The Personal Narrative – How to Write a Killer College Essay!


Dates: July 19th to August 6th

Synchronous Course Meetings:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:30am to 12:00pm EST

Instructor: Amy Rogers

Course Description:

Personal narrative writing is a learned skill, and not one typically taught in school. Utilizing resources from the New York Times Learning Network, this course will teach students the art of writing engaging and effective essays about themselves. The only way to learn to write is to write – a lot. Students will get comfortable with the drafting process with daily writing assignments, helping them find their unique voice, learn specific tools for hooking their reader, and practice the use of anecdotes and stories to show who they are. We will be analyzing author-annotated essays from the NYT, exploring why topic matters and art of the narrative arc. We will study “essays that worked” from successful college applicants and guidance from college admissions officers on what makes an effective college essay. Students in this class will finish with a portfolio of essays they can use for college applications and will be encouraged to submit a final product to the New York Times’ annual Personal Narrative Essay Contest.

Porter’s College Advising (PCA) offers individualized, one-on-one college counseling to students to guide them through the college admissions process start to finish. Our highly experienced counselors assist students and families throughout the academic year. Packages for counseling beginning in junior or senior year can be bundled with the Personal Narrative course for a discounted price. Full descriptions of college counseling packages and pricing can be found here.