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Less Stress College Essays!

with author and educator

Sarah Lyman Kravits


Sarah Lyman KravitsKeys To Success

Saturday & Sunday

October 7-8, 2017

2:30-4:30 PM



426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ

Writing a college essay can be a highly stressful part of the application process, especially for students who don't consider themselves "good writers." While a little stress can motivate and energize, too much can turn this necessary task into paralyzing agony.


This workshop, consisting of two sessions held one day apart, will guide students toward a draft of their college essays while introducing stress reduction techniques that will ease them through the college application process. During the Saturday afternoon session, students will brainstorm for an engaging topic that fits one of the 2017 prompts, then begin to develop an essay that fulfills Common App requirements. Writing is rewriting, so students will be asked to use the time between the two sessions to develop their essays and arrive at a full working draft. During the Sunday afternoon session, students will receive feedback from Ms. Kravits as well as from peer review, and will further refine their drafts. 


Parents, please join us for the first 10 minutes of Part One of this workshop. A brief introduction to the workshop philosophy and strategies will give you tools to effectively guide your student in the process of finalizing the essay as the deadline nears. 


Sarah Lyman Kravits brings more than two decades of experience writing about and coaching high school and college students on success strategies. She is a co-author of the Keys to Success series of textbooks published by Pearson Education and used at colleges around the nation. As an expert in student success, critical thinking, and study skills, Sarah teaches the New Student Seminar at Montclair State University, and has given workshops on student success topics to both students and faculty at a variety of schools and conferences. For over 20 years, Sarah has read applications and interviewed candidates as a member of the Northern New Jersey regional selection committee for the Jefferson Scholarship Foundation at the University of Virginia.

On her website www.lifewithoutjudgment.com,she blogs regularly about coping with loss, cancer, and crisis. Her essays have been published on the Huffington Post and at ModernLoss.com and OpentoHope.com


Fee: $160 ($180 at the door)

Each workshop limited to 10 participants


Saturday & Sunday
October 7-8, 2017
2:30-4:30 PM


(Ask about our Teen Writers Circle student discount!)



Ready, Set, Submit!

Move your writing out into the world with a sensible submission strategy

Sunday, October 8, 2017
2:00-4:00 PM


Lisa Romeo

at MONDO-Summit

426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ


Is your writing living alone in your computer or notebook? Is it time to send it into the world? If you’re unsure how to navigate the often confusing process of publication, this workshop is the kick start you need.


You will learn all about submitting your short stories, essays, creative nonfiction, poems, and articles to print and online publications, websites, literary journals, and contests. We'll cover research and targeting the best venues for your writing; contacting and following up with editors; ins and outs of simultaneous submissions; and evaluating contests.


We'll also cover the basics of book publishing—from how to research agents (and publishers who will take un-agented work) to what goes into query letters, synopses, and proposals.


Armed with plenty of examples, a boatload of resources, and your own target list for one or more of your pieces, you'll leave the workshop with the confidence to step into the submission game.


Lisa Romeo teaches in the Bay Path University online MFA program, at Montclair State University, and privately online. She works as an independent manuscript editor, freelance writer and editor, and writing coach. Her nonfiction essays, narratives, and articles have appeared in mainstream media (including The New York Times, O-The Oprah Magazine, Inside Jersey, Babble, Your Tango); print and online literary venues (including Under the Sun, Sweet!, Barnstorm, Sport Literate, Gravel, The Healing Muse, Under the Gum Tree, and many others); in anthologies (Women Writing on Family); and several essay collections (including Feed Me! Writers Dish on Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Image). Lisa holds a B.S. in journalism and an MFA in creative writing. Her work has been recognized with several awards and she has received grants and scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.  Lisa's memoir of linked essays has been a finalist in several contests; an excerpt was nominated for Best American Essays 2014.


Advance registration is strongly recommended.


Fee: $75




Join us for a weekend close to home but a world away...

The Writers Circle's

Autumn Writers Retreat

Friday-Sunday, November 10-12, 2017


Mendham Retreat House

at St. Marguerite's Retreat House

82 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ

Join a congenial group of writers amidst acres of wooded scenery.


Enjoy healthy meals, snacks and, most important,
plenty of quiet time to spend
with your thoughts, memories and characters.


Spark your creativity with small breakout sessions

and share your writing with your peers.


Each writer will have a small, private room, sharing communal bathrooms.

Linen and bedding is supplied.


NEW for 2017:

Breakout Sessions - Craft and Critique led by TWC directors Judith and Michelle

Yoga and Meditation led by Laura Romain

Add-on Private Editorial Meetings - 6 slots only!

($75 additional)


Only 23 spots are available.

Advance registration is strongly recommended.


Fee: $395 - Retreat Only
$470 - Retreat plus Editorial Meeting


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Less Stress College Essays

Saturday & Sunday, October 7-8
at MONDO-Summit


Ready, Set, Submit!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

2:00-4:00 PM
at MONDO-Summit


Autumn Writers Retreat

Friday-Sunday, November 10-12

at St. Marguerite's Retreat House
Mendham, NJ


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