Personal Essay I

WRITING X 422.1

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

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In-Person
Online
Remote
Starting at $720.00
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 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.

Winter 2023 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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This section has no set meeting times.
Enrollment Closed
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Instructor: Victoria Zackheim
390077
Fee:
$720.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This online course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 25, 2023
Course Requirements

Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

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Tuesday, Thursday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Enrollment Closed
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Instructor: Brian Sonia-Wallace
390071
Fee:
$720.00
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Location: UCLA
Notes

No Meeting January 26, March 9, 2023.

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This course meets in person at the designated class meeting time and location. Students must be present at the course meeting time 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 February 02, 2023
Course Requirements

Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Jan 19, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Jan 24, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2242
Discussion
Thu Feb 2, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Thu Feb 9, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Thu Feb 16, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Thu Feb 23, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Thu Mar 2, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Thu Mar 16, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Thu Mar 23, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Thu Mar 30, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256

Spring 2023 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Wednesday 5:30PM - 8:30PM PT
Future Offering (Opens February 06, 2023 12:00:00 AM)
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Instructor: Cynthia Dewi Oka
391063
Fee:
$720.00
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Location: Remote Classroom
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 26, 2023
Course Requirements

Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Apr 12, 2023
5:30PM PT - 8:30PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Apr 19, 2023
5:30PM PT - 8:30PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Apr 26, 2023
5:30PM PT - 8:30PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed May 3, 2023
5:30PM PT - 8:30PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed May 10, 2023
5:30PM PT - 8:30PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed May 17, 2023
5:30PM PT - 8:30PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed May 24, 2023
5:30PM PT - 8:30PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed May 31, 2023
5:30PM PT - 8:30PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Jun 7, 2023
5:30PM PT - 8:30PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Jun 14, 2023
5:30PM PT - 8:30PM PT
Remote Classroom
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This section has no set meeting times.
Future Offering (Opens February 06, 2023 12:00:00 AM)
See Details
Instructor: Jacqueline Stenson
391010
Fee:
$720.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 26, 2023
Course Requirements

Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

Book: The Best American Essays 2020 by Andre Aciman

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