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Read Like a Writer: Explore Essay Styles

4 Weeks • with Anita Gill • All Levels / Some Experience

  • Starts Dec 1
  • 250 US dollars
  • Online via Zoom

Available spots

Class Description

While a good essay is a work of art, it's also a guide, filled with tools that can help aspiring writers better understand the craft involved. And it's hard to be a good writer without being an avid reader. In this course, we'll read a variety of essay styles from memoir and personal essay, to exploratory. Classes will consist of close-reading essays of different styles and studying how they carry out their purpose. Attention will be given to structure, voice, and other other elements of narrative nonfiction. Whether you're an avid reader of essays - or want to be - this course is for anyone who wants to learn how essays work to hook a reader in as little as a few pages. Writers will leave with a stronger sense of the craft elements at play within the essay form and the ability to better understand the techniques involved. Classes will also include dedicated writing time, as participants generate their own work inspired by class discussions and exercises. INSTRUCTOR ANITA GILL is a Fulbright Scholar whose work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Kweli, Prairie Schooner, The Offing, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, among others. Her honors include Notable listings in Best American Essays and The Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. She has presented on writing and craft at AWP, HippoCamp, the Belize Writers' Conference, and elsewhere. She is currently on staff at Hypertext Review as their Nonfiction Editor while finishing a novel. Find her at

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

If you withdraw from a workshop TEN DAYS OR MORE before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund (minus 10%, a transaction fee that is non-refundable and that we would otherwise be charged). If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We cannot offer credit or any refund. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund or credit. If we have to cancel a class you have paid for, you will receive a full refund, without the service charge deducted. For our full listing of policies, visit www.PioneerValleyWriters.Com, Policies page (under Home). To withdraw and receive a partial refund according to the above, please get in touch with Joy at

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