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Humorous Personal Essay Find the Funny

Online Oct 17, Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21 (5 Saturday Mornings)10:30am - 1:30pm Pacific$4251 Spot Left

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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 Rich Monahan (NY Times, Esquire, Vice, Moth GrandSLAM) will help you dig deep into your treasure trove of personal experience to find the literary diamond in the rough that you can polish into a hilarious, relatable and tantalizing gem. You’ll even get a private meeting to get final notes on your piece and figure out where to send it. 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 172 Writing Pad Alums (17 of whom got into the NY Times) who have sold essays and articles with Writing Pad’s help! You can read some of the essays here: New York Times Modern Love #1, New York Times Modern Love #2, New York Times Modern Love #3, New York Times Well #1, New York Times Well #2, New York Times Well #3, New York Times Well #4, The New York Times Well #5, New York Times Well #6, New York Times Well #7, New York Times Well #8New York Times Well #9, New York Times Well #10, The New York Times Well #11, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, Boston Globe, Brain, Child, Daily BeastCosmopolitanDAME, Elle #1, Elle #2, 5280,Huffington Post #1,Huffington Post #2, Huffington Post #3,LA Times #1, LA Times #2LA Times #3, LA Times #4, LA Times #5, LA Times #6, LA Times #7, LA Times #8, The Lily (Washington Post), 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, Washington Post #5, Washington Post #6, Whole Life.        .

How our online classes work:

Online classes can be attended from anywhere with an internet connection. You’ll be able to see and hear both your teacher and your fellow students. For the best experience, we recommend attending online classes in a quiet space, and using headphones or a headset.

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Rich Monahan

(NY Times, Vice, Esquire)

Rich Monahan is a writer, storyteller, and producer living in Los Angeles. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, Vice, Esquire SG, McSweeney's, Grantland, and more. A Moth GrandSLAM winner, he is currently a co-host of That Reminds Me, a live monthly storytelling show in Los Angeles. Projects he produced have appeared online, on television, at SXSW, and the Sundance Film Festival. MORE