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Once a week Mondays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 30 to March 6, 2023
Online via Zoom
This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, pleas email Randy Winston at [email protected].
This workshop will allow you to tap into your voice and craft an impactful personal essay. It will walk you through planning, outlining, and the structure to develop a bold narrative that leans into the personal. In this course, you will be given writing and revision prompts, read diverse personal essays and discuss the strategies that make them pop.
- Session 1: Introduction: What makes a strong personal essay? (Art on My Mind by bell hooks, On Self-Respect by Joan Didion)
- Session 2: Research and Outline: What’s the why? (How to Tame a Wild Tongue by Gloria Anzaldua and Letter from a Region in My Mind by James Baldwin)
- Session 3: How personal is personal? Strategies on writing impactful work with a potential guest essayist.
- Session 4: Write Your First Draft
- Session 5: Revision Workshop
- Session 6: How to Get Published
Christina Santi is a director of communications and multimedia journalist whose work centers Blackness across the diaspora. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Christina considers herself a well-read, not-so-traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion, and pop culture. Her work has appeared in Ebony magazine, Demeter Press, and other literary and fashion outlets, often drawing on her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She has more than ten years of experience as a professional writer, including roles as Senior Digital Content Producer at Black News Channel, Publicist for Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Lead Culture Writer for Ebony Magazine. Christina is a 2022 Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Fellow and holds an MA in Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism from the New School.
About this series
We strive to make our classes the most inviting and rewarding available, offering an intimate environment to study with award-winning, world-class writers. Each class is specially designed by the instructor, so whether you’re a fledgling writer or an MFA graduate polishing your novel, you’ll find a perfect fit here.
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