The Smart Way to Write Your College Application Essay
Saturday, September 9 / 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Ruiz Branch Library
Open to 12th Graders Only
College application essays can be daunting, but getting a guided head-start helps relieve stress and amplifies ownership of the process. In this two-hour workshop, writing coach Laurie Filipelli will help students honor their own personal stories, discover their authentic beliefs, and hone the writing and self-presentation skills needed for success in college and beyond. Students will receive step-by-step advice and individualized feedback as they engage in practical writing exercises.
In order to participate, high-school seniors are required to complete and submit a preliminary self-reflection and essay first-draft no later than Tuesday, September 5. To request documents and begin the registration process, email programs director Cecily Sailer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texas Teen Book Festival Writing Workshops
Badgerdog will host two writing workshops as part of the Texas Teen Book Festival — the largest book festival for teens in the whole state of Texas, featuring dozens of best-selling YA authors in a full day of events, discussions, and book signings!
Saturday, October 7
St. Edward's University
The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program will host a one-hour poetry workshop for teens, led by Teaching Artist Tracey Lander-Garrett. Teens will encounter a new poetic work and investigate how a writer’s choices influence the reader’s experience of a poem. We’ll then venture into our own poetic creation, drafting new, inventive lines to create a powerful effect on the page. Open to ages 13-18.
11:15 AM to 12:05 PM
Fleck Hall, Room 314
The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program will host a one-hour fiction workshop for teens, led by Teaching Artist Amanda Scott. Teens will encounter a new work of short fiction, and investigate how a writer’s choices influence the reader’s experience of a story. We’ll then venture into our own creative work of fiction, imagining complex characters and surprising situations to challenge them. Open to ages 13-18.
3:30 to 4:20 PM
Fleck Hall, Room 314