Student testimonial

A great fit for my busy schedule!

by Kit Campoy

I just finished Kelly’s Advance Essay Course and I cannot recommend it enough! The course is self-paced with scheduled Zoom calls, which was a great fit for my schedule. Kelly is a fantastic teacher. Her directions are clear, realistic, and actionable. She provides solid advice for making personal essays the best they can be. She is kind and patient. She knows how difficult it can be to write some of these essays and she gently guides you in the right direction. Her knowledge of the industry is expansive and she had all the answers to my questions at her fingertips. Writing is an ever-evolving craft. We can always get better. If you’ve been thinking about getting feedback on your writing and are looking for the right teacher, you’ve found it in Kelly Eden.


  • What time are Group Zoom Calls

    There are two Group Zoom Calls: one in week three and one in week 6. It is important to make sure you are able to attend. They will run Tuesdays 7pm-8:30pm ET.

  • What do the Group Calls involve?

    Depending on group size, the calls will run for an hour to an hour-and-a-half. Students will take turns reading their essays out loud and hearing feedback from fellow students and from Kelly.

  • How experienced do I need to be?

    This is an advanced essay course. It is not for brand new writers or writers learning English. If you have been writing for a while and want to try personal essays, or you have taken the introductory personal essay course and want to advance your skills, this is for you.

  • Do I have to be a professional or full time writer?

    Not at all. Personal essays are great for your own enjoyment too and very rewarding (and often healing) to write. Hobby writers are just as welcome as professional writers.

  • Will I get feedback on my essays?

    Yes. You will get verbal feedback on an essay in a group call and written feedback on two essays from Kelly.

  • How many hours a week will it take?

    This course is designed for busy people. The video lessons are short--just what you need and no more to start writing your essays. You should be able to complete the course with 45 minutes of learning and reading each week, and 2 hours of writing. Remember to allow for the two group calls as well (2-3 hours).

Book Now

Sign me up for the May 2023 6-week course. Zoom Calls Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm ET (Dates to be arranged)

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • How to use the Thinkific Course Platform

    • Welcome: START HERE

    • "What To Do Week by Week" : Your Weekly Planner

    • Your Personal Essay Course Workbook

    • Course Reading List

    • Before we begin...

    • Module 1: Getting Started

    • Prompt 1

    • Prompt 2

    • Prompt 3

    • Extra Writing Prompts

  • 2

    Module 2: Digging Deeper (week 1-2)

    • Module 2: Digging Deeper

    • Quiz for Memory

  • 3

    Module 3: Revising for Depth and Clarity (week 2-4)

    • Module 3: Revising for Depth and Clarity

    • Mid-Point Survey

  • 4

    Module 4: Timely Essays (week 5-6)

    • Module 4: Timely essays

    • 3 Approaches to Timely Essays

  • 5

    Next steps

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

What Students are Saying

I've taken both of Kelly's courses

by June Kiri

I've taken both the Introductory Personal Essay course and the Advanced Personal Essay course from Kelly. I could tell that she put a lot of effort into building this course. There are bite-size videos, print-outs, and she even edits your essay. All of these three combined made this course truly useful and worth the money. Kelly is passionate about writing. That's very clear. And she's passionate about helping others achieve success too. During the Zoom course, she provides feedback on the participant's essays and I found that especially useful when tackling my writing. All in all, I recommend this course for those who want to write a personal essay, but not quite sure how to start doing so.

It helped me be vulnerable in my writing

Natalie Schroeder

I thought I would find writing difficult. In way it is, I always find it hard to get started. But once I get going, I find it therapeutic and easy to write. Kelly has been incredibly generous with advice and guidance to make the essays I've worked on better. I've loved learning about structure, framing and bringing yourself into the piece. My goal as a writer is to share what I know, what I've learned, and be vulnerable about the things I've done and mistakes I've made - I can't wait to keep going and see where it takes me!

Meet Your Instructor

Writing Coach

Kelly Eden

Hi! I've been fortunate enough to make writing my career for more than 14 years now. I've worked with clients, writers, and editors from all around the world and have been featured in Insider, Yahoo!Life, Apple News Spotlight, Mamamia Australia, Scary Mommy, Thought Catalog, Zoosk, Highly Sensitive Refuge, and many more. My personal essays have won awards and brought me consistent commissioned work. With a background in teaching and a love of writing, it's my mission to inspire others to find their unique writing voice. I'm looking forward to working together!

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