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Finding Your Voice: The Art of the College Admission Essay

Presented by the Iowa Youth Writing Project at the Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing at the University of Iowa


As a high school junior or senior, you will get your test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation in order—but what about that last crucial item, the college application essay? How can you convey your goals, personality, and sense of self in just a few hundred words?

This course will discuss the purpose, objective, and execution of the successful college application essay, demystifying the process and allowing you to put your best self onto the page. We will brainstorm topics, discuss structure, look at examples of extraordinary essays, and give feedback on ideas and drafts. The college application essay is an opportunity for you to speak about yourself and make an impression that goes beyond your grades and scores—this course will offer expert guidance and ease your anxiety about the process.


DATES: July 7, 2021 – August 18, 2021



Isabel Henderson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received Truman Capote and Rydson fellowships. She earned her BA at Princeton University. She has worked for The Atlantic, Granta, and The American Reader; her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Prairie Schooner, and other journals and magazines.


“Definitely would recommend this workshop. Lots of good material covered, plus Isabel is a great instructor. She explains everything in detail and is willing to work one-on-one, as well.”  

— Timothy C., July 2019


Registration Opens May 5, 2021

Earlybird registration: May 5, 2021 – June 7, 2021: Course price, early registration: $450.00

Regular registration: June 7, 2021 – July 2, 2021: Course price, regular registration: $475.00


Note: The credit card payment will be processed by an external provider and will appear on your credit card statement as “IA YOUTH WRITING PROJECT."

Refund Policy: A $50 cancellation fee will be applied to refunds for cancellations received before June 7, 2020. A $150 cancellation fee will be applied to refunds for cancellations received between June 7, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Beginning July 1, 2020 no refunds are available. 

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Need help? Contact the Iowa Youth Writing Project: (319) 467-4694 •