Writing

David Sedaris’s 5 Tips for Turning Anecdotes Into Essays

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 22, 2021 • 4 min read

One of America's preeminent humor writers, David Sedaris is known for his incisive social critiques. He writes about his own life in essay collections and non-fiction books, from his childhood in upstate New York to his high school years in Raleigh, North Carolina. Here, he covers essential steps for turning anecdotes into essays.