Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Practice Storytelling to Train for the Essay

So much has been written about the college essay -- avoid cliches, be authentic, be conversational, check for typos, make sure the Common Application doesn't swallow the closing sentence -- that the task may seem overwhelming. But this part of the application can sometimes be a tie-breaker. Why not make it wonderful? Even better, why not make it a great piece of storytelling?

Movie producer Peter Guber (The Kids Are All Right, Rain Man, Batman, Gorillas in the Mist) has written Tell to Win, about the power of purposeful stories. It occurs to me this is the heart of any personal essay, particularly one that must be utterly persuasive and memorable. Here's a brief interview with Guber.

Now let's all work on our own stories. Assignment due in a week.

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