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College Essay Workshop Series: Week 1 How to Help

The college essay isn't just another academic essay and it doesn't have to be a painful process for you or your child / student. Join veteran teacher, college essay consultant, and Mystic resident Kristie Schmidt as she shares with participants her over 20 years of experience working with high school seniors on college essays from start to finish. Learn the dos and don'ts and break through the procrastination into productivity (weeks 1 and 2), experience the Common Application prompts deconstructed--find out what admissions officers look for, expect to read, and how to deliver, and walk away with a topic, started draft, and some feedback (weeks 3 and 4). Each session is one hour and includes time for Q&A.

Week 1: How to Help For parents only. You want to help. You also want this essay done yesterday. What's a parent to do? A walk through on how best to help your child / student. It might not be what you expect!

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Week 2: Getting Started | Tuesday, September 28 at 7PM

For parents and students. Identifying values, traits, and compelling life stories. Experience the Gateless writing methodology to break through the hesitation, the inner critic, and the paralysis. No judgement. Plenty of positive feedback and ideas.
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Week 3: Deconstructing the Common App Prompts and Finding a Topic | Tuesday, October 5 at 7PM

For students only. What do the prompts really mean? How literally must you stick to them? What's possible for a topic? What's taboo? Brainstorming possible topics.
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Week 4: Drafting and Feedback | Tuesday, October 12 at 7PM

For students only. Prerequisite attendance at Week 2 or 3. Learn how to jump that introduction hurdle. A practical writing session time via Google docs. Receive real time gentle, kind feedback that sets you up to finish that strong draft.
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