Write an Intimate Personal Essay
Write descriptive, vivid accounts of life and observations of the world that draw readers into your mind and past.
Personal essays are some of my favorite things to read and write. When done well, they can reach genuine levels of depth and beauty. They are a bit like poetry in many ways because they hold a magnifying glass up to something and turn it around, mull on it, ultimately helping the reader see it in a new way.
This is such a gorgeous art form.
Students have course access for 365 days. All worksheets and notes are downloadable.
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This workshop includes class notes so you can follow along with the video lectures and worksheets to help you brainstorm your essay.
What People Are Saying
An excellent course. I was so excited to realize that the style I use to write is actually personal essays. A very well-put-together course and the instructor is a joy to listen to and learn from”
“I’m a high school junior and trying to find guidance on writing personal essays and supplements for college applications, and this was overwhelmingly helpful! I can’t wait to read the suggested materials.”
“Not only was Barbara’s class very insightful, she also responded to my questions through email very thoroughly and pointed me on my way. Thanks!”
“So helpful, so amazing!”
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“I always appreciate Ms. Vance’s insights.”
Barbara Vance, PhD
I am a writer and instructor who has been blessed to help thousands of writers bring their stories to life.
My degrees include a B.A. in literature, an MA in Literature and Creative Writing, and a PhD in storytelling and media. Prior to launching my own company, I taught writing and storytelling at a tier-one university.
Over the past sixteen years I have developed a widely acclaimed collection of courses designed to help writers develop their stories, stay on track, and finish what they start . . . even while juggling busy careers and a family.
I am also the author of a multi-award-winning poetry collection, and my poems are licensed for use in anthologies and curricula around the world.