Topical!: Marie Claire Contributor Maura Kelly Has Some Pointers On Personal Essay Writing

Regular FishbowlNY readers are likely aware that we’ve been keeping an eye on the controversy revolving around a recent Marie Claire post — “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV?)” — by Maura Kelly. Kelly wrote about some viewers’ reaction to the new CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly,” echoing their belief that “yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.” Many felt Kelly’s comments were insensitive, and some even called for a boycott of Marie Claire until the magazine either fired Kelly or issued a formal apology. Kelly, for her part, added an update to her post, apologizing profusely to her readers.

Well, Kelly is presenting a mediabistro workshop on writing personal essays on November 22nd. The one-night workshop — a cozy affair limited to a total of twelve students — will teach how to create and pitch a personal essay for publication in a major magazine or newspaper.

Sign up and submit a letter of interest and writing sample today for the chance to learn, from someone who knows well, what it means to channel your personal thoughts and experiences into an engaging — and perhaps even controversial — published piece.