TUESDAYS, NOV. 2nd — DEC. 14th | Cheerleading, snake-charming, handholding, and tear-wiping – how do you get your teen to write those dreaded college essays? And WHY is it so dreaded? First, kids are expected to do a type of writing with which they have little to no academic experience. Then, suddenly, their whole life is on the line if they don’t tell the greatest story ever told – in which they are the star! On top of that, they need to reflect on What It All Means and How They Are Forever Changed. Yikes!
In this workshop, students will write at least one main college essay. In the process, they will learn essay-writing tools such as how to choose topics, write a compelling hook and introduction, develop ideas through personal anecdotes and observations, and reflect on their experiences to create powerful conclusions. Even though these essays are memoir-type nonfiction, they use many of the same tools that make fictional stories come alive.
There will be mini craft lessons based on relevant mentor texts, lots of fun in-class writing, and a whole lot of feedback and help with revision. I will also be available during the 6 weeks for email and brief private Zooms for extra handholding and nagging…er, advice!
This class will meet on Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.
|Lisa Lerner has been a writing tutor/personal college-essay coach for many years (proudly watching her students accepted to UCLA, Cornell, UPenn, Ithaca College, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and more) and has written so many lessons about how to teach writing she can now do that in her sleep. With almost no snoring! She holds a B.S. in Communication Arts from Cornell University. You can read what students and parents have to say and find out more about her at www.lisalerner.com|
Number of sessions: 6
Dates: Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16 (no class November 23), 30; December 7, 14
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm Pacific Time
Course fee: $300