NY Times Worthy Personal Essay
Online May 16, May 23, Jun 6, Jun 13, Jun 20 (5 Sunday Afternoons)2:00pm - 5:00pm Pacific$485
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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 Los Angeles NY Times worthy personal essay class, NY Times Modern Love alum Terri Cheney 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 Terri’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!
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 197 Writing Pad Alums (26 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, NY Times Well # 1, NY Times Well # 2, New York Times Well #3, New York Times Well #4, New York Times Well #5, New York Times Well #6, New York Times Well #7, New York Times Well #8, New York Times Well #9, New York Times Well #10, New York Times Well #11, New York Times Well #12, New York Times Well #13, NY Times Style, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, Bon Appetit, Boston Globe, Brain, Child, Daily Beast, Cosmopolitan, DAME, Elle #1, Elle #2, Elle #3, 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,The Lily #1 (Washington Post), The Lily #2 (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, Teen Vogue, The Beauty Bean, Shine, The Date Report, The Smart Set, Vice, Vogue #1, Vogue #2, Vogue #3, Washington Post #1, Washington Post #2, Washington Post #3, Washington Post #4, Washington Post #5, Washington Post #6, Washington Post #7, Whole Life, Wired. .
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.
If you are unsure of whether your computer can handle video conferencing, please review the system requirements.
NY Times Modern Love, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, 3 published memoirs
Terri Cheney's essay for the “Modern Love” column of the New York Times was recently adapted for the Amazon TV series, starring Anne Hathaway as Terri. Her personal essay collection, Modern Madness: An Owner’s Manual, was published in Sept. 2020 and was picked as a Barnes & Noble Best of 2020 (Psychology category). Shelf Awareness, the publishing industry newsletter, said “Cheney has proven herself a master . . . in pinning down her experiences in her writing.” Terri is also the author of the memoir Manic, a New York Times bestseller, which was optioned by HBO, and translated into 8 foreign languages. Publishers Weekly said Manic has, "evocative imagery . . . more than a train-wreck tearjerker, the memoir draws strength from salient observations . . . startlingly lucid descriptions" and the Boston Globe said, "Cheney writes with passionate clarity." It was followed by a prequel, The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar. Terri’s writing and commentary have been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Glamour, and an ongoing blog for Psychology Today, which has over 1 million views.