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Jumpstart Your Admissions Essay!

A FREE Information Session for Students & Parents
Thursday, June 16th, 2016
4 PM - 5:30 PM

Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara
524 Chapala Street, SB 93101
Everyone is welcome!

Overwhelmed by college admissions essays? Not sure where to start? Is the stress of your child’s college applications getting in the way of clear thinking? Join coach Paul Zakrzewski at this highly-informative session for both parents and students.

Our goal together will be to empower students with new approaches for completing highly-distinctive admissions essays, and to give parents the tools they need to support their children through the process.

Please, bring a pen and paper! Session will include plenty of time for questions and answers. 


RSVPs strongly encouraged. Sign up below.

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Free workshop at the Santa Barbara Public library,

Free workshop at the Santa Barbara Public library,


Previous Events

Jumpstart Your Admissions Essay!
A FREE Information Session for Students & Parents

  • Wednesday, October 7, 6 PM, Carpinteria Library, 5141 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria , CA, 93013
  • Tuesday, October 13, 6 PM, Eastside Branch Library, 1102 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Saturday, October 17, 10:30 AM, Solvang Public Library, 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463.
  • Wednesday, October 21, 4 PM, Eastside Library, 1102 E. Montecito St., Santa Barbara, CA, 93013

Join Paul Zakrzewski, founder of Stories For My Future, for this 75-minute workshop intended to help high school students with a fresh, imaginative approach to the college application essay.  

Students will be guided through a series of writing exercises and discussion that will help you to craft compelling—and captivating—essays.  We will pay special attention to the UC Application and “Common App” essay prompts.

Jumpstart Your Admissions Essay!
Sunday, August 9, 2015
An Info Session for Parents and Students
@ Congregation B'nai B'rith
1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara
3 PM - 4:30 PM
Free & Open to All!

My College Story: UC Personal Statement Workshop
2 Saturdays, May 2 & 9, 2015
10:30-12 Noon
@ Santa Barbara Public Library - Central Branch
Limited Availability – 12 spots only!

Join creative writing instructor Paul Zakrzewski for a fresh, imaginative approach to one of the most important yet misunderstood components of the UC application – the Personal Statements. This rigorous but very supportive two-part workshop will focus on getting you past any perceived writing blocks, and you will leave with drafts for both statements.  Each 90-minute session will feature a variety of activities including learning the purpose of the personal statement, generation and selecting the best topics for you, writing drafts, and reading your work with an admission officer’s eye.

IMPORTANT: Space is very limited and early RSVPs are crucial. You will get a great deal of important and positive, supportive feedback from both the instructor and your peers. In return, please keep in mind that you are committing to two sessions over two consecutive Saturdays, and that you should also expect to work on drafts in between sessions to get the most out of this workshop. Bring paper, pen, questions, and an open mind!

Writing the Authentic College Admissions Essays
Tues., October 7, 2014
A Free Teen Writing Workshop
Santa Barbara Public Library - Central Branch
5 PM - 6:30 PM

Read more about it online or download the press release.