Enroll in a Writers.com personal essay writing course, and explore this direct, flexible, and intimate form of literary expression.
You’ll get weekly instructor feedback on your work, ongoing collaboration with other personal essay writers, and a supportive course structure that will help you deepen and grow as an essayist.
Learn from published authors who have spent decades perfecting their craft, and are dedicated to supporting you and your work. Don’t miss out: find the online personal essay writing class for you today!
Upcoming Personal Essay Writing Classes
| But What Is Your Story Really About? Finding the Core of Your Short Memoir, Story, or Personal Essay|
April 15, 2020
$260 | 4 Weeks NEW!
Take a four-week writing adventure deep into the core of your story, to find the true theme of your personal essay, short story, or short memoir.
| How To Start A Blog|
April 29, 2020
$215 | 5 Weeks
Create your blog, brand it, create engaging content and successfully promote posts. Taught by journalist, writer and photographer Jessica Festa.
| Let’s Get Personal: The Art and Craft of the Personal Essay|
April 29, 2020
$350 | 8 Weeks
Draw inspiration and material from your life experiences or “real life” people you know to craft compelling, publishable personal essays.
| Experiments in Genre: Finding Creative Inspiration by Messing Up the Rules|
May 6, 2020
$260 | 6 Weeks NEW!
Can you translate the movement of a dance into a poem? What happens when you write a story in the form of a multiple-choice quiz? Learn to take your work in rich and unexpected new directions by subverting and blending genre conventions.
| From Journal To Poem Or Prose: The Chronology Of Mind|
May 6, 2020
$360 | 10 Weeks
Gather material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes to develop into poems or prose works.
| Writing Autobiographical Fiction|
May 20, 2020
$315 | 8 Weeks NEW!
Learn to depart from “what really happened,” and write compelling fiction from your own life experiences.
| Creating the Visual Journal|
May 27, 2020
$315 | 8 Weeks
Go beyond narrow definitions of “journaling” to include visual images and let writing give what is seen a new voice. Surprise yourself.
Unscheduled Personal Essay Writing Classes
Browse our full personal essay offerings below. Let us know which personal essay writing courses you're interested in, and we'll contact you with dates when we're ready to put them on our calendar.
Banish writer’s block, unearth fresh ideas, and sharpen your storytelling ability with the practice of fast, timed writing.
Turn your experience into fiction, autobiography, or creative memoir. Bring forward stories with a powerful truth at their core. Instructor Anya Achtenberg.
Gretchen Clark pick axes her way into the volcanic marriage of real life and fiction. Weekly writing with incisive feedback.
For writers of memoir, creative nonfiction and fiction, with some experience. Particularly helpful to writers in the midst of a longer work.
Make science come alive through storytelling. Write about any area of science, nature and the environment or health and medicine.
Fiction or nonfiction? Article, short story, or how-to book? Do you want to write for children, teens, adults? There is a type of writing that is best suited for you, and the discovery process can be an adventure.
Have a grand time with specific physical exercises that honor your health, generate imaginative ideas, explore deeply and make your creative writing entertaining.
Do you collect cookbooks, love to cook, or religiously read anything about food? This course is for you. With award winning writer Jennifer Billock.
From branding to search engine optimization and advertising, this course puts bloggers on the path to earning an income through their blog.
Elevate your memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, & lyric and personal essays.
Join us for this insightful four-week “get the writing done” program, give and receive thoughtful comments from your fellow writers and the instructor, and enjoy heaps of encouragement and writing wisdom along the way.
For those who want to kick start their writing into high gear.
If you want to be an in demand storyteller in the digital age, you need to get in, get out and get going. In this “short” four-week memoir writing adventure, you’ll learn to scope out, swoop down and snatch up important memories from your life then speed write them into miniature masterpieces.
As a prison volunteer for 20 years, Gloria Kempton has met many anti-heroes. In this course, you’ll receive feedback on your story antagonists.
Explore the literary essay – from the conventional to the experimental, the journalistic to essays in verse – while writing and workshopping your own.
Explore non-traditional and imaginative ways to tell your stories with this ten-week writing course online. Creative nonfiction teacher Gretchen Clark provides detailed feedback on weekly writing assignments that emphasize creative freedom.
For any writer wanting to root writing in vision and vision in the body: for poetry, fiction, essay, memoir & pleasure.
Join Susan in two writing circles each week: intimate spaces for writers to free-write together, saying yes to whatever shows up, followed by group read-arounds. These writing sessions are spontaneous, intimate, freeing, and transformative.
Expressive writing can be a powerful elixir for what ails you. Learn and practice tools for writing expressively, and come away with a better understanding of how writing can lead you toward wellness. With Susan Vespoli.
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Why Take a Personal Essay Writing Course with Writers.com?
- We welcome writers of all backgrounds and experience levels, and we are here for one reason: to support you on your writing journey.
- Small groups keep our online personal essay writing classes lively and intimate.
- Work through your weekly written lectures, course materials, and writing assignments at your own pace.
- Share and discuss your work with classmates in a supportive class environment.
- Your course instructor will offer you direct, personal feedback and suggestions on every assignment you submit.