Rising Grade 11 and 12 students in the Art of the Personal Essay work collaboratively and independently to play with the possible forms, focus and key features of personal essay writing. By interviewing peers, exploring a range of essays from periodicals and anthologies, playing with digital enhancements and simply chatting with teachers and friends, students consider new possibilities for their own self-reflection and stories.
Over the course of the week, students write three short drafts of personal essays, work with teachers to revise their work through written feedback and conferences and experiment with supporting their writing through visual communication. On the final day, students read their final essays for snaps and praise. A representative of Baldwin’s College Counseling department will have the opportunity to hear many of the essays and will speak to students about how their personal essay writing could serve as a springboard for the common application essay they will write prior to their senior year.
Taught by English Department Chair Melissa Sullivan and Upper School Teacher Daniel Benjamin
Weeks Offered: July 12 - 16, 19 - 23, 26 - 30