Reading and Writing the Personal Essay (with Mark Wallace)

Mark Wallace




TUESDAYS, APRIL 30 —MAY 28  |  In this class, you’ll learn how to unlock the secrets of great personal essays and apply them to your own writing. The class combines close reading of outstanding essays past and present with focused workshopping in each session. We will get at the heart of what makes a great personal essay tick, and see how those principles can be applied to the work students bring to class. Each class will open with a discussion of an assigned essay and/or essays students have discovered in their reading, then move into workshopping. The workshopping will focus on what each writer wants to accomplish, with constructive feedback to help them move closer to the goals they set for their work. By the end of five weeks, you will have made strides in your understanding of how great writers approach the personal essay, and be ready to bring these tools to your own work.

A freelance writer based in San Francisco, Mark Wallace‘s essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Independent, the Sigh Press, and elsewhere, and his feature journalism in Fast Company, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Salon, Wired, and many others.


Number of sessions: 5

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dates: Tuesdays, April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28

Course fee: $298

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