Writing the Personal Essay

What parts of your life should you transform into a personal essay? What makes a good personal essay? How does one write a personal essay and transform it into something more universal, relatable to others? How can I reach people with my experiences and perspectives?

A personal essay is a work of creative nonfiction: a perfect marriage of distance and intimacy, the melding of both conversational tone and professional. This 4-week workshop will help you hone in on these balancing acts and by the end of the class, you should have a finished personal essay ready for publication.

You’ll learn how to zero in on what parts of your life would make for an effective personal essay. You’ll become equipped with the tools to structure a compelling and strong personal essay. You’ll also become equipped with courage and learn how to pitch your essay to editors so it can find a home and reach and move others.


May 12, 2021 - June 02, 2021


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm



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Gina Tron


Gina Tron

Gina Tron has authored several books of poetry and memoir. Her 2014 memoir 'You're Fine.' was selected by The Strand as a 'best of the best’ book. Her upcoming memoir ‘Suspect’ won the Tarpaulin Sky Press 2020 book award. Her poetry has been published in Green Mountains Review, Hunger Mountain, Junto Magazine and Tupelo Press. She has contributed to publications which include the Washington Post, VICE, Daily Beast and Politico. She has an MFA in Writing and Publishing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She writes daily true crime content for Oxygen.com. www.ginatron.net