Journal as Personal Essay

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January 26, 2022 - March 30, 2022 (10 sessions)
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM ET

A journal is a personal space where it’s safe to react to the world and interact with yourself. Using a multifocal approach and a panorama of writing experiences, this course is designed to help you learn specific writing skills as you develop a writing habit in a safe and supportive environment. You’ll be encouraged to record what you see, how you see it. Gain an appreciation for the possibilities of the journal through class discussions, writing prompts, and published entries by essayists, fiction writers, poets, neuroscientists, and other contemporary life watchers. Reflect. Use words. Be free. Have fun. Find yourself.

Johns Hopkins Tuition Remission Policies

Current and retired full-time Johns Hopkins faculty and staff, as well as their spouses or domestic partners, are eligible for tuition remission. Eligibility details can be found here.

After registration, tuition remission eligibility will be confirmed by the Odyssey registrar. If eligibility cannot be confirmed, you will be required to pay full tuition for the course. Under the terms of the University’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No partial refunds are given to JHU employees and affiliates. All other participants should review the JHAA Event Cancellation and Refund Policy


ABOUT Margaret Osburn

Margaret Osburn is a full-time writer/editor and the recipient of professional awards for writing and editing. She is the writer of a documentary film that aired on PBS. She has published news and feature articles in national and regional newspapers and magazines. Her most recent short stories appear in Salamander, Existere, CALYX, and The Raleigh Review. Margaret teaches regularly for the Odyssey writing program.

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 Event Date
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
6:30pm EDT

Wednesday, March 30, 2022


Virtual Via Zoom
Baltimore, MD 21218

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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