Online Feedback: Personal Essays

Fiona Wright

Monday 8 February to Friday 25 June 2021, online

Full Price: $500
Member: $375
Conc Member: $325

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In this online writing course, award-winning writer Fiona Wright will provide feedback on your personal essays, enabling you to hone your skills over five months. Feedback will vary depending on each piece but may focus on areas such as voice and tone, structure and pacing, or incorporating research and other materials into your work.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

Each month, you’ll submit up to 1500 words of non-fiction. Your tutor will provide tailored feedback, giving you time to incorporate her suggestions and advice into the next month’s submission. Each month you can submit either new or revised writing.

You’ll also have the opportunity to read and comment on other participants’ work. This process of giving and receiving feedback from fellow writers is an ideal way to determine what works, what resonates, what falls flat – and how to improve.

This online course takes place on a website specifically designed for writers, making it simple and easy to share your writing, give and receive feedback, and interact with fellow writers.

If you’re ready to challenge yourself and develop your skills through constructive critique and independent work, this course is for you.

Please note: this is a feedback-based program. While you are welcome to generate new material for submission during this time, no prompts or themes will be provided.

Participant Requirements

Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this course. Please read our FAQ before enrolling>>

This course starts on 8 February with enrolment into our online classroom. Submissions (personal essays up to 1500 words) are due on the following dates, 10pm AET:

Monday 15 February  
Monday 15 March  
Monday 19 April  
Monday 17 May 
Monday 14 June

After each submission date, you’ll have 10 days to complete peer feedback. At the end of each feedback period, you’ll receive your tutor feedback.


‘The feedback from Fiona was excellent. She really focused on specific improvements that could be made.’ – Mariem

‘Loved the stimulation of reading the work of others and developing the skills of critiquing. The development of relationships with people I may never meet was a plus.’ – Trisha

‘I loved the camaraderie that developed among participants, the helpful feedback from my peers. I liked Fiona’s encouraging and thoughtful feedback. It was excellent.’ – Denise

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