College Application Workshops

Workshop are an inexpensive and effective format for students who primarily need guidance in writing essays and applications.

Workshops start with brainstorming sessions and directed writing exercises to explore the (new!) prompts on the University of California and Common Application. Tish provides tools and techniques to launch the essay portfolio, helping students develop and refine essay drafts during the workshop and in after-class assignments.

Designed for small groups (no more than ten students), and supplemented with one-on-one editorial feedback, workshops empower the student with insight and jumpstart the writing process with guided exercises. Students become more confident and focused as they develop and realize an action plan, with information and guidance.

Tangible results, in the form of polished essays, make completing the process of filing applications more manageable and less stressful. The student will take away effective tools to stay on course, and can rely on the established relationship with a professional editor for a quick review of subsequent iterations of essays.

Daily three-hour writing sessions, 9:30–12:30, are preceded by a one-on-one meeting with the counselor, and completed with five hours of editorial review of essays by email.

Workshops offered Summer and Fall

Fall dates to be announced.
Registration required: Call


  • In-depth discussion of prompts for the Coaition, Common, and UC applications 

  • Brainstorming topics for comprehensive self-portrait

  • Drafting, critiquing, and revising foundation essays

  • Strategies to modify essays for multiple applications

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