Writing Essays

  • Joe Schall, Writing Personal Statements Onlinehttps://www.e-education.psu.edu/writingpersonalstatementsonline/
  • Anne Lamont, "Shitty First Drafts"
  • Alex Thaler’s the Art of the Personal Statement
  • Stephen King, On Writing – the first part is a memoir and less useful, but the last half has a lot of good readings on how to keep writing simple and on being specific
  • Mary Hale Tolar and Jane Curlin have both written fine short essays on statements
  • Bits of the four NAFA books
  • Donald Asher, Graduate Admissions Essays
  • Tracey Kidder, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction
  • good resources for students put up by Pomona College's Writing Center: http://research.pomona.edu/writingcenter/resources/student-resources/
  • James Durban, Be a College Achiever (specifically the “writing chapters”)