College Essay Writing

This is your chance to tell your story.
Jul 8 - Jul 12
Jul 15 - Jul 19
Jul 22 - Jul 26
Jul 22 - Jul 26
Anna Fairs

About the program

The July 8-12, July 15-19, and July 22-26 AM* sections are now full. We are still accepting applicants for the July 22-26 PM* section. Please email for the application link. 

This class will guide you through essential techniques for compelling college essay writing. Each day will focus on key aspects of the writing process, such as understanding the purpose of a college essay, selecting a strong topic, and developing a personal writing style! Students will explore the Common App essay prompts and practice customizing their personal stories to fit the specific prompts required by different colleges.

Through a mix of lectures, discussions, workshops, and peer reviews, you’ll learn to deconstruct essay questions, brainstorm effectively, and select topics that reflect your unique story. Every student will leave the class with a polished final essay ready to send to the college(s) of their choice!

The Process

  1. Understanding – Prompt & Purpose
  2. Reflecting & Brainstorming
  3. Outlining
  4. Writing
  5. Reviewing – Peer Review & Teacher Review
  6. Revising & Refining

This course will meet daily from 10:00AM -12:00PM EST (Monday-Friday) and require an internet connection and access to Zoom. The July 22-26 PM* section will meet daily from 1:00-3:00PM EST (Monday-Friday). The instructor will have 1:1 sessions with each student to offer personal feedback.

Skills you will learn

  • Understand the Purpose of a College Essay
  • Deconstruct Essay Questions, Brainstorm, and Select Topics
  • Develop a Personal Writing Style
  • Craft an Engaging Introduction and Conclusion
  • Edit and Revise Your Work

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of UVA Northern Virginia.