Kim Lifton can get a story out of anyone. Perceptive, resourceful and curious, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the college admissions industry. She also works with Wowâs corporate and nonprofit clients. A former journalist, Kim speaks at schools and industry conferences throughout the U.S.; her articles on the college essay appear regularly in print and on the web. Kimâs work has been featured in a variety of newspapers, magazines and online publications. Susan Knoppow can turn the most daunting writing challenge into a series of simple steps. Focused, incisive and creative, Susan developed the Wow Method for teaching writing. A dynamic presenter, Susan also trains counselors, consultants and educators to guide their students through the essay-writing process. A former executive speechwriter and copywriter, she also works with Wowâs corporate and nonprofit clients, and speaks widely at schools and industry events. She is a published poet and essayist.
When there are kids out there reading How to Write a Winning College Application Essay and taking author Michael James Mason's College Essay Workshop, you can hardly afford to be left behind. Mason's method requires a lot of hard work, but, as he says in his introduction, "There is no shortcut to writing an essay you are proud to send to the colleges of your choice." Mason recommends putting aside two hours a night for two weeks straight to accomplish this onerous task, which in the long run isn't much of a hardship, considering the possible payoff. During those two weeks, you will come upon your best subject matter by exploring 26 different aspects of yourself. "You don't have to be a star scholar or a superhero to write a great application essay," Mason says. "You just have to show on paper that you know some things about yourself and that your life has meaning and perspective." Mason knows what admissions officers are looking for, and he knows what they dread (he happens to be married to one). This terrific book also includes insightful chapters on the SAT II: Writing Test, financial-aid essays, and graduate-school application essays. --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.