Essays on Insta: How to Write for the Gram Premium class

Yahdon Israel, Writer

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12 Videos (31m)
    • Class Introduction

    • Class Project: Capture and Caption

    • Treasure Hunt: Finding the Right Picture

    • Making Connections: Thinking About Images

    • Digging Deep For Details: Making Connections Real

    • Finding the Way In: Writing Your Intro

    • Guiding Light: Writing the Body

    • Light at the End of the Tunnel: Writing Conclusions

    • Editing for Clarity and Length

    • Hastags: Making Sure Your Posts Get Chose

    • Posting!

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

It often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Rarely do we think about those words. Rarely do we articulate what effects images have on us, how we interact with them and what they mean.

Instagram has become such a place for this. The caption is just as important as the capture and  this class-- “Essays on Insta” – will equip you with the tools and provide you with the ability to write about images in a way that will capture more than just the moment, but readers as well. In this class you will learn how to write thought-provoking and insightful instagram captions that compliment your pictures.

So if you’re someone looking to expand your audience on Instagram and build community with the images you post and stories you write, this class is for you.

By the end of the class you should be able to write a captivating commentary on Instagram that fully engages your audience with the pictures you post.

All you need is a smartphone, the instagram app, and a willingness to see. Anyone familiar with basic functions of Instagram will be able to complete this course.

33 of 35 students recommendSee All

Short, well summarized class with great foundational ideas for creating a text for Instagram that surely can translate to mediums.
Amorim Ferreira

Copywriter with benefits

Great writing advice that goes beyond the 'gram. Thank you.
I really enjoyed this class! The step-by-step process of making connections and digging for details to find your way into and through a story was very helpful. I've taken many writing classes, and I don't know that I've heard this explained so clearly and practically. Thank you for the class!





Yahdon Israel


Yahdon Israel is a second year MFA Candidate for Creative Non-Fiction at the New School. He ​​writes about race, class, gender and culture in American society. He has written for Avidly, The New Inquiry, Guernica, LitHub, and ESPN Women's. He lives in Bed-Stuy; and runs a popular Instagram page, which promotes literary culture as style with the hashtag "#literaryswag."​ Follow him on Instagram @yahdon