Personal Essay I
WRITING X 422.1
Learn to write humorous essays, opinion pieces, and mini-memoirs about your life in this introductory course.
What you will learn.
- Learn to be a compelling first-person narrator
- Work on theme, character development, voice, and pacing for your life stories
- Complete at least one personal essay of at least 600 words
About this course:
"Personal Essay" is a broad term that encompasses humorous essays, opinion pieces, and mini-memoirs, but which always details the writer's journey through a specific experience. This workshop teaches aspiring personal essayists how to be a compelling first-person narrator and employ craft elements such as theme, character development, voice, pacing, scene-setting, and exposition to tell their stories. The goal is to complete at least one personal essay (600-2,500 words) and develop material for future essays.