The Art of the Essay

Date: 8/5/17

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 9:00 - 12:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Intermediate

Genre: Creative Nonfiction

Pricing:
• Regular: $52.50
• Member: $47.25
• Low-Income: $36.75


The essay is one of the most ubiquitous genres of writing in our world, and can be the most fun to write. In this class, we will look at the essay's history, the art of writing them and what is wrong with many essays today (and how to make them right).

Essays have been around for a long time. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) is usually credited with inventing the term and the genre, which derives it's name from the French word, essayer, or "to attempt."

Today, they have become one of the more versatile, vibrant genres of writing out there, and we will look at essays running the gamut from the humble op-ed to the sprawling ambitious work of of the great writers of our day. We will finished the class by looking at where and how to published the kinds of essays you want to write. Class time will include in-class writing time, so you can get started on, or continue to polish, your own essay.