workshop teaches students skills necessary in a college-level writing
course: idea development, organization, revision and editing. Students
spend the first two sessions on the common application website,
registering & organizing their college applications and essays.
If their college selections aren’t included in the common
application choices, we collect applications and essay topics from
individual university websites. After students have organized their
application essays, we work on:
Selection of unique, meaningful and specific topics
• Preserving students’ individual writing styles &
• The writing process (outlining, drafting, revising &
• Prioritizing the writing process, teaching students to outline,
draft, revise, and edit.
the workshop, students do their own writing, focusing on the common
application essay first, then moving on to shorter, supplemental
essays (which colleges tend to require several of—along with
guided research on their academic and athletic resources).
session culminates in a completed portfolio of students’ essays,
presented to the family well in advance of their due dates.
Fall, spring and summer. Expect approximately two hours of homework