College Essays Workshops

Spearheaded by veteran tutor Rosalind Diaz, these workshops will help students develop and conquer one of the crucial parts of their college applications. Rosalind recently completed a Ph.D. in English at UC Berkeley, where she received two competitive awards for excellence and innovation in teaching. She also holds a B.A. in English from Yale University. 

SPECIAL: Students who sign up for both will receive $25 off!

Intro to College essays
Grade 11 | $25


This workshop provides high school juniors with the knowledge and skills they need to begin writing essays for college applications. Students will preview the questions from the Common Application as well as the Personal Insight Questions for colleges in the UC system. They will explore characteristics of strong and successful essays, and will build a personalized toolkit for brainstorming, self-reflecting, and prewriting. These crucial skills will help set students up for success when they begin the essay-writing process.

(Minimum enrollment of 5; maximum enrollment of 12)

Spots available!

Thursday, May 23 | 7:00 - 8:30pm



Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94702


Writing your college essays
grade 11 | $425


In this comprehensive workshop, students can expect to take one essay (e.g., the Common App or one of the UC Personal Insight Questions) through all the stages of writing — from brainstorming to final revisions, and make a personalized plan for completing remaining essays.

Each session, students will have short writing exercises, group discussions, and writing instructions. Topics will cover:

  • Intro to Writing

  • From Brainstorming to Drafting

  • Asking For and Using Feedback

  • How to Revise

  • Checklist/Rewrites

Total instruction time is 15 hours. Classes in Session A will include a 30-minute meal break so please have your student pack a lunch. Session B does not include a meal break.

(Minimum enrollment of 5; maximum enrollment of 12)

spots available!
(Choose from 2 sessions)

Session A: Three Saturdays
July 13, 20, and 27
10:00am - 3:30pm

Session B: Five Saturdays
September 7, 14, 21, 28, and October 12
10:00am - 1:00pm



Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94702