No single type of essay or essayist will be favored.
Writers can work on essays that are personal/narrative in nature; lyric/experimental; or reported/journalistic; or in a variety of styles and forms.
Students will read widely to deepen their understanding of essay forms and modes; they will also learn how to offer useful feedback and develop the skills to revise their own essays.
Writers will also consult in private tutorial with the instructor for two one-hour sessions.
You can find more details about our fellowships here.
“When you are finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin In some ways, summer shouldn’t be a time for change. But, let’s face it, summer does sometimes become a time for change: new experiences, new friendships, new destinations, new responsibilities, self-examination, anticipation of the year ahead.Applications September 2019 - April 2020 Thinking of applying? Tuition is payable in two installments, the first before September 6th, 2019; the second before January 15th, 2020.Grub Street is offering an informal Q&A with instructor Ethan Gilsdorf on June 27th to answer any questions you have about the Incubator, including the workload, the application process, what the program does and doesn’t entail, the schedule, the philosophy behind our approach, and anything else on your mind. Partial fellowships are available and based on a combination of merit and financial need.Both prompts together will help you to convey critical information to the admissions committee on how you see yourself connecting different dimensions of yourself to our university community.Before beginning this essay, I encourage you to work on the Page 217 framework of 5 I’s and 4 C’s.Earlier this summer, we started to focus on our Penn-specific essay prompt, and we asked ourselves, “Is our current essay helping applicants share their full story?” We asked some of the counselors we work with, “How can we improve our essay question so that it helps applicants tell us more about their reasons for applying to Penn?We’ve built all of these tools to help you get to know us from wherever you are. These pieces should read as essays and not as lists.Balance your understanding of the academic offerings at Penn with information about your interests and ideas.There are five major program goals: ---To revise substantially, through a transformative process of reading and writing, three to five essays and prepare them for submission to publications; explore and try out new forms, styles and voices; and to learn strategies for revising your own essays; --- To study the essay in service to one’s writing goals, and to understand the rich tradition and history of the essay form, and your place within it; ---To understand the publishing marketplace for your essays, create a plan, and engage steps towards publication, becoming a professional writer, and developing a sustainable and productive writing practice; ---To understand craft, how discuss craft, and how to offer feedback at a high level; ---To develop a community of equally committed essayists, receive each other’s support and share in a common sense of purpose.In service to their revision process, students will share with the class an informal mini-craft lecture related to an issue they are grappling with in their writing.