Summer Workshops

Don't let summer slide erode your child's writings skills! Take advantage of the time to prepare for greater success in high school and the SATs/ACTs.

High School Writing I

Participants will construct an essay in response to a text by developing an argument that utilizes an effective thesis statement. Students will practice brainstorming and organizing as well as explaining evidence to support their claims. The final product will be carefully revised and edited to increase awareness on this critical step in the writing process.

Dates: TBD

Limit four participants

High School Writing II

This workshop adds complexity to the writing process by integrating and analyzing material from multiple literary and/or nonfiction sources into a single essay. Participants will learn ways to correctly cite textual evidence in their writing according to MLA style guidelines. Ideal for students preparing for AP courses in English and/or History.

August 3-6 2:30-4:30

Limit four participants

Grammar and Vocabulary Builder

Designed to enhance fundamental literacy, this intensive workshop will focus on the critical grammar and vocabulary necessary to improve reading and writing skills. Students will review and practice common problem areas such as sentence boundaries, subject-verb agreement, pronoun use, as well as modifiers. Vocabulary will include word groups found in nonfiction and literature as well as those used in expository writing.

Dates: TBD

Limit five participants

SAT/ACT Grammar & Style

Both tests now include similar content in the Writing/English sections, so this workshop will review the overlapping areas including hard-to-spot errors in advanced punctuation and complex grammatical structures. Participants will also practice style analysis and essay organization questions. All examples presented in exam format.

Session One: 7/7 - 7/10 1:30-3:00
Session Two: 8/11 - 8/14 1:30-3:00

Limit five participants

College Essay Workshops

Years of experience have shown me that summer is really the most productive season for seniors to start their college essays. During this time, they have the headspace to reflect authentically and the patience to revise thoughtfully, resulting in well-wrought personal statements that are illuminating to their applications. Aside from this, fall semester can fill up quickly and having a significant share of the writing done ahead of time is rewarding.

Join me for one of my popular, intensive, four-day writing workshops! Up to five students will form a cohort to construct solid drafts, first gaining familiarity with the unique purpose of the college application essay by reviewing admissions advice and by discussing effective examples. Then, individually and in collaboration with me and their peers, participants will brainstorm original, personal material that they can begin to shape into a dynamic and relevant response. Dates are as follows:

Session One: June 16-19
10:00AM – 12:30PM

Session Two: July 7-10
10:00AM – 12:30PM

Session Three: August 11-14
10:00AM – 12:30PM

Price per session: $600
Early bird discount: $50 off before April 1

We will begin with the “core” statements that can be used for UCs and/or the common application before discussing any school-specific questions and other supplemental essays. Students should bring their list of prospective schools and a laptop. In addition, students are welcome to continue working with me individually as needed throughout the summer and into the fall. All sessions take place at my office in Kentfield. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


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