School ended this week, but now rising seniors must turn toward the arduous task of writing college essays needed for the fall. To ease that stress (and make summer break happy again), Wilton Library is offering a free College Essay Workshop on Tuesday, June 22, from 6-7 p.m., led by Carolyn Field, college essay consultant, freelance writer, marketing consultant, and former editor of Wilton Magazine.

Field has worked with many area students over the years, helping them craft effective essays for hundreds of colleges ranging from University of Pennsylvania, Middleburg College, Dartmouth, University of Richmond, Colorado College, Brown, NYU, and Cornell to UConn.

In the workshop, Field will review the Common Application essay prompts and provide guidance on how to approach each essay prompt, and how to brainstorm for a topic that will allow a student to present himself/herself in a positive and compelling way and in his/her own voice. She will also review pitfalls to avoid and share examples of effective essays written by former high school seniors.

“The personal essay–the common application essay and any supplemental essays–are often students’ only chance to speak directly to the admissions staff and share something meaningful about themselves in their own words,” Fields explains.

The college essay workshop is free, but space is limited so reservations are recommended. Although the workshop is intended for rising high school seniors, parents are also welcome to attend. For more information or to reserve a space, please call the Wilton Library at 203.762.6342.