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Free Online College Prep: Storytelling Through Narrative Essays
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Free Online College Prep: Storytelling Through Narrative Essays


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August 31, 2020 to September 4, 2020 at 7PM CST

*NOTE: Classes are Monday, Wednesday & Friday and will meet Online via Zoom at 7PM CST.

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College and scholarship application essays are often seen as an academic and achievement summary. However, the most successful college essays actually bear more resemblance to what we look for in fiction; strong, relatable characters. In this three-day narrative essay writing course, we will discuss: 1) the college application process, 2) the role of the essay and the best approaches to common prompts, 3) how to brainstorm and create a compelling personal narrative, and 4) using fictional storytelling devices to greater effect in your writing.

Classes will be held in an open-seminar format where students will have a chance to participate and ask questions in live lecture. Students will be provided with a variety of resources, including: 1) access to application resources, 2) written/oral brainstorming guide, 3) story-boarding templates, and more. Students who attend all three days and complete all supplemental activities are eligible to have a personal essay consultation upon course completion.
  • Yilong Peng, Instructor

  • Class size limited to 20 writers

  • August 31, 2020 to September 4, 2020

  • Class meets ONLINE via Zoom; with three seminars (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) in the evenings. Once you've enrolled, the instructor will send a link to our online classroom.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.


Instructor Yilong Peng is a Eugene McDermott Scholar at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he studies Molecular Biology and Creative Writing. He is the founder of the 'Last Writers' program, which connects volunteers with hospice patients to write and publish 'living memoirs'. He is also the Director of Publications for Kids Tales, an international nonprofit that empowers underserved kids through creative writing, and a partner with the World Literacy Foundation, where he adapts and records audiobooks for English-learning students in Colombia and Africa. In exploring different mediums of fiction, he has written short stories with the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers, is an avid pursuant of NaNoWriMo, and is currently working on producing a short film with local Dallas film company, XV Anthology. Outside of creative writing, Yilong is a volunteer EMT and has conducted medical research in a wide variety of subjects, including cellular biology, psychiatry, and virology.

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