The goal of this 2-session writing workshop will be for each student to complete at least one real college application essay (sometimes called a “personal statement”). The first night’s session will focus on what a successful, entertaining application essay should be—the kind that admissions officers are looking for. We will read and discuss sample application essays and brainstorm topics for each student’s own essay. We will create rough drafts, share them with other students, and then break for two weeks while students develop the essays they started in class.
Between the first and second session, students will revise their drafts and e-mail them to the instructor for verbal and/or written comments and suggestions. In the second session, students will revise their drafts with the instructor’s comments in mind, and then share their newest draft with the class to get peer feedback and more instructor input. By the end of the second session, each student should have a successful essay completed.