Got a personal essay you've been sitting on that needs a polish and then a home? Chloe Caldwell comes to your rescue in this two-week version of her hit personal essay class.
Your Instructor: Chloe Caldwell, author of 'Legs Get Led Astray' and 'Women'
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: This class is not currently enrolling. To be notified when it is offered again, Click Here
Enrollment: Limited to 20 students
Got a personal essay in need of a polish and then a home?
Chloe Caldwell can help.
In Your Personal Essay, Chloe will help you take your essay over the finish line with a careful, thoughtful edit—and then she'll give you advice on how to place it, including customized suggestions on where to send it.
Chloe's work has been published in venues like Salon, The Rumpus, Thought Catalog, Nylon, The Nervous Breakdown, xoJane, The Frisky, The Sun Magazine, SMITH, Jewcy, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Freerange Nonfiction, The Faster Times, The Fix, and Men’s Health. She also has a piece in the anthology Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC, alongside writers like Roxane Gay and Cheryl Strayed.
Oh, and in case you were wondering how effective the class is, here a selection of essays written in the workshop under Chloe's tutelage:
- "Drifting Beyond The Pale" by Angela Giles Patel at The Nervous Breakdown
- "Fat Guy" by Ray Shea at Hobart
- "Holding On: My Journey With Antidepressants" by Angela Giles Patel at The Manifest-Station
- "Where I Write #26: Where the Rocks Gather" by Asha Dore at The Rumpus
- "Making it Big" by Asha Dore at Burrow Press Review
What This Class Covers
Do you have an essay you just can't finish? Or an essay that's been rejected a few times and now you don't know what to do with it? Or an essay you haven't shown anyone yet? In week one, we will figure out why your essay has been plaguing you. You will receive feedback from Chloe and your fellow students and edit your essay, finishing it for submission.
This week we'll talk about the trials and tribulations of publishing online. Chloe will hand pick three places for each student to send their essays. We'll discuss dealing with the comments, and how to get over our fear of family and friends reading our work. You will leave class with your essay sent out to your top choices.
Goals Of This Class
- Find your unique narrative voice to stand out from the crowd
- Identify what makes your story universal and compelling to others
- Find online and offline venues for your work
- Fine-tune your essay and polish it for publication
- Learn tools for getting over the fear of personal writing
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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