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Write Out Loud: Use the Story To College Method, Write Great Application Essays, and Get into Your Top Choice College 1st Edition
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While I typically review books that interest me in order to provide the publisher and author with an honest review from someone who is hopefully within their target market, I've yet to run across a review opportunity that was so perfectly timed.
You see, this is a book that helps high school students write the best possible college application essays, and here I sit with my younger son a high school junior with incredible college potential (he wants to go to med school and is more than capable). So not only do I get to review the book, but I get a great opportunity to see if this is something I would like to get in print format for my son.
That answer, by the way, is a resounding yes.
I have always been a proponent of empowering our children, and I've been even more adamant about that following the death of my wife two years ago. Since I don't know when my time will come, my boys have to be as prepared for life as possible.
One of things I really like about this book is Barash expects parents to be almost completely hands-off in the process. Encourage. Offer suggestions when asked, and only when asked. But under no circumstances fix the writing, not even a comma. Once you start doing that, it's a slippery slope toward the parent being the author instead of the child. And if our children are going to be independent in college, why not start now?
The most important thing is the story must be in your child's voice.Read more ›
"Write Out Loud," a new guide to the college application essay, takes a very different approach - shaking up the equation, and in so doing, guide students to write terrific essays. The book is based on the "Story to College" essay writing workshop program created by author Carol Barash. Barash, a graduate of Yale and Princeton, had two seminal experiences in the evolution of her program: As faculty advisor at Rutgers University, she read and evaluated thousands of college applicants' essays and came to know all too well the difference between the uninspiring average essay and the rare gem. She could also relate, however, to the middling efforts: As a high school student, she had been told that she wasn't much of a writer, either. It was a challenge that she took on, discovering in the process what makes writing real, powerful and evocative. For the past few years, Barash has been sharing those lessons in her workshops and online in a Udemy course. Now it's all in the book, too.
"Write Out Loud" is different from most college application essay how-to's. For one thing, it's big, like an old-school magazine: tall and wide. That's because it's a workbook designed for students to write in, advancing through exercises of introspection and discovery as they read.Read more ›
This book teaches you the secrets to writing a college essay that make you stand out and will help get you into your choice colleges. It's a fun book too where you'll learn about how to tell your story in other settings in your life, like job interviews.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book really helped me throughout my college application process. Furthermore, it helped me to better understand how to write an effective college essay. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JM
"Write Out Loud" is a must read! This book serves as a myth buster to all things college application essays. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kat
Great book! Will be passing on and recommending to friends with kids coming of age to need it. If I had learned about the author sooner I would have sent my kids to NY for a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Likes2Shop4Things
I read this book as my older daughter is preparing to begin the college application process. I do wish I (& she) had read it earlier than now. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. Craig
I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Barash speak at the HECA conference, in Portland this summer and was blown away by her expertise, humor and candor. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Shelly
A Must for English teachers, Counselors and Education Consultants. Even parents guiding students through college essays. However students rarely find useful.Published 22 months ago by S. K. Schladow
As a college admissions consultant in private practice, I guide students of all abilities toward finding “best fit” colleges which meet their needs academically, socially and... Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Sandra
I would give it six stars if I could! This book prompted me to write: IS WRITING A 21ST CENTURY REQUIREMENT? Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Lisa Niver