Becoming a Great Essayist

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Becoming a Great Essayist

2016

If you have a clever anecdote, an interesting memory, a new way to explain how something works, or an opinion on a social or political issue, then you have an essay in you. Unlike a novel, history book, or scientific...

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Jennifer Cognard-Black

In This Series

Steal, Adopt, Adapt: Where Essays Begin
Episode 1
Steal, Adopt, Adapt: Where Essays Begin
Memory Maps and Your Essay’s Direction
Episode 2
Memory Maps and Your Essay’s Direction
Secrets, Confession, and a Writer’s Voice
Episode 3
Secrets, Confession, and a Writer’s Voice
The Skeptical Essayist: Conflicting Views
Episode 4
The Skeptical Essayist: Conflicting Views
The Reasonable Essayist: Artistic Proofs
Episode 5
The Reasonable Essayist: Artistic Proofs
The Unreasonable Essayist: Strategic Irony
Episode 6
The Unreasonable Essayist: Strategic Irony
The Empathetic Essayist: Evoking Emotion
Episode 7
The Empathetic Essayist: Evoking Emotion
When an Essayist’s Feelings Face Facts
Episode 8
When an Essayist’s Feelings Face Facts
Unabashedly Me: The First-Person Essay
Episode 9
Unabashedly Me: The First-Person Essay
Essayists as Poets: Tapping into Imagery
Episode 10
Essayists as Poets: Tapping into Imagery
The Visual Essay: Words + Pictures
Episode 11
The Visual Essay: Words + Pictures
Writing Inch by Inch: From Draft to Polish
Episode 12
Writing Inch by Inch: From Draft to Polish
Short Forms: Microessays and Prose Poems
Episode 13
Short Forms: Microessays and Prose Poems
The Memoir Essay
Episode 14
The Memoir Essay
Lyric Essays: Writing That Sings
Episode 15
Lyric Essays: Writing That Sings
The Epistolary Essay: Letters to the World
Episode 16
The Epistolary Essay: Letters to the World
Portrait Essays: People in Words
Episode 17
Portrait Essays: People in Words
The Essayist as Public Intellectual
Episode 18
The Essayist as Public Intellectual
Polemical Essays: One-Sided Arguments
Episode 19
Polemical Essays: One-Sided Arguments
Historical Essays: Past as Present
Episode 20
Historical Essays: Past as Present
Humor Essays
Episode 21
Humor Essays
Nature Essays
Episode 22
Nature Essays
Food Essays: My Grandmother’s Recipe Box
Episode 23
Food Essays: My Grandmother’s Recipe Box
Sharing Your Essays: From Blog to Book
Episode 24
Sharing Your Essays: From Blog to Book