What’s the Point?
Revising Your Essay for Clarity and Precision

  with Summer Block in Burbank

7:30 to 9:30 pm
May 9 to June 27, 2019

You've been writing and researching and rewriting your essay. You've done some revision, maybe incorporated feedback from a workshop or a friend, cut and pasted and moved things around, written more, and now you're starting to feel a little lost. Where was this going again? There is a point where every essay writer feels like they don't really know what they're talking about anymore. Now is the time to step back and think critically: What exactly am I trying to say? And does my essay actually say it?

In this eight-week essay revision course, we will peel back the layers to find your essay's message and then make sure everything, from the overall structure to individual word choices, supports that message. You will have the chance to workshop your writing in a serious, respectful, and community-oriented environment meant to challenge and inspire each member of the class. At the end of the course, you should have a polished essay that is ready to submit.

This class will take place in Burbank, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $380 for returning students.
(Payment plans available to returning students.)

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Summer Block has contributed essays, short fiction, and poetry to The Toast, The Awl, The Rumpus, Catapult, The Nervous Breakdown, McSweeney's, PANK, and many other places. Her work has been featured in several anthologies, most recently California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State. She is currently working on a book about occult communities in the San Fernando Valley.


“Summer is a great teacher. She went above and beyond with her written feedback, which was so extensive and thoughtful, and so helpful. She also is one of those teachers who manages to find something intelligent and supportive about everything we read in class . . . I really, really enjoyed this class and the warm, fun atmosphere Summer created."