Charles Logan

  • Middlebury College (BA in English Literature and Teacher Education)
  • Brooklyn College (MFA in Fiction)

Favorite music to write to: Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music for Airports

A memorable personal essay shares a story no one else can tell quite the same way. When I’m reading a personal essay, I want to be immersed in the individual’s experience, to smell the same smells and hear the same sounds, and to understand how the experience affected the individual. I work with my students to develop and tune their voices so that they can tell their stories on the page. I listen, ask questions, and offer specific observations. My students write and revise, and when they’re finished, they’ve created essays that reveal their nuanced comprehension of where they’ve been, where they are now, and where they want to go in the future

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  • University of Texas at Austin (BA in English)
  • Texas State University (MFA in Fiction)

Favorite coffee shop for writing: Flightpath

Even though personal essays are meant for unknown admissions committee members, they require real vulnerability on the part of the writer. The process is harder than it looks, but well worth the effort. The Application Jumpstart workshop helps students shape their stories into vivid narratives that showcase the best of their characters.




Julia Ward

  • University of Texas at Austin (BA in Anthropolgy and Linguistics)

Julia is the Academic Support and College Counselor at Griffin. She  also coaches the vocal ensemble, teaches gardening, and leads art workshops.