Write Your Heart Out: The Craft of the Personal Essay (January 2020)


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Write Your Heart Out: The Craft of the Personal Essay (January 2020)

Uncover the powerful stories from your life and learn how to share them in ways that resonate with audiences.


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Teaching dates

Jan. 24 to Feb. 21, 2020

Live video sessions

Mondays, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, 10 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time.
Friday, Feb. 21 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time. Note the day change.

If you’re unable to attend a live session, there will be a recording available.

Discover powerful stories from your life and tell them in ways that will resonate with others, whether in print or online. You’ll see how to take those experiences from an idea to an essay that an editor wants to publish and the public wants to read.

What will I learn

  • To cultivate quality story ideas from your life experiences by studying universal story archetypes
  • To shed the shackles of storytelling conventions and insecurity
  • To break down personal essays to their DNA so you can quickly start telling your stories
  • To use the essential tools of effective writing
  • To recognize the types of personal stories editors want to publish

Who should take this course

Writers, columnists, educators, public speakers — anyone with a personal story to tell.


Keith Woods

Keith Woods is vice president of diversity in news and operations at NPR in Washington, D.C. He previously was dean of faculty at The Poynter Institute and a former sportswriter, news reporter, city editor, editorial writer and columnist at the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

About online group seminars

In an online group seminar, you will gather with other participants in a virtual space, logging in from anywhere, day or night, over the course of several weeks. A faculty member guides the group through new material, moderates discussions and provides individual feedback.

Time estimate

The content of this course unfolds over several weeks. There are few scheduled live meeting times. Except for several live discussions, you’ll be able to learn on a schedule that works for you. The minimum time commitment each week is three to four hours.


We’d love to hear from you. Email us at info@newsu.org.