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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 9
System Requirements: Here are the system requirements for to use our web conferencing software depending on what device you use. You need:
  • A Windows or Mac computer (or iPad)
  • A strong internet connection
  • A microphone and speakers
  • (usually built-in to your computer or USB headset) or a phone
  • A webcam to use HDFaces
  • (most newer laptops have them built in)
Most computers have built-in microphones and speakers, but you will get much better audio quality if you use a headset or handset. For sound, you can also call in on your landline or mobile device.

Windows
  • Operating system: Windows 2003 Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Processor: Any 1 Ghz single core processor or better
  • RAM: 2GB or more
  • Internet: DSL or better
  • Bandwidth: 700Kbps or more for simultaneous screen sharing, video and audio conferencing
  • Browser: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 4.0 or newer, Google Chrome™ 5.0 or newer
Mac
  • Operating system: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6.8/(Snow Leopard) or later
  • Processor: Any 1 Ghz single core processor or better
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internet: DSL or better
  • Bandwidth: 700Kbps or more for simultaneous screen sharing, video and audio conferencing
  • Browser: Safari® 3.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 4.0 or newer, Google Chrome™ 5.0 or newer
IPAD
  • Device: iPad® 2 or newer, iPhone® 4 or newer, iPod® Touch (3rd generation) or newer
  • Operating system: iOS 7 or newer
  • Internet: WiFi recommended for VoIP
  • Additional software: FreApp from the App Store
Class Delivery: Make a pot of tea, hop on the couch, and whip open that laptop! Through our new, live web video conferencing system, you can access the best writing teachers, a sense of community and great classes — even if you live in Lincoln, Nebraska. All you need is a strong internet connection and a Mac, PC, or iPad that has a webcam to use the HD Faces application
Teacher: Sara Eckel

What you'll learn in this essay writing class:

Note: This is primarily a lecture class with some in-class exercises but not everyone will get to share their writing for feedback due to the seminar format.

Dreaming of publishing your essay in a top newspaper or magazine, but feel your experiences aren’t unique enough? You’re not alone. Most of us have never moonlighted as a pirate or worked for the CIA, but in this 1 Day Online Personal Essay class, 2x NY Times Modern Love Alum Sara Eckel will share her pro insight to help you get your name in print. Through informative craft lectures and fun in-class exercises, you’ll unearth the universal truth in your particular experience, figure out the specific POV that makes your story stand out, and most importantly, impress editors with your ability to make a common experience seem fresh and new. By the end of class, you’ll have a better understanding of the direction in which you want to go, a start to your essay, and some personal essay ninja skills to get you through the draft.

You’ll be well on your way to joining the ranks of the 159 Writing Pad Alums (14 of whom got into the NY Times) who have sold essays and articles with Writing Pad’s help! You can read some of the essays here:

New York Times Modern Love, New York Times Well #1, New York Times Well #2, New York Times Well #3, New York Times Well #4, The New York Times Well #5, New York Times Well #6, New York Times Well #7, New York Times Well #8, New York Times Well #9, New York Times Well #10, The New York Times Well #11, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, Boston Globe, Brain, Child, Daily Beast, Cosmopolitan, DAME, Elle #1, Elle #2, 5280,Huffington Post #1,Huffington Post #2, Huffington Post #3,LA Times #1, LA Times #2, LA Times #3, LA Times #4, LA Times #5, LA Times #6, LA Times #7, LA Times #8, Marie Claire #1, Marie Claire #2, Men's Journal, Morning News #1, Morning News #2, Narratively, Nerve, Role Reboot, Salon #1, Salon #2, Salon #3, Salon #4, Salon #5, Salon #6, Salon #7, Salon #8, Salon #9, Salon #10, Salon #11, Salon #12, Salon #13, Salon #14, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Self #1, Self #2, The Beauty Bean, Shine, The Date Report, The Smart Set, Vice, Washington Post #1, Washington Post #2, Washington Post #3, Washington Post #4, Washington Post #5, Washington Post #6, Whole Life.


Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy
All sales are final and there are no refunds. Credit may be offered based on class availability. If you can’t come to class, call or email us as far in advance as possible. We will do everything we can to fill your spot, but we can’t make any guarantees. Credit eligibility is not based upon your reason for being unable to attend a class; it is based upon the timing of your credit request and our ability to fill your spot. If we find someone to take your place, you will receive class credit minus a $25 processing fee for 1 day classes and $50 processing fee for long classes. Otherwise, your payment will be forfeit. To use class credits, you need to sign up for class in advance by emailing [email protected] or calling 323.333.2954. If the class is being paid for as part of a payment plan, regardless of whether the student stops attending class, the payment plan must be paid in full by the end of the class. Failure to do so will result in the student’s account being turned over to collections.
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