Course Details
Price:
$495 2 seats left
Start Date:

Tue, Mar 31, 5:00pm ET - May 12, 7:00pm ET (6 sessions)

Location:
Interactive Online Classroom
Book at Office/Home
Important:
No class on 05/05
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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: Kalle Mattila

What you'll learn in this essay writing class:

Have you always wanted to write a personal essay but you don’t know where to start? Or have you dreamed of seeing one of your essays published in the New York Times or Salon? Then this six week live online personal essay writing class is for you. Using fun in-class exercises, we’ll help you transform your bad blind dates and visits from unruly parents into insightful, compelling revelations. NY Times Modern Love alum Kalle Mattila (NY Times Magazine, The Atlantic) will show you how to make your essay relatable, targeted for the right publication, and tantalizing to readers.

You’ll learn about the essential elements of the personal essay: the hook, angle, tone, and epiphany, the structure of personal essays, and the different types of personal essays. Kalle will share his secrets for finding what newspapers, magazines and websites are looking for; what strikes them as cliché, and what they find different and interesting. 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 151 Writing Pad Alums (13 of whom got into the NY Times) who have sold essays and articles with Writing Pad’s help!

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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 (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
5:00pm ET - 7:00pm ET Kalle Mattila 6 $495
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Apr 07 8:00pm ET - 10:00pm ET Kalle Mattila
Tue, Apr 14 8:00pm ET - 10:00pm ET Kalle Mattila
Tue, Apr 21 8:00pm ET - 10:00pm ET Kalle Mattila
Tue, Apr 28 8:00pm ET - 10:00pm ET Kalle Mattila
Tue, May 12 8:00pm ET - 10:00pm ET Kalle Mattila

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