The best way to make the college admissions process stress-free is to start early.

When students attend my August workshop, they get 85% of their applications done before senior year even begins.



Please contact me to schedule one-on-one meetings.


Monday 8/6 to Friday 8/10

Due to high interest and my commitment to keeping the workshop small enough for me to give each student lots of one-on-one attention, I am planning on also running an ADDITIONAL afternoon session this year. Please indicate if your child would like the morning or afternoon session. Email me at or text 716-440-4074 to reserve a spot.  

Morning session: 9:30  to 12:30

Afternoon session: 1 to 4


I allow up to eight students per session, so if your child has a friend that she/he would like to being, please have the parent contact me ASAP.

Both sessions of the workshop will be held at Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway in Snyder.
What to bring:


  • A laptop or tablet (Don’t forget your power cords!)
  • A water bottle (I’ll provide water, drinks, and snacks.)
  • The completed information packet (I’d really like you to get this back to be BEFORE the workshop, but if you’re super busy, just bring it on the first day.)
  • Usernames and passwords to all your college-related accounts (College Board, ACT Student)
  • A list of your extracurricular activities or resume (This does not need to be super formal. A handwritten list will do.)
  • A gmail account. We will do all of our revisions on Google Docs, so if you don’t have a gmail account set up, make one before the workshop starts.  
  • The remainder of workshop fee (check or cash)



The cost of the 5-day, 15-hour workshop is $400.

The workshop sells out every year, so reserve a spot soon. 


At the workshop, we will complete the following:

– Write the main Common Application essay

– Identify school-specific supplemental essays and explore ways to overlap them

– Finish the Profile, Family, Education, and Testing sections of Common Application

– Write a resume/ activities list to be used for the Common App Activities section

– Create accounts and write essays for non-Common App schools

– Identify which teachers to ask for recommendations; learn how to generate recommendation requests on Common App and/or Naviance

– Send official score reports from College Board and ACT

– Explore outside scholarship sites; write any school-based merit aid scholarship essays

What sets me apart is that my workshop is writing intensive. I don’t just talk about what makes a good essay. I actually sit with my students and patiently work through outlines and revisions until they create essays that stand out. My students sometimes call me the “Essay Whisperer” because I’m able to help them discern what to write about…even when they’re convinced they have “no good stories to tell” or that their lives are “boring”.

Call or text 716-440-4074 for more information about how the workshop may fit your child’s needs. If the dates of the workshop do not work for your family, I can schedule individual or small group appointments. My late summer/early fall appointments fill quickly, so contact me to guarantee a spot on the calendar.