Announcing Essay Writing Workshop with Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart, author of the memoir Gringa, leads a summer writing workshop

Melissa Hart, author of the memoir Gringa, leads a summer writing workshop

Writing Workshop: “Join the Conversation: How to Write and Publish Your Essays”

The word “essay” evokes dread and memories of high school; however, in the world of publishing, it represents a genre that’s at once entertaining, informative, and lucrative. Join UO journalism teacher and author Melissa Hart for an 8-week Eugene-based workshop in which you’ll learn to write and sell a variety of essays to magazines, newspapers, anthologies, and radio programs.

Learn how to structure, write, query and publish essays

In weekly 3-hour sessions, participants will learn how to…

  • Identify topics for essays
  • Plunge into immersion journalism
  • Use research techniques and interviews
  • Entice readers with evocative imagery and sensory details
  • Revise a rough draft with professional editing and peer review
  • Incorporate photography and multimedia
  • Approach editors with a cover letter and polished draft
  • Negotiate an editorial contract
  • Promote published essays to build a career platform

We’ll study the various types of essays, including…

  • Personal narrative
  • Travel and sports pieces
  • Humorous social and political commentary
  • Historical reflection
  • Observations on nature and the environment
  • Meditations on technology and popular culture

Details & Registration

The Essay Writing/Publishing Workshop will be held on Mondays, July 11-August 29, 2011, from 6-9 p.m. The cost for the 8-week workshop (including handouts and professional editing) is $200.

To register: please contact Melissa Hart at

About Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart is the author of two memoirs: Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal Press, 2009) and The Assault of Laughter (Windstorm, 2005). She’s a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Advocate, The Los Angeles Times, Fourth Genre, Other Voices, Northwest Review, High Country News, Orion, The Chicago Tribune, The Oregonian, Hemispheres, Horizon Air Magazine, Woman’s Day, Cat Fancy, and numerous other publications.

Melissa teaches for the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon and for Laurel Springs School. She also teaches a summer class on Memoir Writing for U.C. Berkeley’s online extension program. More information about Melissa and her works at


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