Explore Non-Fiction

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The Personal Essay For Beginners

with Pragya Bhagat

About the class

Do you believe in the power of ordinary people to tell extraordinary stories? I do. The genre of the personal essay is deeply intimate and involves sharing a part of yourself. This course is an introduction to writing a personal essay. We will read, discuss, reflect, provide each other feedback, and speak our truth through our stories. We will learn how to apply the techniques

of fiction writing into non-fiction and create a safe space that allows us to be both vulnerable

and honest.

In this beginner's course, participants will learn how to convert a memory into a scene and how

to develop characters. Additionally, participants will leave the course with book

recommendations, writing prompts, and resources to continue their memoir writing journey.

DURATION : 8 hours

DATES : 27th and 28th August,2022

3rd and 4th September,2022

AGE LIMIT : 16+

TAKEAWAYS

  • Developing skills of analysis and reflection
  • Mindful writing exercises
  • Writing and receiving feedback on three personal essays
  • Understanding the journey of writing a memoir

Favourite Memoirs

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: A vulnerable, glorious coming-of-age story about words, resilience, and trauma.

 

 

Black Boy by Richard Wright: There’s something magical in reading a story from the eyes of a child. This book is a masterclass in details.


The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: She made the memoir cool again. Didion takes trauma and turns it into something both honest and engaging.

Highlights

Overcome writer’s block

  • Write more and have fun through engaging writing prompts

  • Discuss and evaluate your ideas with your classmates

  • Write without judgment

Finish a story

  • Brainstorm and find an idea to work on
  • Expand the idea into a coherent narrative
  • Finish the story you started

Submit your story to magazines!

  • Find the right place for your story
  • Write a cover letter
  • Send it!

Interested in this class? We will keep you in the loop when this class happens next.

Drop a query and we will get in touch to answer all your questions.

One Course, three outcomes

Content strategy 1

Build a strong foundation in fiction

Learn how to edit your own work or supplement your income by becoming a freelance editor. In addition to editing skills and techniques, you can learn how to build an editing portfolio and how to establish relationships with writers and publishers.
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Become a short story writer

Do you want to build a career around books? Learn about publishing houses and literary agents and the role they play in the creation of books. This could be the first step in your literary career!

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Get published!

Are you a writer trying to get your book published? Polish your book with our editing techniques and get insider knowledge of the publishing industry. Perfect your book proposal and learn the tricks and tips to getting published!

Schedule

Tuesdays & Thursdays
15th & 17th December 2020

6 pm - 8 pm:

Tuesdays & Thursdays
22nd&24th December 2020

6 pm - 8 pm:

Tuesdays & Thursdays
15th & 17th December 2020

6 pm - 8 pm:

Tuesdays & Thursdays
22nd&24th December 2020

6 pm - 8 pm:

Tuesdays & Thursdays
15th & 17th December 2020

6 pm - 8 pm:

Tuesdays & Thursdays
22nd&24th December 2020

6 pm - 8 pm:

15th & 17th December 2020
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6 pm - 8 pm :
Age:16 & Above

22nd & 24th December 2020
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6 pm - 8 pm :
Age:16 & Above

More than just a course

INR 3,000 + GST

Limited seats available!

About the instructors

Pragya Bhagat

Head – Learning and Communities

Pragya Bhagat is a spoken word poet, award-winning essayist, and author of two books. Her work

has been featured in the BBC, the Wire, and Huffington Post, amongst others. She currently lives in

Goa, where she hosts a fortnightly meet-up called The Poetry Circle.

Their Work at Bound
 

Bound provides a variety of services that help writers develop their skills and get their work ready for publishing. Tara Khandelwal and Aishwarya Javalgekar offer manuscript and proposal edits and guide writers in developing their stories. Tara has edited many acclaimed books, including Three Impossible Wishes by Anmol Malik and Essential Items by Udayan Mukherjee.

What our clients have to say

Frequently Asked Questions

We have an age limit of 16 and above for most classes. But we also conduct a variety of children’s classes over the years. If we don’t have an upcoming class, we can provide a one-on-one mentorship. Read more here.
Unfortunately, we don’t offer refunds. But we can offer you a seat in another class for the same price or upgrade you to one of our mentorship programs with additional payment
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If you have an interesting class designed that would add value to Bound’s classes and creative communities, share your ideas and your profile with us at [email protected]. We are always interested in collaborating with new instructors.

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