What Do You Have to Say for Yourself?
The personal essay is the most common and the most feared genre young writers will face. As a frequent requirement in school admissions, the pressure can feel overwhelming. How can you sum yourself up in five hundred words, or less? How can you represent yourself in the best light, while staying honest? In this workshop, we’ll explore these tricky questions, and learn techniques to craft personal essays that are genuine, shapely, even fun pieces of writing. We’ll read examples by fantastic essayists such as Roxanne Gay, Saeed Jones, Amy Tan, David Foster Wallace, and Joan Didion, among others. We will accommodate students who want to work on their own application topics, and provide inspiration for those who do not. The workshop will culminate in a celebratory reading for friends and family and a printed anthology of student work.
Wednesdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm
01/10, 01/17, 01/24, 01/31, 02/07, 02/14, 02/28, 03/07, 03/14 (no class 02/21)
11 - 15
2 pages per week
178 Bennett Avenue (189th street)