
- Why would anyone care what I have to say?
- Where will I publish something so personal?
In Polish & Publish Your Personal Essay, you’ll study both contemporary and timeless essays, and why personal essays are vital. Students will learn how to engage, move, and connect with their readers, by reading essays and experimenting with their own. Throughout class, students will be given prompts related to creative nonfiction publications and encouraged to submit. And there will be an ongoing conversation regarding the emotions that are often triggered when writing hyperpersonally.
The instructor, Chloe Caldwell, knows a lot about writing personal essays—and placing them for publication. Her work has been published in venues like Salon, The Rumpus, Thought Catalog, Nylon, The Nervous Breakdown, xoJane, The Frisky, The Sun Magazine, SMITH, Jewcy, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Freerange Nonfiction, The Faster Times, The Fix, and Men’s Health. She also has a piece in the anthology Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC, alongside writers like Roxane Gay and Cheryl Strayed.
In the first half of the class, you’ll study the art of the personal essay—where to start and how to make it effective. In the second half, Chloe will help you nail down your voice, and find venues that would be best suited for your work.
Along the way, Chloe will be critiquing your work and answering your questions in a collaborative, judgment-free environment. All skill levels welcome!
Oh, and in case you were wondering how effective the class is, some of Chloe’s students from the last round of this class are already placing work. Angela Giles Patel published “Drifting Beyond The Pale” at The Nervous Breakdown. Ray Shea published “Fat Guy” at Hobart. Another student got a piece picked up by TheRumpus.net. Another student is a finalist for a prestigious journal prize.
Spread the word or sign on up! I would love to have you.