College Essay Camp

Taught by Tarn Wilson

Session 1: Currently Full (Waitlist)
July 26-30, 2021; 1:00-4:00PM

Session 2: Currently Full (Waitlist)
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!

Meet Your Instructor

Tarn Wilson has been teaching creative writing to high school students and adults for over twenty-years. She currently works at Gunn High School. She earned an MA in education from Stanford and an MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop, specializing in memoir and the personal essay. She is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm (2014) and the forthcoming essay collection In Praise of Inadequate Gifts (2021). Her essays have been published in numerous literary journals, including Brevity, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, River Teeth, and The Sun, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Session 2 Full (Waitlist)


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Cost: $525

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


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

— Miranda