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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

The Personal Essay: A Writing Workshop

Week 2: July 12-18, 2015

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In this class, you'll write about events in your life that have moved you and mull over those questions about the human experience that most compel your interest.

Writing the personal essay—the informal or familiar or genuine essay—is a wonderful means of exploring what really matters to you. Essayists write with conversational frankness and with a high tolerance for uncertainty, not so much to prove ideas as to weigh their merits. In the process they deepen their own and their readers' sense of what it means to be human.

Charlie Green, senior lecturer in English, a fiction writer, essayist, and seasoned teacher, will lead us as we analyze some published pieces (each illustrative in its own way) and read and discuss one another's essays.

Charles Green

Charlie Green received his PhD in English from the University of Cincinnati and his MA in English from the University of Missouri. His novel, The Gospels of Faith and Doubt, explores the relationship between a messianic figure and his biographer.... > more

Registration

Registration is closed for this class. Please contact CAU if you have questions.

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers the course, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy per adult $1,932, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy per adult $1,990, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,115

*This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option: $425. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience.