How can I write a good statement of purpose?
December 27, 2013 5:12 AM Subscribe
I'm applying to a competitive writing workshop and as part of the application I need to compose a cover letter / statement of purpose. What should I include?
posted by deathpanels to Society & Culture (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The workshop is focused on genre-writing with a literary bent. I don't have much formal academic background in creative writing, so I probably can't play up that angle. I have been writing for five years and I have one recent semi-professional publication under my belt, but it won't be published by the time the application is due. (Actually, the piece that will be published was part of my manuscript the last time I applied to this same workshop.)
I know these things are weighted heavily toward the manuscript, but I'd like to have a solid, professional-looking purpose statement to present myself in the best possible light. I've written similar purpose statements in the past but I've never been happy with them. I know how to write a cover letter for a job application, but I have a hard time capturing in prose why I am qualified to attend a given workshop. What do those who make decisions about workshop attendees look for? Is the cover letter a place to be creative or should I just stick to the facts?
Thanks in advance for your help!