Class: Writing and Releasing Personal Essays With Marnie Goodfriend

Writing and Releasing Personal Essays

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. PST
April 8-May 6
Five week course, online
Instructor: Marnie Goodfriend

Personal essay is a blend of excavation, creative writing and craft. Now more than ever, we are looking inward to heal ourselves and the outside world, to create something beautiful when the world has fractured. Whether you frequently write personal essays or are feeling an urge to put a pen to the page during this strange and difficult season, we all need guidance, community and feedback to create, revise and complete stories that help us understand the human experience.

In this five-week online writing course, participants will learn the art of the personal essay by dissecting structure (and how to bend it), voice (and how to find yours) and other essential craft elements. We will identify each writer’s unique voice and areas of interest. Through readings and discussions about what makes an essay unique yet relatable to readers, we will generate lists of story ideas and workshop two essays in a supportive and safe environment. The last class is reserved for the tools and resources necessary to submit work to the appropriate outlets and writing a successful pitch letter.

Led by AFLW’s creative nonfiction editor Marnie Goodfriend, this course will help experienced and new writers go from start to publish.

Marnie Goodfriend is a memoirist, journalist and 2016 PEN America fellow. She has received scholarships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Skidmore College and Vermont College of Fine Arts. A contributing writer for She Knows, she has published articles and essays in TIME, LA Weekly, The Washington Post, Yahoo, Ravishly, HelloGiggles and The Huffington Post, among others. Marnie is the creative nonfiction editor at Angels Flight • literary west and essays editor at The Nervous Breakdown. An adoptee and sexual assault survivor and advocate, she has written two forthcoming memoirs, BIRTH MARKS and CHEWING GRAVEL. Her based-on-true-events television series is currently in development.

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