Writing and Marketing the Short-Form Personal Essay

Thursday, June 19, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, June 19 – July 24

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by Carol LaChapelle
This class is full and registration has closed.

The personal essay thrives today because of its versatility of both subject and form. It can be funny, serious, scolding, or meditative; it can take the shape of a memoir chapter or character sketch, book review or commentary, blog post or travel essay. In this workshop, we will practice writing the short-form personal essay (500-800 words), present drafts of our work for helpful feedback, and research markets for our finished pieces.

Carol LaChapelle is a writer, teacher, and the author of Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times and on www.nextavenue.org. For information about Carol, visit her blog forboomersandbeyonders.blogspot.com.

Materials List

Required Text:

  • No materials required.


  • LaChapelle, Carol. Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories: 167 Ways to Tell Your Life Stories. Marion Street Press, 2008. ISBN: 9781933338323

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $198.
This class is full and online registration has closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the waiting list.