Writing about yourself, your experiences, and your own perspective can be hard. It’s also something that a lot of students don’t get enough practice with as they focus on academic writing in most courses. However, personal narratives and perspectives are a focus of most college applications. In this summer mini-course, students will get a crash course in how to create a personal essay. We’ll take the essay process through brainstorming, drafting, revising, and polishing. Students will emerge from the class with a solid personal statement essay as well as several shorter writing pieces.
For students who are rising seniors, they can potentially use this essay for the Common Application and other college applications. For younger students, the course provides a chance to dive into memoir and hone their writing and revising skills.
Our weekly meeting will be used to brainstorm and workshop as well as include lessons about personal essays and engaging your reader with beautiful or eye-catching writing. Work is paced out so that while students will create a single, polished essay by the end of the course, they will work on that essay and other assignments in a step by step way. The first half of the course also contains short essay reading assignments.
Who should enroll?
Rising seniors who would like to write their personal statement essay for college over the summer. Rising sophomores and juniors who enjoy writing and would like to try writing about themselves or who would like to get a head start on understanding how to write a personal essay for college.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
My goal as an educator is always to help your student move forward in their skills with writing. Students start in different places. This is why I give extensive feedback on writing assignments and make myself available to meet with students about their essays. Grades for this course will only reflect having completed the work and participated in the assignments. They will not be evaluative of writing. All evaluation will come through narrative feedback.
Communication is through Canvas. Parents and students are encouraged to reach out.