THIS WED.: PERSONAL ESSAY

Cole KazdinHave 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 is the class 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. Published journalist, Cole Kazdin 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. 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 59 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, xoJANE #1, xoJANE #2, xoJANE #3, xoJANE #4, xoJANE #5, xoJane #6, xoJANE #7, xoJANE #8, xoJANE #9, xoJANE #10!

 

 

September/October Section

Instructor: Cole Kazdin
Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 (4 Wed. nights, 1 one on one consult)
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $395 (includes snacks and tea)
Location: Writing Pad East #2 (652 S. Mateo Street, #207 LA, CA 90021)

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October/November Section
Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 10, 17, Dec. 1 (4 Mon. nights, 1 one on one consult)
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $395 (includes snacks and tea)
Location: Writing Pad East #2 (652 S. Mateo Street, #207 LA, CA 90021)
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COLE KAZDIN

Cole Kazdin’s essays and stories have been published in The New York Times Modern Love column, Salon, Yoga Journal, Smith Magazine, ABC News and featured on NPR as part of The Moth Radio Hour. She is a three-time Moth GrandSLAM champion and storyteller in Los Angeles. Her essays...Read More »


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CANCELLATION POLICY: 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. Refund eligibility is not based upon your reason for being unable to attend a class; it is based upon the timing of your refund 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 marilyn@writingpad.com or calling 323.333.2954.