Juleah del Rosario

500 Words or Less


Nic Chen refuses to spend her senior year branded as the girl who cheated on her charismatic and lovable boyfriend. To redefine her reputation among her Ivy League–obsessed classmates, Nic begins writing their college admissions essays.

But the more essays Nic writes for other people, the less sure she becomes of herself, the kind of person she is, and whether her moral compass even points north anymore.

Provocative, brilliant, and achingly honest, 500 Words or Less explores the heartbreak and hope that marks the search for your truest self.

Juleah del Rosario

Juleah del Rosario currently lives a book- and mountain-filled existence as a librarian in Colorado. Her debut, 500 Words or Less, a YA novel written in verse about a high school senior who writes her Ivy-league obsessed classmates’ college admissions essays publishes with Simon Pulse September 25, 2018. Read more on her website: juleahdelrosario.com.


Friday, October 19

11:00-11:45am •  College Admissions Workshop

Location:  DSU Room 3003-04

Using examples of college admissions essays from del Rosario’s debut novel, 500 Words or Less, this workshop will explore crafting a personal essay that taps into experiences shape us.

5:00-5:45pm •  Panel Discussion – I Wrote That?!

Location:  Spencer’s Coffee (915 College St.)

It’s the old favorite (and most scary) question asked by author fans and friends alike: “Can I read some of your first tries at writing?” Gather ‘round as these authors—some well-established and some debut—share some of their not-so-great stuff from when they were just starting out.

Along with these authors:
Candace Ganger
Ashley Woodfolk
Brandy Colbert
Randy Ribay
Skila Brown
Moderated by Jodi Meadows