This week-long workshop explores the balance between self-presentation and effective communication essential to writing powerful college admissions essays, personal narratives, and academic essays for the college level. The course meets the needs of writers at any level, from those who feel the need to strengthen their writing skills to those seeking the next challenge of university-level writing. As you write and receive feedback daily—focusing for the week on drafting a college admissions essay alongside other writing assignments—you’ll learn not only about drafting, revision, organization, evidence, and style for university-level writing, but also about writing as a means of thinking, self-presentation, and communication.
Over the course of this week-long class, you will:
• Draft, revise, and complete a personal or college admissions essay;
• Practice close-reading techniques to analyze texts and to apply the lessons learned to your own writing;
• Familiarize yourself with a range of pre-writing and writing techniques, including brainstorming, free-writing, clustering, and outlining, by utilizing each during your own essay writing project;
• Respond to your own work and the work of your peers during guided peer feedback sessions.
When you complete this course will be more adept in:
• Expressing their ideas using their own voice and original language
• Close reading and analyzing personal essays by interpreting formal devices and literary tools
• Editing and taking a critical stance towards their own writing
A proven facility with the English language, including grammar, and some confidence as a writer.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.