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Personal Essay Workshop with Lisa Selin Davis

  • Paragraph Brooklyn 84 Withers Street Brooklyn, NY, 11211 United States (map)

In this workshop, we’ll work on both the art of writing powerful personal essays and the craft of placing them. The class is writing-intensive, with exercises to generate ideas; extensive critiques to polish essays that spring from them; and practical tools to get them published. Participants should come prepared to write, read and share. 

We will be covering everything from the literary to the logistical, including titles, potential outlets, query letters, etiquette, and how to talk to your parents the day after you’ve published some ultra-revealing essay about them in a national newspaper. Past participants have published essays in major outlets, including The New York Times.

The class will meet for five weeks on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30 pm, starting April 30th. No previous publishing experience is required. Tuition is $245, or $195 for the first four Paragraph members.

To register, email Lisa at

Lisa Selin Davis is an essayist, novelist and journalist whose work has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, Time, New York Magazine, and many other publications. Her essay on her name/birthday doppelganger, identity theft and racial justice in The Guardian was one of the paper’s most viral articles last year.