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College Application Portfolio Workshop - Summer 2019

This is an exciting time. To minimize stress in the fall, participate in some consistent, thoughtful work on your
College Application Portfolio during the summer.
Here’s to a new adventure.

Each session is a week-long, 15-hour workshop with a maximum 5:1 student-teacher ratio.

Workshop 1: August 5-9 - CLOSED
Workshop 2: August 12-16

Workshop 3: August 12-16 from 1-4:00 - Just opened

Meeting Times
9a-12:00pm, Monday through Friday except workshop 3 which goes from 1p-4:00pm.

$600 includes 15 hours of small-group instruction, workshop binder, and healthy snacks.

$150 is due with your registration to reserve your space in one of the workshops. The remaining balance of $450 is due on or before the first day of the workshop session you attend.

To register online, complete this registration form, save it as a pdf, e-mail it to, and use the PayPal option below to pay the $150 deposit.

To register by post, complete this registration form, print it, and mail it with the $150 deposit payable to Granada Treehouse Studio at 1846 Granada Avenue, San Diego, California 92102.

Workshop payments

Workshop Details
Bring your laptop each day. We'll supply healthy snacks and a binder with workshop material on the portfolio elements. Each morning will include direct instruction, writing time, individual feedback, and revision time. Two of the mornings will also include group sharing and feedback. The workshop is aimed at the elements of the Common Application, but you may write to one or more of the UC prompts if you prefer. You'll need to spend two or more hours working at home each day of the workshop in order to make the most of the week.

Before the workshop begins, please create a Common Application account and a list of your top three to five schools.

Portfolio Elements
Writing the Reflective College Admissions Essay for the Common Application (with UC option)
Preparing the Activities Section for the Common Application
Creating Teacher Recommendation Request Folders
Articulating College Choice Rationales to Prepare for Supplements
Considering Financial Aid Resources with a Brief Introduction

Individual Sessions: If you are interested in individual writing sessions with Melissa contact her at

Individual Sessions

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