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 college entry.

Summer 2022 Update: All participants must be fully vaccinated prior to attending any in-person workshops at our offices in Kentfield. Workshops are limited to four participants.

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.

Session A: Mon. 7/11 - Thu. 7/14, 1:00-2:30
Session B: Tue. 8/9 - Fri. 8/12, 1:00-2:30


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.

Session A: Mon. 7/11 - Thu. 7/14, 3:00-4:30
Session B: Tue. 8/9 - Fri. 8/12, 3:00-4:30


Freshman Composition Crash Course

Designed specifically as a brush-up for students heading off to college in the fall, this intensive will focus on the essential techniques and skills of writing effective research papers at the college level, including:

  • MLA & APA citation format
  • Integrating sources & avoiding plagiarism
  • Organizing & planning longer research papers
  • Revision strategies

Participants may also book individual sessions with me to practice writing a research paper over the summer.

Session A: Tue. 8/16 - Fri. 8/19, 10:00-12:00
Session B: Tue. 8/23 - Fri. 8/26, 10:00-12:00


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.

Dates: TBD

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 four participants 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.

Session A: Mon. 6/13 - Thu. 6/16 10:00-12:00
Session B: Mon. 7/11 - Fri. 7/14, 10:00-12:00
Session C: Tue. 8/9 - Fri. 8/12, 10:00-12:00


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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