The Art of the Personal Essay

Have you read a personal essay on a parenting website, inside a national publication or in a college alumni magazine and thought: "I can do that!" Well, you can! In this four-week class, award-winning journalist Adrienne Samuels Gibbs will teach the elements of great essay writing. Each week the group will discuss great personal essays and learn how to pen a tale of self-discovery. Students will workshop their essay ideas and rough drafts in class. At the end of the session, each student should have an essay ready to submit for publication. (Pitching and publications will be touched upon.) This class is best suited for beginning and intermediate writers plus bloggers ready to go to the next level. Everyone has a story to tell, and this class will help you tell it!

Instructor: Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

Dates: Saturdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm (6/9, 6/16, 6/23 & 6/30)


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Adrienne Samuels Gibbs is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist and essayist whose words can be read in Forbes, Essence, Chicago and Marie Claire. A sought after interviewer and narrative writer, Samuels Gibbs is good at finding details that bring a story to life on the page. Samuels Gibbs, a proud graduate of Morgan Park High School and Northwestern University, lives on the South Side with her husband and sons. and