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Free Webinar: Launching the Uncommon College-App Essay

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 | 7:00–8:30 p.m.
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Hosted by Summit Educational Group

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Past Events

Free Seminar: Launching the Uncommon College-App Essay

Thursday, September 14th, 2023 | 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Weston Public Library
87 School Street, Weston, MA, 02493

In-Person and via Zoom
Thursday, June 8, 2023 | 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Wellesley Free Library
530 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 | 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Summit Educational Group


Free Creative Writing Seminar: Finding and Telling Your Story

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023 | 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Cary Memorial Library – Large Meeting Room
1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420

We all have personally significant stories to tell, but how do we best begin to write them? How can we invite readers into an experience we’ve had — or an experience we’ve imagined for a fictional character — with narrative momentum? And how do we discover more about our stories, beyond simply what happened? This workshop, offered by the founder of Hillside, Allan Reeder, explores all of these questions with an imaginative process that starts with single sentences. The stories and the meaning they hold grow from there.

The workshop is for adults and teens who are interested in learning creative writing skills. The instruction and exploration is helpful for teens who are in the process of developing their college-application essays.

This program is made possible by the generous donors to the Cary Library Foundation.


Supporting the College-App Writer: A Free Workshop for Parents

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
7:00–8:00 p.m.
Lexington Community Center – Room #242
39 Marrett Rd. Lexington, MA

Hillside Founder Allan Reeder will share his advice on how to support students through the most personal part of the college-application project: the essays. With stories from his own work with students, he’ll shed light on what the essay project is, what to expect, and how it becomes meaningful for students and readers. It’s common for parents and applicants to view the essays as a challenge to be gotten through, but in our view, they’re a valuable opportunity for writers to slow down, look more closely, hear their voices, and develop trust in the writing process and in themselves. You’ll spend some workshop time cultivating empathy for the college-app essay writer in your life by getting curious about your own experiences. Bring your questions.