Humorous Personal Essay Find the Funny
LA – West Jan 27, Feb 17, Mar 3, Mar 10, Mar 17 (5 Sun. Afternoons)2:00pm - 5:00pm$425
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Have you always wanted to write a humorous 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 Los Angeles Humorous 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. Successful essayist Brett Paesel (Modern Love) will show you how to make your essay hilarious, relatable, targeted for the right publication, and tantalizing to readers.
You’ll learn about the essential elements of the humorous personal essay: the hook, angle, tone, and epiphany, the structure of personal essays, and the different types of personal essays. She’ll help you find the weakness in your piece, uncover opportunities for expansion and comedy that you didn’t even know existed, and ensure that you’re reaching a conclusion that both surprises and satisfies. 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 126 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! 7 sold essays to the New York Times, 3 of which got into NY Times Modern Love. 5 people made $5k on one story!
You can read some of the essays here: New York Times Modern Love, New York Times Well #1, New York Times Well #2, New York Times Well #3, New York Times Well #4, Real Simple, New York Magazine, Black Clock, Boston Globe, Brain, Child #1, Brain, Child #2,Daily Beast, DAME, Elle #1, Elle #2, 5280,Huffington Post #1, Huffington Post #2, Huffington Post #3, LA Times #1, LA Times #2, LA Times #3, LA Times #4, LA Times #5, LA Times #6, LA Times #7, LA Times #8, 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, Washington Post #1, Washington Post #2, Washington Post #3, Washington Post #4, Whole Life
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Producer, Transparent, 7 Pilots Sold, NY Times Modern Love, Bestselling Memoirist
Brett Paesel has sold 7 pilots to HBO, ABC, Comedy Central, Fox, WB, Lifetime, and Nick at Nite (three of which were based on her bestselling memoir, "Mommies Who Drink". She was a consulting producer on Amazons' Emmy Award Winning, "Transparent" and "I Love Dick". In her producing capacity, Brett consulted with writers and directors on identifying and carving out emotional beats for characters in both episodes and the season as a whole. 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 the author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling memoir, “Mommies Who Drink: Sex, Drugs, and Other Distant Memories of an Ordinary Mom” (Warner Books) and the blog, “Last of the Bohemians”. “Mommies Who Drink” was selected as an Elle Magazine Must Read, a hot summer pick in Entertainment Weekly, and one of “Summers’ Hottest Reads” in People Magazine. The Boston Globe proclaimed the book “honest, affectionate, and smartly written. . . real, and laugh-out-loud funny.” Her comic essays have been included in several collections including “Lights, Action, Travel” and “Behind the Bedroom Door”. Brett has taught screenwriting and sketch at Second City and nonfiction writing for The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Brett recently sold her novel "The Last Perfect Day" to Grand Central Publishing. As an actor, Brett was in the casts of "Mr. Show with Bob and David" and played Rita on "Transparent".