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They're back! Small-Group College Essay Workshops

UC and Common App Essays: write distinctive, personalized UC and Common App essays in our hands-on, two-day curricular program where you’ll learn successful writing techniques to make your essays stand out.  We’ll review successful UC and Common App essays, brainstorm topics, engage in hands-on writing activities, and receive personalized feedback in a supportive, small-group environment. Location: Lafayette Library, Study Rooms.  Enrollment is limited to 6.    For individual college counseling/essay guidance outside of class, a reduced rate is available for workshop students. Each separate workshop consists of two consecutive Sundays, 1-3pm (total of 4 hrs).  $350.  Workshops may be repeated for students who need to submit multiple essays.

  • Aug 11 & 18

  • Aug 25 & Sept 1

  • Sept 8 & 15

  • Sept 22 & 29

  • Oct 6 & 13

  • Oct 20 & 27

  • Nov 3 & 10

  • Nov 17 & 24

  • Dec 1 & 8  

Register online here. We also work individually with students for whom these dates won't work. More News: UC Ranked Among the Best Questions?  Email us at or call 650-766-0969. Liz La Porte is an experienced college counselor and credentialed high school English teacher. After graduating from Acalanes High School, she attended Swarthmore College and UC Berkeley, teaching high school English for over ten years. She founded La Porte Education Advising in 2012 to help families navigate the high school and college admission process. Her students have been accepted to Harvard, UCB, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Duke and more. Visit her website at

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