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10/30 The Art of the Essay: How to Write Personal Nonfiction that Catches Readers’ (And Editors’) Attention with Marie Laura Philpott

This class is ideal for both curious beginners and intermediate/advanced writers looking to swap advice or gain new ideas. (Seriously, bring a tip to share with the class, if you like!)

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 We’ll cover:

– Concept generation: what to do when faced with a blank page
– Finding your angle: turning a *story* into an *essay*
– A few notes on publishing: keeping the submissions queue simmering without becoming obsessed (or depressed)

You will eave with a list of writing prompts, suggested reading, editing tips to apply to your own writing right away, and a specific goal for what to do next in your own writing journey.

**Critique Spots**  

Up to six individual critique spots are also available; for an additional fee ( $30 members  $40 nonmembers) you
may submit a personal essay (2,000 words maximum) by August 1. Philpott will read and mark up those essays in advance, then meet with thosestudents in 10-minute slots during the hour after class to discuss editing ideas. These critique spots are available on a first-come / first-served
basis by emailing


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