Workshops – Fall 2019

Workshops take place Sunday afternoons with two format choices. The first workshop is live at the Los Alamitos Community Center (1-2 p.m.) and the second workshop is online (4-5 p.m.)

How to Pick a Topic – August 25

This free workshop is for high school seniors and transfer students applying to the University of California this fall. The UC application includes a choice of eight Personal Insight Questions. Applicants must select four and write a 350-word response for each. In this workshop, students will preview the questions, develop connections to their own experiences, and discuss sample topic ideas.

UC Personal Insight Question– Series

The series will feature eight separate workshops, each on a specific PIQ topic. To participate, students must register and submit a rough draft in advance. The instructor will discuss the basic elements of personal narrative writing, using a small selection of submitted drafts as examples. Students will learn how to analyze the question, critique their own work, and use personal examples to further develop their story. The fee is $25 per student, per workshop.

• September 8 – Leadership
• September 15 – Creativity
• September 22 – Talent
• September 29 – Educational Barrier/Unique Opportunity
• October 6 – Significant Challenge
• October 13 – Favorite Academic Subject
• October 20 – Community Service
• October 27 – What Makes You a Strong UC Candidate

How to Register

For the Los Alamitos Community Center (10911 Oak Street), register through your local Parks & Recreation Department (Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Cypress, or Long Beach). Sorry, no walk-ins and no refunds for no-shows or same-day cancellations. For online, contact the instructor.