WED. 5/13: ADVANCED PERSONAL ESSAY

Brett2You’ve learned the basics of the personal essay. But how do you keep the magic going day after day, week after week, year after year? In this four-week class, Brett Paesel will help you take your essay and freelancing skills to the next level. She’ll show you how to write essays so good, editors will keep coming back for more. You’ll learn to how to evaluate your ideas, write glorious prose, and troubleshoot problematic arcs. She will teach you how to transform your rough drafts into publishable essays. Brett will also discuss approaching contacts, sending pitches, and etiquette issues. Students will have the opportunity to bring questions to class and get them answered. By the end of the class, you’ll have finished 1-2 essays and be well on your way to joining the ranks of the 63 published Writing Pad Alums and have acquired the freelancing skills to keep getting your name in print! We have helped 63 students get paid and published for their work in publications such as Self, Marie Claire, LA Times, Salon, Spirit Magazine, and New York Magazine. You’re next.

 

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!

 

Instructor: Brett Paesel
May 13, 20, 27, June 3 (3 Wed. nights, 1 one on one consult)
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $320 (includes snacks and tea)
Location: Writing Pad East (688 S Santa Fe, Apt. 312, Los Angeles, CA 90021)
Note: Class is only open to people who have taken previous multi-week personal essay classes at Writing Pad or who have considerable essay-writing or journalism experience (write to marilyn@writingpad.com and ask).

 

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BRETT PAESEL

Brett Paesel’s stories, essays, and articles have been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, More magazine, Self, Family Fun, amongst other publications. In addition, she was a contributing editor to Parents and Wondertime (where she was also a beauty and wellness columnist). Brett is...Read More »



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 marilyn@writingpad.com or calling 323.333.2954.