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College Essay Bootcamp for Common App with Suzy Kahn Weinberg

$90.00 · August 3

In this two session workshop students will have the opportunity to complete a solid draft of their Common App essay. By the end, students will appreciate why their story matters and what colleges are looking for in applicants. (Note: this is a two-session course, taking place over two consecutive Saturdays.)

Start Date

August 3

Day(s) of the Week

Saturday

Class Times

10:00am – 11:30am

Sessions

2

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$90

In stock

Description

Let’s face it. It’s easy to panic about writing your college admission essay. It’s tempting to think there is a magic formula (ahem AI) for writing the essay that colleges are looking for. The truth is colleges want to hear YOUR STORY, in your own voice. And writing your own story should be a positive experience of self exploration and satisfaction that you are being your authentic self and have a great story to tell!

In this two session workshop students will have the opportunity to complete a solid draft of their Common App essay. Starting with the 2024 Common Application personal statement prompts, we will use guided brainstorming and a story crafting approach to help you find the story you want to tell. Peer reviews and conversations along with one-on-one time with the instructor will serve each student to construct a personal statement that is memorable and readable. By the end, students will appreciate why their story matters and what colleges are looking for in applicants.

Note: this is a two-session course, taking place over two consecutive Saturdays.


Week 1, August 3rd: Storytelling and the College Application: elements of a good story; what colleges are looking for; brainstorming topics (homework to write first draft)

Week 2, August 10th: Story crafting: writing and revising your first draft

Students will be encouraged to read through selected Common App personal statement examples from previous years. No more than 20 minutes total in a week.

This class will include:

  • In-class peer feedback
  • In-class verbal instructor feedback
  • Written instructor feedback
  • Optional sharing of student work in class
  • In-class writing exercises
  • Generative exercises
  • Editorial/revising strategies and exercises
  • Drafting/planning exercises
  • Writing exercises or writing assignments outside of class
  • In-class reading
  • Class discussion

About Suzy Kahn Weinberg

A writer, producer and personal narrative storycrafting coach, Suzy’s personal and professional career center on the power of storytelling. Suzy is currently a co-producer of a monthly live storytelling series called ​Is this a thing?​ featuring true personal tales told on stage. She has been an active mentor and volunteer with Chicago Scholars, helping students from underserved communities in their college process. Big Shoulders Stories​ is Suzy’s latest venture, partnering with Chicago’s nonprofit organizations to identify, nurture, and showcase storytellers and their stories.