Personal Essay I

WRITING X 422.1

Learn to write humorous essays, opinion pieces, and mini-memoirs about your life in this introductory course.

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Online
Remote Instruction
Starting at $665.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

What you can 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.

Spring 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses are fully online and have no regular meeting times.

Available
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Liz Stephens
378973
Fee:
$695.00
35 days left. Enroll by Apr 7, 2021
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 21, 2021

These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Available
-
Wednesday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Antonia Crane
378974
Fee:
$665.00
35 days left. Enroll by Apr 7, 2021
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 21, 2021
Course Requirements
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Apr 7, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Apr 14, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Apr 21, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Apr 28, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed May 5, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed May 12, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed May 19, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed May 26, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Jun 2, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Jun 9, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online

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Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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