Personal Essays for Non-Writers & Newbies

with Natalie Serianni

Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

In Person


4 Sessions

Start Date: February 29, 2024
End Date: March 21, 2024
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $237.60
General Price: $264.00

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Do you consider yourself a non-writer but want to write? Are you new to writing and want to learn more about personal essays? This introductory-level class will share the elements of the personal essay, its various forms, and how an idea becomes an extended piece. We'll read and discuss personal essays, write to small prompts, and share our work. Students will leave the class with a personal essay, feedback from peers and instructor, and confidence that they, too, are writers.


  • This class includes:
    • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
    • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
    • Workshop: students submit work for critique from the teacher and class.
  • Feedback in class: Both peer and instructor feedback given.
  • Work outside of class: Optional writing or reading outside of class.


  • December 4: Scholarship Donation Day 
  • December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Natalie Serianni

Natalie Serianni


Natalie Serianni is a Seattle-based writer and instructor with work at HuffPost, Insider, Motherwell, MSN/SheKnows, The Manifest-Station, Seattle's ParentMap, Today's Parent, and MuthaMagazine, among others. Her essay, "Subtle Shifts," was included in the 2021 anthology, "The Pandemic Midlife Crisis: Gen X Women on the Brink." She writes about grief and parenting (sometimes together), and has taught college writing for over twenty years. Connect with her on instagram @natserianni or at

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