Saturday Seminar: How to Write and Sell Your Personal Essay with Anjali Enjeti

Instructor: Anjali Enjeti

In this seminar, 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 do close readings of a few essays and discuss what works and what does. We’ll also complete a writing exercise. 

After a short break, we’ll take a look at some of the best markets for personal essays and consider the most useful online platforms to help you find the perfect publication for your work. We’ll explore typical pay rates, critique successful sample pitch letters, analyze submissions guidelines, and discuss timelines for when to follow up with editors. Personal essays are a great market to break into and editors want to read your work!

Class limited to 20.


$ 175.00

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, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Longreads, Atlanta Magazine, and elsewhere. She teaches creative nonfiction in the Etowah Valley MFA program at Reinhardt University, is Membership VP for the National Book Critics Circle, and her debut collection of essays is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press.

Contact Information:

Date(s): Saturday, November 2

Class time: 10:00am - 4:00pm with an hour break for lunch (bring from home or plenty of options nearby for take out)

Type of Class: Saturday Seminar

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