Guidance to Write a Personal Statement
Mondays 7:30-9 pm EST (4:30 Pacific)
Mon Sep 12 - Mon Oct 31 - eight classes total
This class guides students through the process of developing a story, based on a personal experience, to respond to one of the Common App prompts (2022-2023 prompts are here). The story will reveal their character and personality, delving into experience(s) that influenced them and the resulting evolution of their thinking. Students will be taught to write about themselves in a manner that is expressive, detailed, revealing and memorable.
The class will analyze exemplary college application essays specifically for how they captivate their readers while also revealing insights into the author’s personality, passions, ambitions or abilities. It will include a brainstorming component to identify the experiences, traits and strengths that each student should highlight. The instructor will guide students through a formal study, and application, of the craft elements of creative narrative writing.
The majority of class time will consist of working sessions whereby students will brainstorm ideas, write drafts and receive feedback. Each class will begin with a short lesson or review of examples, strategies or techniques for strong narrative essays. Throughout the class, the instructor will provide individual feedback on outlines and drafts created. Students will leave the class with at least one polished essay.
About the instructor: Leslie Morgan has over 20 years of experience and has helped hundreds of students write their college essays as a college advisor at a private school, as a college admission essay tutor, and as a high school English teacher at a Boston-area private school. Her students have been accepted at top-ranked universities across the US and beyond.