Crash Course:  How to Write and Sell Your Personal Essay

Instructor: Anjali Enjeti

This 6-hour class is divided into two 3-hour sessions. In the first session, we’ll explore the myriad forms of the personal essay – from lyrical and braided essays, to prose poems and “confessional” essays, from travel essays to flash essays to hybrid essays that incorporate research and reporting. We’ll learn how to identify the thesis and build compelling narratives for long-form and short-form pieces. We’ll also do a writing exercise. 


After a break, the second session will take a look at recommended markets for personal essays and online resources to help find the perfect publication for your work. We’ll look at pay rates for essays, peruse sample pitch letters, discuss submissions guidelines, and provide tips for following up with editors.


Learn how to position yourself for success from a pro.


Lunch is provided.


Class limited to 12.

$ 185.00

Biography: An award-winning essayist whose work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, Longreads, Atlanta Magazine, and elsewhere. Her essay “Borderline,” was named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2016 and “Identity: Lost and Found” received an honorable mention from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She teaches creative nonfiction in the Etowah Valley MFA program at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, and is a board member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Contact Information:

Date(s): Saturday, July 22

Class time: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Type of Class: One Day Intensive

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