NY Times Worthy Personal Essay

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Price:
$425 3 seats left
Start Date:

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

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Location:
Interactive Online Classroom
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Description
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 9
System Requirements: Here are the system requirements for to use our web conferencing software depending on what device you use. You need:
  • A Windows or Mac computer (or iPad)
  • A strong internet connection
  • A microphone and speakers
  • (usually built-in to your computer or USB headset) or a phone
  • A webcam to use HDFaces
  • (most newer laptops have them built in)
Most computers have built-in microphones and speakers, but you will get much better audio quality if you use a headset or handset. For sound, you can also call in on your landline or mobile device.

Windows
  • Operating system: Windows 2003 Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Processor: Any 1 Ghz single core processor or better
  • RAM: 2GB or more
  • Internet: DSL or better
  • Bandwidth: 700Kbps or more for simultaneous screen sharing, video and audio conferencing
  • Browser: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 4.0 or newer, Google Chrome™ 5.0 or newer
Mac
  • Operating system: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6.8/(Snow Leopard) or later
  • Processor: Any 1 Ghz single core processor or better
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internet: DSL or better
  • Bandwidth: 700Kbps or more for simultaneous screen sharing, video and audio conferencing
  • Browser: Safari® 3.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 4.0 or newer, Google Chrome™ 5.0 or newer
IPAD
  • Device: iPad® 2 or newer, iPhone® 4 or newer, iPod® Touch (3rd generation) or newer
  • Operating system: iOS 7 or newer
  • Internet: WiFi recommended for VoIP
  • Additional software: FreApp from the App Store
Class Delivery: Make a pot of tea, hop on the couch, and whip open that laptop! Through our new, live web video conferencing system, you can access the best writing teachers, a sense of community and great classes — even if you live in Lincoln, Nebraska. All you need is a strong internet connection and a Mac, PC, or iPad that has a webcam to use the HD Faces application
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.


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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.
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 9:30pm - 12:30am Pacific Time Matteson Perry
Wed, Oct 13 9:30pm - 12:30am Pacific Time Matteson Perry
Wed, Oct 20 9:30pm - 12:30am Pacific Time Matteson Perry
Wed, Oct 27 9:30pm - 12:30am 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 8:00pm - 11:00pm Pacific Time Tara Ellison
Mon, Oct 25 8:00pm - 11:00pm Pacific Time Tara Ellison
Mon, Nov 01 8:00pm - 11:00pm Pacific Time Tara Ellison
Mon, Nov 08 8:00pm - 11:00pm Pacific Time Tara Ellison

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