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Admissions Essay Writing Series

How would you like to leave Tufts this summer with both a great college class AND a solid first draft of your college admissions essay?

Many students find the college admissions essay to be the most challenging part of the college application process. And most admissions offices will tell you that it's among the most important criteria for acceptance. How do you communicate everything you want your top-choice university to know about you in one piece of writing? At the Admissions Essay Series, you will learn the essentials of writing this extremely important document.

Exercises in brainstorming, pre-writing, drafting, revision along with feedback from peers and from the instructor will build your confidence in this extremely important document. Even good writers with a compelling story to tell can use this kind of coaching. Topics will include:

  • Write compellingly in the first-person voice.
  • Focusing on a unique personal experience.
  • Telling a short but attention-grabbing story.
  • Describing subtle and unexpected details.
  • Reflecting on deeper meaning and themes.

  • Mastering style, tone, and mood.
  • Avoiding common grammar and usage problems

Lessons and readings will be mainly based on the current Common Application personal essay prompts. We will also devote some time to writing more formal Statements of Purpose. All workshop participants will finish the summer with a polished final draft, complete with personalized feedback and suggestions from the instructor.

This series will meet twice weekly, and will include assignments, workshops, and assessment from Jason Clemence, Ph.D., the series leader. Dr. Clemence has been a Tufts Summer Study advisor since 2007. He is an experienced college writing instructor (at Tufts, Northeastern University, Regis College, UMass-Lowell, and the University of Vermont). He teaches the Tufts Summer Writing Program course.

Meeting Information

  • Section 1 - Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Location TBA.
  • Section 2 - Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. Location TBA.