Developing Your College Essay Process

Join Dr. Christopher Gardner, history department chair and Dr. Virginia Kennedy, English department chair, for a one-day workshop: Developing Your College Essay Process. The workshop is based on the theory that good writing is good thinking and good thinking produces excellent writing. Drs. Gardner and Kennedy will focus on theoretical approaches to writing and the skills and strategies needed to generate strong finished products. The first half of the workshop will be devoted to theories of writing and analyzing approaches to the process of writing and its challenges. The second half applies this exploration to generating specific ideas and drafts suited to the requirements of college applications, as well as other potential essays with which students are challenged. 
In partnership with Dr. Gardner, Dr. Kennedy welcomes students to West Nottingham's writing workshops where the act and art of writing is explored, analyzed and developed. We understand the writing process is creative and fun—as well as demanding. We look forward to working with students to tap into their creativity and support the production of strong writing for college applications and for other types of writing for which they have need and interest.  Learn more about Drs. Gardner and Kennedy below.

9-11:30 a.m.
Morning session: Dialogues on Theories of Writing
*Breakout group discussions on forms and traditions of essay writing.
  • Analyzing the content, form, and structure of specific essays.
  • Approaches to essay construction.
  • What should I write about?  Brainstorming your topic.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: brunch
12:30-5 p.m.
Afternoon session: Let’s Get Started!
  • Developing your writing process.
  • Mapping your essay.
  • Drafting/redrafting.
  • Peer editing: workshopping your essays.
*Dr. Gardner and Dr. Kennedy will work with small groups for the morning session and the first part of the afternoon session. The groups will come together for the peer editing workshop.
Developing Your College Essay Process

Saturday, March 30, 2019

$150 (brunch is included in the cost)

Questions?  Please contact Sasha Skulsky.