Becoming a Great Essayist

By Jennifer Cognard-Black
Chantilly, VA: The Great Courses, 2016

If you have a clever anecdote, an interesting memory, a new way to explain how something works, or an opinion on a social or political issue, then you have an essay in you.  Discover the keys to unlocking your potential in essay writing with "Becoming a Great Essayist."

These 24 illuminating lectures explore numerous genres or types of essays, challenge you with stimulating writing prompts, and provide insights into how to get to know yourself like never before so that you may write honest, compelling, and great essays that people will read.  Dr. Jennifer Cognard-Black, Professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland, is your expert guide.  Professor Cognard-Black--who is an award-winning author, a 2012 Fulbright Scholar, and a former student of the renowned author Jane Smiley--has an intimate, honest, and direct approach.  She teaches you that the versatility and expressiveness of the essay make it an ideal medium for crafting stories and drawing perspectives out of even the most reluctant writers.

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