College Essay Workshop

This summer get a jump on your future

Students who participated in the workshop over the last two years received admission to colleges such as Kenyon, Wellesley, Boston College, Bryn Mawr College, Rutgers University, George Washington University, TCNJ, Case Western Reserve University, St. Olaf College, Elon, NYU, UNC Chapel Hill, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Princeton, and MIT.


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Workshop Overview

This workshop is designed to provide students with the information, approaches, and process they will need to tell the stories that are central to their college essays in the best possible way. The workshop will consist of three classroom meetings and then two individual meetings working to revise and fine-tune the students' work. We will begin by looking at models of great narrative storytelling, discussing both the mode and structure great writers use to collapse the distance between writer and reader. We will then examine model college essays, looking at the content, structure, and style of the essays. The third classroom meeting will be a discussion of approaches to different types of college essay questions, leaving time for the students to brainstorm outlines and ideas in preparation for writing their first drafts. Each session has built in a gap week to allow students time to draft their college essays. These drafts will be emailed to the instructor on the Friday preceding the student's first individual meeting with the instructor. This will allow the instructor time to review and comment on the draft prior to the revision conference (Class 4). At the end of the week of the revision conference students will email their revised draft to the instructor for review in preparation for the final conference (Class 5). The goal of this process is that not only will the student walk away with one completed college essay they can be proud of, they will also now possess the know-how to write additional college essays.

Session Dates, Times, and Location

Complete the registration form below and email to reserve a seat in the session of your choice. Please note sessions will be capped at a max of 20 students per session so don't delay. The registration form and $220 registration fee can be brought to the first class session. All checks made payable to the instructor.

All sessions will be held at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Henderson Hall. You can park at the Annunciation Center and walk over to Henderson. Room is TBD.

If you wish to participate in the workshop but it's difficult for you to make all the meeting dates of a given session, please contact me to work out an individualized schedule.

Session Dates for the Summer of 2018 To Be Determined

About the Instructor

Hi, my name is Jason S. Ellrott. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SUNY Albany, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Bard College, and I've completed my ABD at Drew University. I've been teaching high school English for 17 years and as a teacher of upper classmen, I spend a good portion of each fall and winter working with students on their college essays. Getting to hear each student's story and being able to help him/her hone it into a fine piece of writing is always a rewarding experience.