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NY Times Worthy Personal Essay

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Getting an essay in the New York Times is the crown jewel of personal essays in terms of bragging rights and future book deals. In this five-week Online NY Times worthy personal essay class, NY Times Modern Love alum Autumn Stephens will share her insight into securing this prestigious but elusive prize. Through fun, in-class exercises, an informative craft talk, and in-class feedback, you will learn Autumn’s secret techniques for approaching this essay, including the unspoken expectations of the format, a compelling romantic hook and a crystal clear theme. By the end of the class you will have everything you need to craft your own New York Times Essay, and send it off to the Big Apple!

NY Times Modern Love In this class you’ll write an essay worthy of the NY Times Modern Love, Well and Ties columns. 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 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.        .

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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.

If you are unsure of whether your computer can handle video conferencing, please review the system requirements.


Autumn Stephens

NY Times Modern Love, 20 Books Published

Autumn Stephens's essays, reporting, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Modern Love column, New York Times, the 2019 “best of” Modern Love anthology, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the editor of two anthologies of women’s personal essays and author of the popular Wild Women book series. She's a Stanford alum and a former editor of The East Bay Monthly and has extensive experience teaching writing classes. In addition, Autumn is an experienced writing coach who has assisted many students in crafting, editing, and polishing college essays. Her former students have been admitted to top colleges such as Columbia. MORE