Advanced Personal Essay Writing Class with Vanessa Mártir — NEW DATES!


Dates: October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10 (NEW DATES!)

Time: 12-5pm

Cost: $620 (payment plans are available)

Location: West Village, NYC (this is an in-person class)

Deposit: a nonrefundable deposit of $60 is required to reserve your seat (it is part of the $620 tuition)

*This class is capped at 12 writers*

Writing requires revision and a safe space to workshop our stories. Submitting requires a vulnerability that you have to gather and learn to be comfortable with (or learn to grapple with when vulnerability hangover digs in its claws). This class will offer a safe and no nonsense place to do this work.

What does this class entail?

  • You will come in with a draft of an essay that you revise at least twice.
  • We will re-learn and review the revision process.
  • We will review the specific elements that make an essay great, and we’ll read model essays.
  • We will research lit journals, magazines and websites.
  • We will discuss and pick apart why we should publish and how we decide where to submit.
  • On the final day, we will have a submission party where you and your fellow writers will submit a piece for publication.

This is the work. It’s time for your work to be out in the world. The question is: are you ready?

Note: This class is for intermediate to advanced level writers. For an intro to personal essay class, check out my One Day Personal Essay Intensive and my Online Intro to the Personal Essay class.

Writers, if you want to be published, you have to submit your work. Yes, some people are contacted directly and asked to submit to anthologies, lit journals, etc, but these are people who have submitted their work and have been published. No one owes you a holler. Your thinking that someone does is arrogant and this is not serving you. It is up to you to keep your ear to the ground. You should be searching these opportunities out. It’s the legwork of being a writer. This is part of what we’ll be covering in the Advanced Writing Our Lives Personal Essay Class.

For questions and/or to register, send an email with “Advanced Personal Essay Writing Class” in the subject line. (To register, you must submit the essay you will be revising BEFORE the class begins. You ready?)


About the facilitator: 

Vanessa Mártir is a NYC based writer, educator and writing coach. She is currently completing her memoir, A Dim Capacity for Wings, and chronicles the journey at A five-time VONA/Voices and two-time Tin House fellow, Vanessa’s work has been widely published, including in The Rumpus, Bitch Magazine, Smokelong Quarterly, the VONA/Voices Anthology, Dismantle, and the NYTimes Bestseller Not That Bad, edited by Roxane Gay. Vanessa is the founder of the #52essays2017 challenge, and creator of the Writing Our Lives Workshop, which she teaches in NYC and online. She has served as guest editor of Aster(ix) and The James Franco Review. When she’s not writing or teaching, you can find Vanessa either on a dance floor, in a gym punching a bag or in the woods hiking and talking to the birds and trees.



  1. Dear Vanessa. I wish I could take this class but I live in Washington D.C. Will you be offering this online at any point? In the summers?

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