Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Advanced Personal Essay Writing with Ken Foster at Mediabistro.com

Beginning April 28th, an eight week online course "for experienced essayists who want to dig deeper."

Readers and editors seem to love the personal essay -- so why is writing them sometimes such a challenge? How can we expand on the personal aspects to achieve something with a more universal meaning? And what can we do when the well seems to have run dry?

This intensive 8-week online class is for experienced students who are ready to dig deeper and demand more from themselves and each other. We'll be looking at examples of published work in magazines and anthologies and discussing how they succeed. Students will generate and workshop short drafts of new ideas -- and work on revising longer work that has you stuck.

In this class, you will learn:

How to identify what makes your experience compelling for others
How to explore the hidden narratives that can and should shape your work
How to use "ordinary" details and events to create extraordinary insights
How to reshape your tale using the techniques of fiction while retaining the integrity of the truth
How to approach editors and submit your work
By the end of the course, you will have:
Five short pieces with notes on how to expand them into essays and at least one complete and salable personal essay

Students who have taken this class have been published in:
The New York Times, Modern Love, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Self, Runner's World, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more

Sign up at http://www.mediabistro.com/courses/cache/crs4511.asp?c=mbsoccrs

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