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Writing a Compelling College Admissions Essay: A Workshop Series

The Ivy Bookshop

The admissions essay is the most personal part of the college application process and crafting it can be grueling. It allows you to highlight an individuality that goes beyond test scores and GPA in order to reveal what makes you exceptional and unique. Knowing how to capture this spirit on paper can be a challenge.

The Ivy Bookshop wants to help. Our four-workshop series will lead you through the process of creating a compelling admissions essay. By September--in time for most Early Action deadlines--you will have a persuasive essay that reflects who you are and what you have to offer. Not to mention that you will learn about yourself, hone your writing voice and have fun!


September 8 workshop, Polishing the Essay:

Are you ready to submit? In this workshop, you will revise your essay, trying to look at your work with fresh eyes. You will practice revision techniques-evaluating word choice, reorganizing structure, enhancing ideas-and then edit for grammatical conventions, discovering how grammar contributes to the clarity of ideas and expression. You will have the opportunity to email your essay to Sarah for final editing suggestions. 


Workshops will be held at Bird in Hand (11 E. 33rd Street), and will include snacks and drinks. Participants will work around a large farm table, facilitating brainstorming and peer reviews. Sarah will assign homework between workshops to support and augment the writing process. Each participant will receive a copy of College Essay Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay by Ethan Sawyer (a $14.99 value).

For instructor Sarah Shellow, writing is a conversation with the world. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching writing to elementary, middle, high school and college students, as well as to teaching fellows. She teaches new public-school teachers at Stevenson University about the art and science of teaching writing, and trains staff at the Baltimore-based Holistic Life Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to nurturing mindfulness and literacy. Sarah has a master's degree in education from Bank Street College in New York City and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. This is her second year of teaching this workshop series for The Ivy.






Event Details

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 6:00pm


Bird in Hand
11 E. 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

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