Summer 2023 classes are here!

The Personal Essay

Wednesdays, 4 weeks
Jun 7
Jun 28
6:00 - 8:00 PM CT
Minda Honey
Online via Zoom
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The personal essay is a form driven by the question, not the answer. Even so, the wandering central to the essay isn't aimless. In this class, we'll chisel into your essay ideas and drafts to pinpoint the question at hand, then discuss techniques to clearly parse your ideas for your reader. Together, we'll disassemble essays by writers you admire — like Samantha Irby, Michelle Zauner, and Ross Gay — and use writing exercises to immediately (re)assemble portions of your own essays.

This class is ideal for writers eager for discussion and interested in generating fresh work.

Minda lives in Louisville, Kentucky. She has a series of essays for Longreads on dating and politics and her writing has been featured by the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Oxford American, and Teen Vogue, and every other week she tackles the dating woes of strangers as her city's relationship advice columnist at the LEO Weekly. Her work was also solicited for Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger by Seal Press and in the forthcoming collection from Hub City Press, A Measure of Belonging: Writers of Color on the New American South. She's working on her memoir, An Anthology of Assholes, about dating as a woman of color in Southern California. She is represented by Kayla Lightner at Ayesha Pande Literary.

What Our Students Say

Minda is such a great teacher! The readings, discussions, and exercises were expertly crafted. Teaching and learning via Zoom isn’t easy, but Minda still created a warm and welcoming classroom feeling, even among a group of socially distanced Zoomers. This class was amazing and I hope to The Porch will offer many many more classes with Minda!

Minda Honey teaches you how to write about life from a place of healing--you become a better writer and a better human.

Minda is super relatable while providing great content. I feel empowered to speak my truth. I think it is also important that she clearly approaches the subject matter through a black femme lens and is unapologetic about it.

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