NY Times Worthy Personal Essay

at Writing Pad - Online

Course Details
$425 3 seats left
Start Date:

Wed, Sep 29, 6:30pm - Oct 27, 9:30pm Pacific Time (5 sessions)

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Purchase Options
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 9
Teacher: Matteson Perry

What you'll learn in this essay writing class:

Getting an essay in the New York Times is the crown jewel of personal essays in terms of bragging rights and future book deals. In this five-week Online NY Times worthy personal essay class, the instructor will share insight into securing this prestigious but elusive prize. Through fun, in-class exercises, an informative craft talk, and in-class feedback, you will learn secret techniques for approaching this essay, including the unspoken expectations of the format, a compelling romantic hook and a crystal clear theme. By the end of the class you will have everything you need to craft your own New York Times Essay, and send it off to the Big Apple!

In this class you’ll write an essay worthy of the NY Times Modern Love, Well and Ties columns. First, you’ll learn how to tell your story in simple terms in your own voice. From there, the instructor will help you expand your piece into a 1200-word essay, allowing your readers to discover what makes your experience universal. We’ll workshop one of your essays until it’s perfect. By the end of class, you’ll have a kick-ass essay that is ready to be submitted for publication and a plan of where to submit it. Your goal will be to sell your essay within a couple of weeks after the class ends!

You’ll be well on your way to joining the ranks of the 171 Writing Pad Alums (16 of whom got into the NY Times) who have sold essays and articles with Writing Pad’s help!

How our online classes work:

Online classes can be attended from anywhere with an internet connection. You’ll be able to see and hear both your teacher and your fellow students. For the best experience, we recommend attending online classes in a quiet space, and using headphones or a headset.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy
All sales are final and there are no refunds. Credit may be offered based on class availability. If you can’t come to class, call or email us as far in advance as possible. We will do everything we can to fill your spot, but we can’t make any guarantees. Credit eligibility is not based upon your reason for being unable to attend a class; it is based upon the timing of your credit request and our ability to fill your spot. If we find someone to take your place, you will receive class credit minus a $25 processing fee for 1 day classes and $50 processing fee for long classes. Otherwise, your payment will be forfeit. To use class credits, you need to sign up for class in advance by emailing [email protected] or calling 323.333.2954. If the class is being paid for as part of a payment plan, regardless of whether the student stops attending class, the payment plan must be paid in full by the end of the class. Failure to do so will result in the student’s account being turned over to collections.


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Start Dates (2)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:30pm - 9:30pm Pacific Time Matteson Perry 5 $425
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Wed, Oct 06 6:30pm - 9:30pm Pacific Time Matteson Perry
Wed, Oct 13 6:30pm - 9:30pm Pacific Time Matteson Perry
Wed, Oct 20 6:30pm - 9:30pm Pacific Time Matteson Perry
Wed, Oct 27 6:30pm - 9:30pm Pacific Time Matteson Perry
5:00pm - 8:00pm Pacific Time Tara Ellison 5 $485
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Oct 18 5:00pm - 8:00pm Pacific Time Tara Ellison
Mon, Oct 25 5:00pm - 8:00pm Pacific Time Tara Ellison
Mon, Nov 01 5:00pm - 8:00pm Pacific Time Tara Ellison
Mon, Nov 08 5:00pm - 8:00pm Pacific Time Tara Ellison

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Reviews of Classes at Writing Pad (51)

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NY Times Worthy Personal Essay
Reviewed by Anonymous on 6/24/2019
An amazing class - really got a lot out of it. One note - the last class is a 20 minute 1:1 with the teacher. I would've liked to have a longer 1:1 session but I was able to develop my Personal Essay skills exponentially in a matter of a few weeks.
NY Times Worthy Personal Essay
Reviewed by Ann D. on 6/19/2019
She is great! Good content, Process and outcomes. Highly recommend!
NY Times Worthy Personal Essay
Reviewed by Anonymous on 4/10/2019
Great environment. The last class what a short one on one with the instructor to get notes on your essay. This was awesome, and very helpful. But I did feel a little let down because your last class was those 20 or so minutes, rather than a three hour session. Maybe my expectations weren't quite in alignment and I would have felt differently if I expected this from the beginning. But overall, I learned a lot in the class and would recommend it to others who want to tell a personal story and learn how to pitch it for publication.
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