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    This class will teach you how to turn your own experiences, anecdotes, fears and ideas into compelling essays.

    One of the most popular and innovative forms of writing today is the personal essay. In this class, students will learn to pair traditional journalistic methods and structures with the narrative energy of short fiction and memoir in order to craft compelling essays. The class will focus on:

    Basic elements and structures

    Figuring out the frame of the essay

    What to summarize and what to put into short scenes

    How structure changes depending on length (800 words versus, say, 2000)

    Expectations of fact-checkers and how to fact check your own memory


    You're writing or interested in writing personal essays.

    You're having trouble turning your life experiences into a coherent essay.

    You're curious about what goes in to craft personal essays.

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