• 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 EDT.

  • 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).

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Sign me up for October (6-weeks). Zoom Calls Tuesday Oct 18th and Nov 8th, 7-8:30pm EDT

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...