- Paperback: 122 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1467926485
- ISBN-13: 978-1467926485
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pitch Perfect: How to Write a Successful College Admission Essay
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About the Author
Molly Moynahan has been writing and teaching for more than twenty years and is an authority on writing successful personal statements. She has taught thousands of high school and college students how to write well. As an English educator, Moynahan has worked at Rutgers, SMU, Loyola, and Columbia and at Evanston Township High School and New Trier High School. Moynahan is a published novelist, an award-winning playwright, a scriptwriter, a columnist and a blogger. Moynahan is the author of three novels: Parting is All We Know of Heaven, Living in Arcadia and Stone Garden. Stone Garden was a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association best teen read and a BOOKSENSE 76 choice. Moynahan has been a recipient of fellowships from the Djerassi Foundation, the Helena Wurlizer Foundation and has presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention. More information can be found on pitchperfectwriting.com and mollymoynahan.com.
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The book is a how-to guide with plenty of questions and open-ended spaces that are designed to get students looking inward at themselves before beginning the writing of their college essays. The book addresses all parts of the writing process, but for me, the emphasis on students knowing themselves was the strongest piece. Moynahan includes topics, suggestions, and a world of quotations from other writers to motivate kids to write. She offers insight about writing about memories, advice for non-standard prompts, and suggestions for remembering the audience.
What the book does not contain are actual student essays, and I think that's good. Too often, guides to essay-writing are simply collections of other people's essays. Here, Moynahan chooses to keep it simple instead, focusing on the teenaged writer.
For the student who really has trouble getting started, this activity book offers great tips. Moynahan's reputation as an effective writing coach is based on her success with these tips across the nation.
PERFECT PITCH is practical, concise, and fun. It covers everything from the incubation of a topic to the final proofreading and editing. It is certainly user-friendly for students and teachers.
I highly recommend this book for students, parents, and teachers!