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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!


August 25 workshop, Working with Structure and Finding Meaning:

What makes you both unique and of service to the greater community? What does your essay say about who you are? Together, we will mine your seed idea for deeper meaning and incorporate these findings into the essay. We will walk through a variety of essay structures, and explore techniques such as foreshadowing, flashback and the cultivation of suspense. The goal in this workshop is to arrive at a working draft of the essay.


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, August 25, 2019 - 6:00pm


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

by Dr. Radut