Writing the Personal Essay – New!

Essays are arguments, one writer’s attempt to make meaning out of life. People have been writing essays for more than half a millennium but it’s only in the last century that we’ve made them quite so personal. Traditional essays are formal but the personal essay is candid and conversational. It can enlighten and inspire. On Saturday, we’ll define the personal essay, read and analyze successful personal essays, brainstorm potential personal essay topics and discuss ways research can make your personal essay even stronger. At home or during an optional Sunday morning writing lab, you’ll take a stab at writing a 600-word personal essay, and on Sunday afternoon, we’ll come back together to workshop our first drafts. We’ll close the weekend with a short discussion on places to publish your personal essay.

Special Notes

  • Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
  • This class runs from 10 AM - 4 PM on Saturday, and 1 PM - 4 PM on Sunday. There is optional writing time in the Animation Studio on May 5, 10 AM - 1 PM.

Materials List

Students should bring a notebook and pen to class.

About the Instructor

Rachel Beanland

Rachel Beanland is the deputy director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and is earning an MFA in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her personal essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Broad Street magazine and R-Home magazine, among other places.

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Class Details
May 4 - May 510 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Days: Sun Sat
Tuition: $95.00
Member Tuition: $85.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Rachel Beanland
Level: All Levels