Tell Me About Yourself: Writing the Personal Statement (2/23-3/30)
Instructors: Vanessa Hua and Marie C. Baca
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Number of Sessions: 2
Meeting Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Dates: Sunday, February 23 and Sunday, March 30
Course Fee: $150, the full course fee is required to register. Class size, 12
Description: “Briefly assess your career progress to date.” “Testify to the appropriateness of this fellowship to your situation.” “Describe your project.” Vague prompts like these often make writing the personal statement the most difficult part of applying for a graduate program, reporting/creative writing grant or residency. This two-day workshop will teach students the how to craft a winning personal statement or project proposal with field-tested tips for success.
The two sessions are scheduled a month apart to give students time to prepare their statement or proposals for feedback. In the first session, we will discuss the range of opportunities available and the nuts and bolts of a successful personal statement or project proposal with the help of real applications and fun in-class exercises. In the second sessions, students will workshop their statement or proposal in a supportive environment and receive feedback from both the instructors and their fellow students.
All students will receive a packet of successful personal statements and a resource list of writing-related fellowships. Although we obviously can’t guarantee that students will be accepted to the program of their choice, we do promise that they will leave the workshop with a carefully evaluated statement or proposal and a better sense of their own interests, skills, and goals.
Instructor Bios: Vanessa Hua has been awarded writing/reporting fellowships and scholarships from the Steinbeck Center, the International Reporting Project, the East-West Center, the Fulbright Program, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, among others. She is an award-winning writer whose fiction and non-fiction has appeared in ZYZZVA, Calyx, New York Times, Salon, and elsewhere. She has been a staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Hartford Courant, and filed stories from Panama, China, South Korea, and Burma. She is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Riverside’s MFA program.
Marie C. Baca is a freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, ProPublica, Salon, and the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, among other publications. She holds a master’s degree from Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Journalism.