College Essay Workshop

Twin Cities youth, join us for College Essay Workshop!

Are you applying to colleges or scholarships soon? Interested in writing your personal story? Come sharpen your storytelling voice at College Essay Workshop!

ThreeSixty Journalism and 826MSP present College Essay Workshop, a 4-day workshop focused on personal/college essay writing for Twin Cities youth. As a student, you will develop your voice to create — start-to-finish — a polished, adaptable essay for submission to colleges, scholarships, and more. You will work with professional volunteers from media industries across the Twin Cities.

Through the College Essay Workshop, you will:

  • Receive hands-on support with generating thoughtful essay topics, outlining, and writing for specific audiences -such as admission committee readers
  • Learn to steward challenging or sensitive life experiences for writing and storytelling in ethical and thoughtful ways
  • Sharpen your collaborative, presenting, and youth leadership skills through activities and peer-to-peer reviews
  • Work out of the new interdisciplinary STEAM building, tour St. Thomas with campus Admissions, and experience college life

College Essay Workshop is open at no cost to all Twin Cities metro high school youth. We are able to accept 30 students. Students receive $150 after completion of the workshop to go toward transportation and Common App fees. Application closes May 31 at 5 p.m.

Students sit at tables reading and writing at 826MSP.

University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul campus

Dates and Times
College Essay Workshop will run from Monday, August 12 – Thursday, August 15.
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free lunch and snacks will be provided.

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Check out some of the past college essays published in our latest magazine! 

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