What is an essay?

An essay is a type of text that from the scientific or cultural tradition is related to the free exposure of ideas, in which an idea is pointed and a subject or motive is reflected.

Precisely that freedom that is the fundamental characteristic of the essay makes it very difficult to offer an absolute definition of what an essay is and what its characteristics are, in such a way that there is a long tradition of authors and theories that have dedicated deep reflections to this task, some examples of it appear on the homepage of this site.

For practical purposes it can be pointed out that the essay is a text in which ideas and thoughts are exposed, with a mixture between an aestheticliterary component and another scientificacademic component, whose objective is reflection in the field of knowledge. It can be said that the essay is a writing that is on the border between informative and literary texts.

Precisely, to be formed by this mixture between the scientific and the creative, there are those who have referred to the essay as the didactics made literature, it has also been defined as prose of ideas or literature of thought.

Some of the attempts to define and characterize the nature of the essay discuss what is the predominant aspect of the essay: whether the scientificacademic aspect or the exclusively literarycreative aspect and divide the types of essay according to the greater or lesser presence of these aspects. Such a distinction between literary essay and scientificacademic essay is fundamental since it determines the characteristics and formal requirements that each one must cover.

For the purposes of this site, the fundamental difference between a literary essay and an academic one is that while for the first the most important thing is the personal expression and the originality of the author when demonstrating his main idea, for the second it is important that the author defends his position with arguments and substantiated evidence which must be presented in the written document in a structured manner.

Learn to write your essay using formats available in the course and applicable to your academic writings

What you’ll learn

By the end of the course, you should have a good foundation to understand what it means to write an essay

In this course you will learn some of the main formats for writing academic essays

  • requirements
  • Sufficient handling of Word
  • Some experience in basic academic writings
  • Be studying at any level of higher education


This course is aboutwriting an essay“. It is aimed at university students or people who wish to refresh their knowledge on how to write an essay.

The university education generates strong demands in terms of academic writing and the ensaƱas are a preferred form. It is for this reason that in this course concepts and formats have been included to develop an essay. You can download some formats in Word for direct use.

It is considered important that the participant in the course makes the necessary discussions when there is any doubt.

The course is structured in specific classes about what it means to write an essay.

In any case, it is considered an appropriate course for students who have doubts about this type of academic writing.

Who this course is for:

  • Students who need support to write their essays
  • Students who want to consolidate and deepen what academic writing means, specifically essays
  • Professionals who want to update their knowledge about what it means to write an essay