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Writing Personal Essays For Teens

Age 11-15
Cost Pay-What-You-Can
Program type After School
Meets Wednesday 4:00-6:00
Food provided Yes
Contact us Info@Uptownstories.Org
Deadline Sept. 26, 2017

Writing Personal Essays For Teens


At Uptown Stories, we believe that writing is an essential tool for self-expression, critical thinking, and academic success. Based in upper Manhattan, we offer small-group writing workshops for children ages eight to fifteen, led by master teachers and professional authors. To ensure our workshops are accessible to all children, tuition is pay-what-you-can. Uptown Stories creates an exciting, challenging, and supportive community in which young authors thrive.


The personal essay is the most common and the most feared genre young writers will face. As a frequent requirement in school admissions, the pressure can feel overwhelming. How can you sum yourself up in five hundred words, or less? How can you represent yourself in the best light, while staying honest? In this workshop, we’ll explore these tricky questions, and learn techniques to craft personal essays that are genuine, shapely, even fun pieces of writing. We’ll read examples by fantastic essayists such as Roxanne Gay, Saeed Jones, Amy Tan, David Foster Wallace, and Joan Didion, among others. We will accommodate students who want to work on their own application topics, and provide inspiration for those who do not. The workshop will culminate in a celebratory reading for friends and family and a printed anthology of student work.