College Writing Summer Workshop

College Writing Summer Workshop

An intensive college writing and research course designed specifically to prepare high school students for the demanding writing standards they will encounter in American colleges

College Writing Summer Workshop

Following the pandemic, there are many students who have just finished high school who are in need of a little polishing up of skills or who may have gotten rusty in the remote circumstances. Allow us to offer the solution: an intensive college writing and research course designed specifically to prepare high school students for the demanding writing standards they will encounter in American colleges that can be disorienting for many students. The courses are taught by experienced college instructors, well attuned to the skill requirements at the next level, experienced in teaching the necessary skills.

The instructors will focus on thesis development, outlining & structuring, research, writing, and editing skills. The course will be in a small group of between 2 and 4 students in order to workshop and peer review lessons with the instructor, with an hour or two of homework provided outside of the online sessions for extended courses.



  • Session 1: June 14th-18th: 10-12PM EST
  • Session 2: July 19th-23rd: 10-12PM EST
  • Session 3: August 16th-20th: 10-12PM EST



Session 1:

  • Mon, June 21st 10-12PM, Wed, June 23rd 10-12PM EST, Fri, June 25th 10-12PM EST
  • Mon, June 28tht 10-12PM EST, Wed, June 30th 10-12PM EST, Fri, July 2nd 10-12PM EST
  • Mon, July 5th 10-12PM EST, Wed, June 7th 10-12PM EST, Fri, July 9th 10-12PM EST

Session 2:

  • Mon, July 26th 10-12PM EST, Wed, June 28th 10-12PM EST, Fri, July 20th 10-12PM EST
  • Mon, August 2nd 10-12PM EST, Wed, Aug 4th 10-12PM EST, Fri, Aug 6th 10-12PM EST
  • Mon, August 9th 10-12PM EST, Wed, August 11th 10-12PM EST, Fri, August 13th 10-12PM EST




  • June 15th 10-12PM, June 17th 10-12PM
  • July 20th 10-12PM, July 22nd10-12PM
  • August 17th10-12PM, and August 19th 10-12PM

Please Contact Us for Availability

Spots fill up quickly, please provide two dates that work well for you.

Our Writing Tutors

Alexander Merrill
Founder / Instructor
Alexander has taught English, coached, and dorm-parented for nearly 20 years at Dartmouth College, The King School, Kingswood-Oxford, Philips Andover and The Taft School. His experience in the Dartmouth writing program, the gold standard for writing instruction in the country, began his long career in writing instruction.  He has tutored hundreds of adolescent teens and young adults from middle school through college level on all spectrums, behaviorally and academically. He attended Philips Exeter Academy and received an undergrad degree from Kenyon College and a Masters Degree from Dartmouth College.  He lives in Middlebury, CT with his three rugrats and wife, Alexa.

Favorite Quote: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

-WB Yeats




Geoffrey Wildanger
Writing Instructor
Geoffrey has taught courses in German language and literature, comparative literature, English literature and composition, world literature, journalism, history, philosophy, and art history at Brown University, the Université de Lyon II, and the University of California, Davis. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Brown and a Masters in Art History from UC Davis. He has been awarded the Fulbright, two DAAD grants (German Academic Exchange Service), and was a Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, NY.

Favorite Quote: “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” -Mark Twain

    Stephen Szczepanek
    Writing Instructor

    Stephen attended the University of Oxford, where he received his B.A. in Philosophy & French, followed by his MSt in Ancient Philosophy. For the past five years, Stephen has taught and mentored students from middle school through college in positions all over the world, from the UK to South Korea. He focuses on language and humanities instruction, coupled with intensive writing skills. His language studies saw him teach English for a year in southern France, as well as holding a technical translation position in Spanish in Barcelona. He has received formal training in mental health support, and has substantial experience working with students with anxiety and depression. Stephen is a warm and dynamic individual, who focuses on creating an open and engaging learning environment, where his students develop a genuine passion for their subject and the independent learning skills to flourish in their lives beyond. He is currently based in the UK, where he enjoys reading, taking long walks, and playing the guitar and piano.


    Favorite Quote: “True education is a kind of never-ending story — a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness.”  – J.R.R. Tolkien.