Personal Essay III


This advanced workshop helps you polish existing essay drafts into powerful pieces suitable for publication.

Starting at $785.00
As few as 10 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Revise your essay drafts into powerful, sellable pieces
  • Analyze markets and trends to locate where your writing fits best
  • Learn how to submit your work for publication
  • Give and receive feedback in a group of collaborative peers

About this course:

Designed for those familiar with the personal essay form and who are already convinced of its unique power to reach the masses, this advanced workshop focuses on revising existing works, analyzing current markets and trends, and submitting for publication. You establish yourself as a professional by completing hands-on assignments rooted in the real world, participating in extensive peer review, and receiving practical support.

WRITING X 422.2 Personal Essay II or comparable workshop experience.

Summer 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

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

Enrollment Closed
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Victoria Zackheim
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Enrollment limited to 12 students. Visitors not permitted. $100 non-refundable. Not eligible for any discounts.

The application deadline for this advanced course is Monday, June 15 at 9am (PST).

Course may be taken to satisfy core (Advanced) units in the Nonfiction Certificate Program, or as an elective in either fiction/creative nonfiction certificate.

For more information on programs and services offered by the Writers’ Program, please visit our website.

To apply:

Log in with your existing student account and then “add to cart”, or click “add to cart” and follow the prompts to create a new or returning student account. Then, follow the remaining instructions below:

  1. Click “Start” on the first Application page.
  2. On the 2nd Application page, click “Start” on the bottom left side of the page.
  3. After that, you will be asked to upload a writing sample, per the guidelines below. 
  4. Once you finish the steps, click "Submit Application."

Please note that there are no pre-approvals. All students must submit the following requirements in order to be eligible for an advanced creative writing course.

Submission guidelines: submit one document (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins on all sides) containing a 10-page writing sample; a synopsis of up to one page for any longer submitted works (novels); a personal statement of one paragraph outlining what the student hopes to gain from the class; and a list of previous courses completed in the Writers’ Program or other programs, with instructors (when known).

NOTE: Despite being asked to enter payment information, YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED for this course unless you choose to enroll if/when you receive a notice of acceptance for the course. In other words, it’s 100% free to apply. The full course fee will be due up front to register, prior to attending the course.

Selection notices will likely be distributed via email 1-2 weeks before the class is scheduled to start. In the meantime, you can also register for alternative open-enrollment course and transfer upon your acceptance.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after June 24, 2020
Course Requirements

Contact Us

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

This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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