Pre-College Programs

Personal Essay Writing Workshop

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This is event is being held online. After registering, connection information will be emailed to you.

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Susannah Fishman
Pre College Writing Workshop

The first of several workshops for students preparing for college, this two-day workshop will help high school students approach writing a first draft of a personal essay to a college of their choice. Scholarships available. 

The Personal Essay is central to many types of applications—college, art school and internships. But how do you make yourself stand out? How do you articulate what makes you a good fit for the program you are applying for? Whether you are applying to Harvard, Penn State or an elite academy like PAFA, you will have to write an essay that talks about yourself, your goals and what drives you as a student. Good personal essays use description and imagery to let the reader viscerally experience the story, just as paintings can tell a story. By emphasizing the links between imagery and text, students will learn to write a personal essay that truly stands out from the crowd.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Articulate how a specific personal experience shaped you as a person and how it guides your future goals      
  • Identify what type of program(s) you want to apply for and why      
  • Speak to the mission of the institution for which you are applying      
  • Write about yourself to address a specific audience  

Students will meet with the teacher and fellow students live on Zoom from 10-11 AM on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday the teacher will guide students in how to write a personal essay, and on Sunday students will share their work with each other and receive feedback. Additional readings, resources, and feedback will be available on the learning management system, Canvas.