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59 Best Essay Creative Writing Classes in 2024

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Do you have a pile of abandoned story drafts or poems? One quarter of a memoir or novel manuscript that you're still not sure what to do with? In this generative class, we'll act as gardeners, using those old drafts as compost to create fertile ground for new pieces.

Website: https://grubstreet.org/seminar/composting-for-writers-new...

Categories: Essay

Start date:

September, 2024

Price:

$85.00

Based in Boston

In this 2-hour generative writing workshop, we’ll revisit coming of age milestones that our adult-selves can now see with compassion. We’ll read multi-genre excerpts as examples, discuss how writers examine those awkward teen years in literature, and write with guided prompts inspired by the pieces.

Website: https://www.porchtn.org/class/writing-the-teen-self

Categories: Essay

Start date:

July, 2024

Price:

$60.00

Based in Nashville

Level: Beginner

Class size: Unlimited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

In this three-hour workshop, we will approach personal essay through memories and experiences with food. In these essays, you can explore your relationship with particular people or with a gathering or event in your life. We will practice several techniques for connecting with food to craft a satisfying personal essay.

Website: https://www.writespacehouston.org/creative-writing.html

Categories: Essay

Start date:

August, 2024

Price:

$45.00

Based in Houston

Level: Any

Class size: 15

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

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In this one-day workshop, students will read pitch examples - both accepted and rejected - to learn how to craft compelling pitches that will catch an editor’s eye, find the right magazine and how to approach them, how to pitch an idea for an essay not yet written, and more.

Website: https://writingworkshops.com/collections/the-best-online-...

Categories: Essay

Start date:

October, 2024

Price:

$75.00

Online course

Level: Beginner

Class size: Limited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

In this four-part class we'll explore the art and magic of writing as a healing process in a collaborative and supportive environment. Together, we will share our stories, read a variety of essays and short fiction in order to identify how others have utilized the written word to heal themselves.

Website: https://rockvalewriterscolony.org/workshops/november-8-10...

Categories: Essay

Start date:

November, 2024

Price:

$425.00

Based in Nashville

Level: Beginner

Class size: Limited

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Ever dreamt of captivating an audience with your storytelling, condensing your writing into a sharp pitch, or confidently speaking in public? This course is designed for you. Uncover the craft of powerful storytelling using the classic "pity, fear, catharsis" framework and contemporary engagement techniques.

Website: https://grubstreet.org/workshop/the-art-of-live-storytell...

Categories: Essay

Start date:

August, 2024

Price:

$235.00

Based in Boston

Level: Any

Class size: 25

Prerequisites: For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.

The aim of this class is to open up your writing by embracing this experimentation with form and structure. You’ll learn about the lyric essay—braided, collage, and hermit crab and more.

Website: https://grubstreet.org/workshop/writing-experimental-essa...

Categories: Essay

Start date:

August, 2024

Price:

$235.00

Based in Boston

Level: Any

Class size: 25

Prerequisites: For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.

This workshop is designed for essay writers who are already working on personal essay projects and want to receive feedback in a supportive and constructively critical environment. The class will include workshops of student writing, discussions on the art and craft, and readings of exemplary works in the genre.

Website: https://grubstreet.org/workshop/developing-your-personal-...

Categories: Essay

Start date:

August, 2024

Price:

$560.00

Based in Boston

Level: Any

Length: 3

Class size: 25

Prerequisites: For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.

Whether you’re working towards a novel or writing short stories, poetry, plays or genre-fluid experiments, this is an opportunity to improve your skills and learn about different literary techniques to help your big ideas come to life.

Website: https://grubstreet.org/workshop/teen-summer-august-week-o...

Categories: Essay

Start date:

August, 2024

Price:

$450.00

Based in Boston

Writing through heartbreak and loss can provide a tool for discovering the insight lurking beneath the pain. Such writing will stir readers’ emotions, even helping process their own pain. Instructor Andrea Meyer will assign readings and writing exercises to help you tell your darkest, scariest, and most gratifying stories.

Website: https://grubstreet.org/seminar/the-tough-stuff-strategies...

Categories: Essay

Start date:

August, 2024

Price:

$235.00

Based in Boston

Level: Advanced

Length: 8

Class size: 9

Prerequisites: At least one act or thirty pages of a screenplay or television pilot completed.

Through craft lessons and writing prompts, students will have fun fleshing out their character and story ideas using food as inspiration and leave with delicious new drafts.

Website: https://grubstreet.org/workshop/teen-summer-food-for-thou...

Categories: Essay

Start date:

August, 2024

Price:

$475.00

Online course

Level: Beginner

Class size: 13

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

If you want to learn the art of writing personal essays, but have no idea where to begin (or you need a refresher), this course is for you. Over six weeks, you will learn the essentials of the personal essay and put them into practice by writing your own drafts.

Website: https://grubstreet.org/workshop/intro-to-the-personal-ess...

Categories: Essay

Start date:

Open all year round

Price:

$375.00

Based in Boston

Level: Any

Class size: 12

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

How to choose an essay writing class

Looking to build your writing skillset, learn more about your genre, or finally finish that essay you’ve been working on? You’re in the right place. That’s why we built this directory of the best writing courses.

However, creative writing classes aren’t one size fit all. If you’re planning to join an essay writing class in particular, you’ll want to make sure that it matches what you’re seeking to learn about essay writing.

So make sure to consider the following questions when you’re researching essay writing courses:

  • Who is the instructor? How many years of experience do they have in essay writing?
  • Is there something in particular you’d like to learn about essay writing? Does this course include it?
  • How long is the course, and where is it taught?
  • How much does the essay writing course cost? Does it fit into your budget?

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