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Jessica P. Ogilvie
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$315 new; $285 returning

The essay is one of the most varied forms of literature, ranging from lyric to creative nonfiction to arts criticism and more. This six-week online workshop is designed to produce inquisitive essays in which the primary focus is not solely internal and the work of memory, but rather merges the writer's experiences and interactions in the world with thoughtful insights and detailed observations.

Essay writing offers the rare opportunity to explore your experiences with a subject as an artist and a writer—whether politics, social justice, relationships, pop culture, current events, family, or something else entirely. Over the course of these eight weeks, students will learn how to trust their artistic instincts, constructing narratives that draw the reader in through deep description and storytelling. We will explore structure, rhythm, style, and voice through readings and in-class exercises, and you will have the opportunity to workshop an essay that you can pitch or submit to publications.



5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Pacific)
May 3, 2018 to June 7, 2018

Jessica P. Ogilvie is a Los Angeles-based journalist specializing in creative nonfiction and longform. She is a contributing editor at Playboy, and her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Condé Nast Traveler, VICE, LA Weekly, GOOD, Los Angeles Magazine, Inked Magazine, The Hairpin, LAist, Mel Magazine, and more. In 2017, Jessica received the Los Angeles Press Club Award for Soft News Feature Article and honorable mention for the M.I.N. Editorial Awards for Feature Article. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Los Angeles Press Club Award for Investigative Reporting. A graduate of New York University, Jessica has appeared on The Nonfiction Podcast, Huffington Post Live, KPFK, Nerdist’s JV Club podcast, and more to discuss her work, and she is an invited guest speaker at Loyola Marymount University’s journalism program.