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Writing Personal Essays with Roxane Gay (Giveaway)

Learn about looking inward and outward in personal essays with a New York Times Bestselling Author

Roxane Gay’s writing garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity. Roxane is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times best-selling Bad Feminist, the nationally best-selling Difficult Women and the New York Times best-selling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.

Despite being one of the busiest writer we know, Roxane has managed to make time to launch a new eight-part short course with online learning community Skillshare. Creative Writing for Impact: Looking Inward & Outward in Personal Essays focuses on how to transform your story into a powerful personal essay. Participants will learn how to craft their personal voice with wider context and write to connect with the people they want to reach.

The class aims to provide practical guidance that will take writers of all levels from their first idea to a final, publication-ready work. Topics covered include:

  • Find a specific purpose for telling your story
  • Connect your work to larger conversations and timely themes
  • Conduct crucial research to support your work
  • Navigate personal memories to write your truth
  • Write and revise your final work
  • Submit your work for publication

We have 25 FREE passes for this class to giveaway.
Update: All free places have now been claimed but you can still participate in the course by signing up for a free two-month premium Skillshare membership. Other writing classes available on the site include Daniel José Older’s Storytelling101 class on Character, Conflict, Context, and Craft, Ashley C. Ford’s Creative Personal Writing and Creative Nonfiction with Susan Orlean.

Watch this video about the early rejection Roxane Gay faced and on having an impact on the world through writing.


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