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Online Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29 (5 Thursday Afternoons)4:00pm - 7:00pm Pacific$4951 Spot Left

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Have you always wanted to write a 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 five-week live online personal essay writing 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. 2x NY Times Modern Love alum Sara Eckel (Washington Post, Psychology Today, 1 Book) will show you how to make your essay relatable, targeted for the right publication, and tantalizing to readers.

NY Times Modern LoveYou’ll learn about the essential elements of the personal essay: the hook, angle, tone, and epiphany, the structure of personal essays, and the different types of personal essays. Sara will share her secrets for finding what newspapers, magazines and websites are looking for; what strikes them as cliché, and what they find different and interesting. 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!

Note: This class is limited to 8 students.

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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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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Sara Eckel

2x NY Times Modern Love, Washington Post, Psychology Today, 1 Book

Sara Eckel has been a full-time freelance writer since 1997. Her essays, arts criticism and reported pieces have appeared in The New York Times Modern Love (2 essays), The New York Times, The Washington Post, Longreads, The BBC, The Boston Globe Magazine, Salon, The Daily Beast, Forbes, The Shambhala Sun, Psychology Today, The Village Voice, Bookforum, Time Out New York, Good, Working Mother, Self, Martha Stewart Living and many other publications. Sara is the author of It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single, (Perigee, 2014). MORE