I took this course my first semester at MCLA and it is still one of my favorite classes I've taken here. I had never before thought of the "personal essay" as a literary genre, but the course exposed us to dozens of noted essayists' works as well as giving us an opportunity to hone our own writing craft.
The following was my second essay of the semester, focusing on the emotion of guilt and a memory I attach with it:
This second essay was our final assignment of the semester, which details the events of the last day before I came to MCLA:
Over the course of The Personal Essay, I learned many valuable skills: I learned to write in an entirely different way than the dry, academic form I had been taught throughout high school; I learned to write with a sense of my own personality flavoring the sentences, teasing out paragraphs that reflect my own personal style rather than trying to sound like everyone else; I learned how to use writing as a craft, rather than simply a tool.