This class is the chance to create your personal essay or extend into a full memoir -- from planning and structure to bold narrative brushstrokes to the layering of significant detail.
You will develop the opportunity to find your voice and see it come alive, amplified and improved, on the page.
At Wesleyan, distinguished scholar-teachers work closely with students, taking advantage of fluidity among disciplines to explore the world with a variety of tools.
The university seeks to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty, and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit.
To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with.
When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization.Masters of both genres share tips, prompts, exercises, readings and challenges to help every writer imagine, construct and write compelling pieces of non-fiction's most popular form: the personal narrative.A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill.An essay is a structured piece of writing that deals with a particular subject.A personal statement, on the other hand, is a form of essay that relays autobiographical information about its author.We’ll focus on critical elements, like how to begin a story, what makes for worthy content, the essential use of detail, the strengths and limits of dialogue, the power of the white space.The ultimate goal is for us to become aware of an “audience” when we write, so that the documentation of our lives will begin to resemble a “performance” crafted onto paper rather than a private entry in a journal.Specifically, the subject matter can include the description of a particular life event, personal motivations or characteristics.Writing personal statements gives students the opportunity to highlight their strengths and talents, and typically serve as a means of adding a personal touch when applying for scholarships, college admissions or postgraduate study programs.The subject matter is the major point of difference between a personal statement and an essay.While essays can focus on a particular author, article, book or theory, the author is typically the subject of a personal statement.