Writing Successful Admission Essays for the University of California

The Santa Barbara Public Library System’s Central Library will host a two part workshop, Creating Authentic and Successful UC Personal Statements, for high school students applying to colleges this upcoming fall. This 90 minute workshop will be held on Saturdays, May 2 and 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu St.

Creative writing instructor, Paul Zakrzewski, will lead the workshop, offering participants with a fresh, imaginative approach, aimed at helping students get started on the UC Application Personal Statement. Creating a rigorous yet very supportive environment, the instructor will help students gain valuable insights into their own experiences, and coach them to write about these in highly authentic, impactful ways. Each 90-minute session will feature a variety of activities including discussion of the personal statement, brainstorming topics and approaches, learning about and practicing “zero” drafts, and refining work with an admission officer’s eye.

The goal of this workshop is to help students leave with drafts of both UC prompts, and to gain a good deal of important and positive feedback during the process. In return, students must commit to attending BOTH sessions over the consecutive Saturdays. Also, to gain the most out of this experience, students should be prepared to work on drafts in between sessions.

Space is limited and preregistration is required for this free workshop. Interested students may preregister by emailing or calling (805) 564-5646.

Information about Santa Barbara Public Library System locations, hours, events and programs is available at All Library programs are free and open to the public.


Jayne Lee Youth and Teens Outreach Coordinator Santa Barbara Public Library 805-564-5646

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