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Writing and Revising the College Application Essay


For beginning writers, essay-writing is about coming up with enough to say, completing the text to the required length, and then correcting grammar and spelling mistakes. For experienced writers, drafting and proofreading are the least important parts of the process! In this course, students will learn about the college essay-writing process by going through it from start to finish: from brainstorming ideas; to selecting, writing and organizing a personal story; through scaffolding exercises to break down the writing process; through a draft and into deep revision learned through the peer review process and self-criticism; to final edits. At the end of the intensive, students will have completed an advanced draft of one essay addressing a real prompt from the Common Application, required for university application.

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By the end of this course, students will know how to:
- Break down writing prompts to pinpoint what the target audience wants to see
- Guide themselves through the brainstorming, writing, and editing processes
- Identify strengths and weaknesses in others’ writing and their own, and make constructive suggestions for addressing issues

Twice/week; 60 minute sessions + 15 minutes per week one-on-one with a writing/editing specialist.
Homework: 3+ hours per week
Interactive lessons in groups of 3-5 people





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Applications are being collected for September - December

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