Have you always wanted to write a personal essay but you don’t know where to start? Or have you dreamed of seeing one of your essays published in the New York Times or Salon? Then this six week live online personal essay class is for you. Using fun in-class exercises, we’ll help you transform your bad blind dates and visits from unruly parents into insightful, compelling revelations. NY Times Modern Love alum Kalle Mattila (NY Times, The Atlantic, Monocle) will show you how to make your essay relatable, targeted for the right publication, and tantalizing to readers. You’ll learn about the essential elements of the personal essay: the hook, angle, tone, and epiphany, the structure of personal essays, and the different types of personal essays. Kalle will share his secrets for finding what newspapers, magazines and websites are looking for; what strikes them as cliché, and what they find different and interesting. We’ll workshop one of your essays until it’s perfect. By the end of class, you’ll have a kick-ass essay that is ready to be submitted for publication and a plan of where to submit it. Your goal will be to sell your essay within a couple of weeks after the class ends! You’ll be well on your way to joining the ranks of the 101 Writing Pad Alums who have been published and have gotten paid for their work in publications such as Self, Marie Claire, LA Times, Salon, Spirit Magazine, and New York Magazine!
You can read some of the essays here: Black Clock, Boston Globe, Brain, Child #1, Brain, Child #2, DAME, Elle #1, Elle #2, 5280, The Frisky, LA Times #1, LA Times #2, LA Times #3, LA Times #4, LA Times #5, LA Times #6, Marie Claire #1, Marie Claire #2, Men’s Journal, Morning News #1, Morning News #2, Narratively, Nerve, Role Reboot, Salon #1, Salon #2, Salon #3, Salon #4, Salon #5, Salon #6, Salon #7, Salon #8, Salon #9, Salon #10, Salon #11, Salon #12, Salon #13, Salon #14, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Self #1, Self #2, The Beauty Bean, Shine, The Date Report, The Smart Set, Vice, Whole Life!
Instructor: Kalle Mattila
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov 7, 14 (6 Tues. nights)
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. PST
Kalle Oskari Mattila is a Finnish writer living in New York City. His personal essays and narrative journalism have appeared in The New York Times Modern Love column, The New York Times Metropolitan Diary, The Atlantic, and Monocle. He has held managerial positions at Penguin Press in London – one...Read More »
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Cancellation Policy: All sales are final and there are no refunds. Credit may be offered based on class availability. If you can’t come to class, call or email us as far in advance as possible. We will do everything we can to fill your spot, but we can’t make any guarantees. Credit eligibility is not based upon your reason for being unable to attend a class; it is based upon the timing of your credit request and our ability to fill your spot. If we find someone to take your place, you will receive class credit minus a $10 processing fee. Otherwise, your payment will be forfeit. To use class credits, you need to sign up for class in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 323.333.2954.