Admissions Essay Workshop
On-Line for the 2017-2018 School Year
Teacher: Maya Inspektor
I'm now accepting registrations for Summer 2017!
This online workshop is designed to help students produce a top essay in response to a 2017-18 Common Application essay prompt. This workshop isn't intended merely to be “practice” or “instruction,” but rather students should emerge from this workshop with an essay that they can actually use when they apply to colleges in the fall. Almost every college uses the Common App today, but students who know they want to apply to colleges or scholarships that use different prompts are welcome to work on those essays in this workshop instead.
This workshop was very successful during the summer of 2016, and I look forward to running sections during the summer of 2017 as well. This year, to allow students more time to ponder and revise their essays, I've decided to spread assignments for the first two workshops over six weeks rather than three, with one intensive workshop offered in July aimed at students with especially busy schedules. The six-week workshops will involve instructional messages (which will usually include quick assignments to complete, approximately 30 minutes of work) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with essay drafts due at the end of weeks 2, 4, and 6. The three-week intensive workshop will involve instructional messages every weekday and essay drafts due at the end of EACH week.
This workshop is aimed at homeschooled students who will be seniors in the fall of 2017, but anyone is welcome to participate.
We'll cover the following topics:
The rhetoric of college applications. What is the purpose of these essays? What do admissions officers spend their days reading, and what do they dream of reading? What kind of persona should you convey, and what pitfalls should you avoid? What unique benefits and risks come with being a homeschooled applicant?
How to strengthen writing while cutting words. The Common App essays have a tight 650-word limit, which is a good thing: most essays can become more vibrant when words are cut. I'll help you learn to choose specifics over generalities, streamline syntax, polish grammar, and write with power.
How you can shine through your essays. My main goal for this workshop is to help you bring your voice through your essays, while also helping you figure out what aspects of your experiences and personality will be most appealing to admissions officers. I want you to emerge with an essay that sounds like you-- and that makes you sound irresistible!
The workshop will involve a great deal of interaction with classmates, as students give each other feedback on their essay drafts and ideas. If any students feel uncomfortable sharing their essays on our password-protected class website, they are welcome to opt out of some of this interaction and e-mail me their drafts instead. No interactions will occur via live chat, so students can complete their work at any time of day. I'll also give extensive, tough, specific, and encouraging feedback on at least three drafts of your essay. If you choose to revise your essay further after the class is over, I'm happy to comment briefly on further drafts. This is not a graded “class” and will not appear anywhere on an official transcript. I'm sure your goal is the same as mine: to emerge from the workshop with the best essay you can write, as well as the tools to write any other essays the application process demands. I'm happy to accommodate students' busy schedules or absences.
Session 1 (six weeks): May 22 - June 30, 2017
Session 2 (six weeks): May 29 - July 7, 2017
Session 3 (three weeks intensive): July 10 - July 28, 2017
Each workshop is limited to 25 students.
Workshop fee: $150
How to register:
If you're interested and space remains, simply submit payment for the workshop via the PA Homeschoolers website store. I'll contact all registered participants two weeks before each workshop starts, and I'll post an update on this page when either section is full.
Maya Inspektor has almost a decade of experience teaching AP English Language and AP English Literature via PA Homeschoolers. As a teacher, her passion and strength lies in helping students bring out their own writing voices and work through the process of revision. She has informally and formally helped students with admissions essay writing for years. If you would like to see a sample of a student's admissions essay drafts (shared with permission) or if you have any further questions, don't hesitate to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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