College Essay Camp

Taught by Tarn Wilson

Session 1: July 26-30, 2021; 1:00-4:00PM

Session 2: August 2-6, 2021; 6:00-9:00PM

Open only to rising seniors

All classes are virtual.

Cost: $525

As a high school teacher, I see firsthand my students' anxiety about their college essays. Generally, rising seniors intend to work on their essays all summer, but procrastination, fear, and confusion about how to begin paralyze them. Often, the whole family becomes stressed in the process!

College Essay Camp can ease fears, break writing blocks, and help students find their stories. In a fun, collaborative environment, we will learn the principles of effective essays, study successful models, generate many ideas in order to find our best material, draft essays, and receive feedback. Students will not only feel more confident and inspired about their essays, but gain writing strategies they can use the rest of their lives.

The class will be capped at 12 students - enough that we will have a wealth of ideas and perspectives - but small enough to ensure personalized attention from the instructor every day. If you have been asking yourself how to answer UC prompts, how to write the common app essay, or how to write a scholarship essay, then this class is for you!

Students who want more work time and support may take the class for both sessions and will save $150.  

Your instructor is a long-time teacher at Gunn High School. She has taught college essay writing for over twenty years and is a published writer with a passion for the personal essay. 

If you are not yet a senior and want support on academic writing, Creator School recommends Palo Alto Writing Academy.

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Cost: $525

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This camp helped me feel less overwhelmed about college applications, and I loved bouncing ideas off my peers. 

— Miranda

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