What goes in the essay?
I amy be overthinking things, but what belongs in the 7-800 word "description of your background and reasons for attending"? I guess I'm thrown by it being "used to introduce you to the workshop's instructors".
Is this strictly business (I've been writing ten years, here are my publishing credits, here's my training, here's my expectations of CW) or is it more of a development of my character (I'm married with one beautiful daughter, I like dachshunds, I am addicted to Buffalo wings, and I write some too)? I'd hate to be passed over for sending the wrong thing.
Like I said, I'm probably overthinking it. I've read too many books that stress the importance of the "cover letter" and now I'm paranoid. Any advice would be helpful, though alums who have clearly been through this (successfully) would be great. I'll just go back to chewing my nails and drinking coffee.