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May. 23rd, 2006 @ 11:18 am (no subject)
Hi folks,

As you probably know by now (at least if you're on my f-list at my normal journal, edgeofthewild), I'm applying to the Editing Certificate program at the University of Washington.

One of the things we have to include is a 250-word (max) letter of application describing a) our relevant work and volunteer experience, and/or transferable skills and knowledge of the field, and b) how I expect the program will help me meet my professional goals.

I've got it pretty much "completed," but I wondered if anyone'd be willing to beta it for me. =) I'm really stuck on what to say in the last paragraph in particular; I always get stuck there. I'm also not sure if I should include any of the contact junk or not. =) Hence the post.

So if you are willing, would you mind taking a look at it and letting me know your onion? =) Thanks!!

<contact info omitted, but imagine my name, address, phone, & email are here and centered.>

May 23, 2006

Certificate Program Applications
UW Extension Registration Services
PO Box 45010
Seattle, WA 98145-0010

Dear :

As a lifelong reader with a background and interest in editing and writing, I am eager to apply for and participate in the Editing Certificate Program at the University of Washington. The courses seem intriguing and challenging, and I firmly believe that they would prove invaluable as I look to enter the publishing field as a copyeditor.

My appetite for writing was truly whetted in high school as I was a reporter, story editor, and eventually Editor-in-Chief, for the school paper. Further writing experience came, inevitably, in college, as I attained a European Studies degree and history minor, and took classes in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. Volunteer activities frequently found me helping foreign exchange students with their verbal English skills. I also edited friends’ papers throughout college, and do similar projects at work through peer reviewing license agreements and estimates for clients.

Though I graduated from college with a funny degree that could lead in many different directions, my hope is that this program will give me further experience and education as I pursue editing. Writing and editing have been two of my passions since I was a child, and I rue the day I look back and say, “I wish I’d pursued that dream when I was young.”

I look forward to using my skills and talents in this new chapter of my life. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at medavenport@gmail.com or {enter cell phone # here}. Thank you.

Sincerely,


Meagan Davenport

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From:aeb
Date:May 24th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
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I think the easiest way is to quote. I've tried to make my suggestions bold. Hopefully that will make them easier to spot.

As a lifelong reader with a background and interest in editing and writing, I am eager to apply for and participate in the Editing Certificate Program at the University of Washington. The courses seem intriguing and challenging., and I firmly believe that they would prove invaluable as I look to enter the publishing field as a copyeditor.

My appetite for writing was truly whetted in high school, when as I was a reporter, story editor, and eventually Editor-in-Chief, for the school paper. Further writing experience came, inevitably, in college, as I attained a European Studies degree and history
minor, and took classes in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. Volunteer activities frequently found me helping foreign exchange students with their verbal English skills. I also edited friends' papers throughout college, and do similar projects at work through peer reviewing license agreements and estimates for clients.

Though I graduated from college with an unusual funny degree that could lead in many different directions, my hope is that this program will give me further experience and education as I pursue editing. Writing and editing have been two of my passions since I was a child, and I rue the day I look back and say, "I wish I'd pursued that dream when I was young."

I look forward to using my skills and talents in this new chapter of my life. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at medavenport@gmail.com or 206.778.6206. Thank you.


{considering look} I think that third paragraph needs more work to make it clearer. I'm not completely sure what you're getting at in parts. {smile}

Otherwise, it looks good. {Smile, cross fingers this formats right, BIG GRIN}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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Date:May 24th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Thank you thank you thank you! I made all the corrections you suggested and then decided I should maybe just delete the third paragraph, because I'm not really sure where I was going with that either! {laugh}

Do you think I need to add anything to more fully answer the two "questions"? {smile}

Thanks again, Anne!
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From:aeb
Date:May 24th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Good question. Thanks for reminding me. {GRIN, go back to re-read}

I think you've addressed the first question pretty well. I'm curious about those volunteer activities you mentioned, but I'm not sure you need to explain them more fully in this letter. {Smile}

However, I think that you need to answer the second question better. You don't really address "how I expect the program will help me meet my professional goals" here, especially now that you've taken the third paragraph out. {Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin