Look at Me: Mastering the College Essay

Writers, Youth

Look at Me: Mastering the College Essay

Become familiar with the college essay genre and write compelling personal statements drawn from your own life experiences.


$115.00 (any noted materials fee included)


$150.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 8/12/2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. Tue, 8/13/2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  3. Wed, 8/14/2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mon, 8/12/2024 - Wed, 8/14/2024

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No Prerequisite, Class, Youth Ages 16-18

Writers' Studio



This course will introduce you to the key elements of successful college application essays. Discussions will focus on the slippery nature of the genre -- how to draw an admission officer's attention to your strengths and distinctive qualities without merely reciting a list of activities and accomplishments.

You will look at a series of essays and analyze what works, what doesn't, and why. Through a series of fun prompts and interactive writing exercises, you will consider your own experiences, interests, and backgrounds to assess what relevant personal material you might best develop in your responses to CommonApp essay prompts.

Together with your fellow classmates, you will brainstorm topics and gather ideas, developing at least one into an application essay draft, and workshop and revise your ssays as time allows.

Registering Youth

  • Parent/guardian registering a child for the first time: When you register, select "Others Only" in the "Who Are You Registering?" section. On the next page, select "Add New Registrant." Create an account for your child.
    • The next time you register your child, use "Search Registrants" to select them.
  • Make sure to fill out your youth's emergency contact information and other details when creating their account.


Bring a laptop or personal computer.

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Instructors or Guides

Julie Cooper

Julie Cooper has taught creative writing and composition at the University of Washington, where she earned her MFA in 2005. A graduate of Harvard University and Oxford University, Julie works as a writer and editor when she’s not being walked by her dog. She lives with her family on Bainbridge Island.

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