Crash Course: How to Write and Sell Your Personal Essay

Instructor: Anjali Enjeti

In this 3-hour class, we’ll explore the myriad forms of the personal essay – from lyrical and braided essays, to prose poems, flash essays, op-eds and hybrid essays that incorporate research and reporting. We’ll talk about how to “hook” an editor with your opening lines, come up with a “message” or “lesson,” and how to build compelling narratives in both long-form and short-form pieces.

We’ll consider the best markets for personal essays as well as the most useful online platforms to help you find the perfect publication for your work; explore typical pay rates; critique successful sample pitch letters; analyze submissions guidelines and gauge timelines for when to follow up with editors.

Class limited to 12.


$ 85.00

Biography: Electric Literature recently named Anjali Enjeti one of “9 Essayists of Color You Should Know About.” Her award-winning essays have appeared in Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Week, New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, Longreads, Atlanta Magazine, and elsewhere. She teaches creative nonfiction in the Etowah Valley MFA program at Reinhardt University and is Membership VP for the National Book Critics Circle. Her debut collection of essays is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press.

Contact Information:

Date(s): Saturday, January 12

Class time: 1p.m. - 4 p.m.

Type of Class: Crash Course

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