Learn how to turn your opinions, memories, and ideas into short, shapely works for pleasure or publication. Examine excellent essays by Joan Didion, Anne Lamott, Oliver Sacks, and Nora Ephron, among others. Gain practical tips on style, structure, scene setting, and creating a narrative arc. In-class prompts will kickstart opinion pieces, first-person and travel essays, and blog posts. Receive thoughtful feedback on your work and guidance on where to publish your work in print and online.
Elizabeth Fishel draws on more than 25 years of essay-writing for Vogue, O, Good Housekeeping, More, The Writer, and Huffington Post, among others. She has published five nonfiction books, including, Sisters, Reunion, and Getting to 30. She has taught writing workshops at UC Berkeley Extension and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Note: This class does not meet Tuesday, October 16. The class meets 5 times for 2.5 hours each time.