College Application Essay Secrets: Oct. 13, 2020


  • What admissions officers are looking for.
  • How to find your best topic.
  • How to bring out your unique writing voice.
  • Engaging ways to emphasize your strengths without bragging.
  • How parents can help.

A 13-page handout will include samples of winning essays.

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“This college application essay class helped me to come up with ideas for my essay and how to write my essay.”–G.S. April, 2020

With many colleges scrapping ACT/SAT testing requirements because of COVID-19, college essays may carry even more weight in the decision-making process.

Where: Your home. This is an online class, open to students and parents at home everywhere. Registrants receive a zoom link.

When: 6-7:30 PM Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Zoom room opens at 5:45 for Q and A.

Cost: $19 For students and/or parents

Register: Class organized through Saline Community Education.734-401-4020.



This class is a great way to get some small class teaching from Debbie. Her talk at the Ann Arbor Public Library on Oct. 7, 2019 was standing room only:

Ann Arbor Library Mallet’s Creek Branch Oct 7, 2019

This college application essay class helped me come up with ideas for my essay and how to write my essay.”–G.S. April, 2020

“I liked how the lecture was fun and interesting. You kept my interest the whole time! ” –N.B. July, 2019

“Now I’m not going to procrastinate. I learned it’s better to finish my essays ahead of time, to have more time to make edits and revisions.” — R.N. July, 2019

“I liked how we were given prompts that were relevant to some essay prompts, because it allowed me to realize what I could talk about in my essay. My advice to other students: Pick a topic that you are passionate about, not what you think will impress the admissions officers!”–H.H. June, 2019

“This class helped me learn more about structuring college essays. I liked how easy going it was, very supportive and helpful. –A.T. June, 2019

Debbie also works one-on-one with families. Read more here.

Need more assistance with writing your college application essay? Check out the free Essay Coaching quizzes here. Would you like to work one-on-one with a principled, honest, award-winning writer who helps businesses, authors and students tell their story in a compelling, meaningful way? Read how to get started here. Write Debbie Merion: