Personal Essay Lab is a three-month program designed to provide writers with the feedback, support, and direction they need to revise and submit a personal essay or memoir excerpt for publication. In six sessions that meet every other week, Personal Essay Lab helps each writer place one or two essays in reputable media outlets or literary journals.
We are looking for passionate writers who are eager to learn and persist in the process, who would be open to a collaborative experience and thrive in a community. By working together, we help each other remain steadfast and consistent to maximize our chances of success.
To participate in the Personal Essay Lab, you should have at least one complete draft of a personal essay between 1,500-3,500 words that you are ready to revise and polish to send out to be considered for publication.
Our next three-month Personal Essay Lab begins in February 2024.
Personal Essay Lab requires instructor approval. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Prerequisite: book inc’s Memoir Incubator, Project Write Now’s six-week Personal Essay course, or another six-week Project Write Now creative nonfiction class. Or commensurate experience in an essay writing workshop elsewhere.
Please choose your payment method from the drop-down menu. If you need a different payment plan or would like to apply for a full or partial scholarship seat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note your registration will not be considered complete until your payment, payment plan, or scholarship seat has been confirmed.
Meet Your Peer Artist Leader: Cristina Spencer
Cristina Spencer is a writer, translator, and educator. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from The Bennington Writing Seminars. Her memoir, About Bliss: Fighting for My Trans Son’s Life, Joy, and Fertility, is forthcoming in October 2024. An excerpt from her memoir-in-progress, “Ludicrous,” a meditation on marriage and mortality, was recently published in KHÔRA. She lives in Northern California with her partner, her kids, and their four cats. Competent, compassionate at-home care for her husband makes her writing life possible.
Project Write Now offers no refunds or credits once registered, except in the unfortunate case a class or event is cancelled. We reserve the right to change instructors if necessary. We reserve the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule any class, workshop, or event because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us at email@example.com or call 908.675.0467 for more information. Please note that when you register for a class you are reserving one of a limited number of spots available. Your registration also counts toward our consideration of class minimums.
Our organization was founded to help amplify the voices of those who are often not heard—including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ individuals, and other historically marginalized groups. We have witnessed how writing and sharing stories has the power to effect change by generating greater love, compassion, and empathy in the listener. In all of our programs, we provide an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment. We do not tolerate writing that perpetuates harmful stereotypes or fuels hate. Failure to align with our philosophy can result in your removal from class.