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College Essay Workshop

Basking Ridge
Rising Grade 12
Dates in Aug
Signature Program
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Course Description

The Summer College Essay Workshop is the perfect opportunity to help your student to arrive at senior year ready for the college application season! The workshop will take your student from brainstorming topics, to developing drafts to a polished draft of the Common App Personal Statement during our week-long, intensive workshop. What makes our workshop so special? Well, unlike other similarly priced college essay services, our intensive includes three expert essay tutors who will help your student hone and craft their unique and memorable essay. Each workshop will be capped to only ten students to ensure quality writing/editing time and access to the tutors. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Meet the tutors:

Dr. Barrett Ward is a seasoned English teacher who has helped hundreds of students with their college and graduate school application essays. A former English Instructor at both West Point and The United States Air Force Academy, Barrett has served on the Pingry English Faculty for the last four years where he has honed his college essay workshop skills with his students. He earned his B.A. From Texas Christian University and his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his teaching career, Barrett served as an active duty army officer from 2004-2017.

Alisha Davlin: As a former outside undergraduate admissions reader for NYU, Alisha is well-versed in what makes a memorable college essay. She holds an M.Ed. from Columbia University & an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. She has worked with scores of students on crafting a killer college essay. Please check out her HuffPost piece on constructing the personal statement. She has taught English and Creative Writing at The Pingry School for 13 years. Before teaching at Pingry, she was a Creative Writing instructor at New York University and taught College Writing at Lafayette College.

Lisa Longo Johnston has taught college and graduate-level writing for the past twenty years. For the past four years, she has been a member of the English faculty at The Pingry School, where she is also co-coordinator of the Senior Independent Project (ISP) program, Humanities Independent Research Teams (HIRT), and The Parker Road Review (Pingry’s peer-reviewed humanities journal). A former assistant dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, Lisa has extensive experience in higher education in addition to her teaching and administrative roles at NJAIS schools. She was recently named a summer institute fellow at Drew University’s division of the National Writing Project.


Weeks Times
August 5 – 9 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
August 12 – 16 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

What to Expect

Enrichment. Advancement. Development. A Summertime Taste of Pingry’s Academics.

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