Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Conveying voice, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- You can hear her from across the room.…Your German-born, Brooklyn-bred…grandmother's voice is as distinctive as she is.…The way she laughs, the little Yiddish phrases…she incorporates into her jokes, the subtle way…she weaves a hint of criticism into everything,…even what she intends to be a compliment.…But when you try to describe her…voice, or define it, you struggle.…It's just her voice, you say. It's who she is.…It's the same thing with voice in writing.…Voice is one of the most difficult…concepts to explain, let alone teach.…
It's a slippery term that encompasses…a broad range of stylistic choices,…including diction, sentence structure, tone,…as well as more subtle concepts, like humor and sarcasm.…Because voice is so personal,…teaching it is extremely difficult.…I struggle to teach my AP students this every year,…so I know that it is equally frustrating for…students who are trying to learn it.…It's kind of like trying to teach someone…how to develop a personal fashion sense.…
I can't teach you how to choose the kind of…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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