+1 416 474 9724Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM ET - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET

Suite 500 - 439 University Avenue Toronto ON M5G 1Y8



Saturday, July 20| 9 AM to 11 AM ET
Saturday, August 10| 9 AM to 11 AM ET
Saturday, August 17| 9 AM to 11 AM ET

University Applications Writing Workshop

The workshop features small group learning, one-on-one consultation, and targeted writing instruction to help students land placements in the schools of their dreams. The Workshop delivers university-level writing curriculum designed to help students master the art of writing university application statements. The Workshop prepares students for the rigours of university learning.

Students can expect:

  • Three two-hour virtual sessions scheduled across three weeks with targeted instruction in prose mechanics, messaging, and narrative construction
  • Two 30-minute consults about their application statement
  • Samples of admission statements that work and don’t work
  • An engaging, supportive learning environment that simulates a university-level writing workshop—offering high school students a taste of what they can expect from a top-tier university.


Pre-work (starting in July)
  • Students will meet with Teo Salgado and Mariel Sporn Tavakoli for a one-hour brainstorming session, and independently complete a draft essay
  • Students will submit graded writing samples from an English class for diagnostics
Week 1: Writing “Good” and Writing Well (Saturday, July 20)
  • What’s Good Writing? Four Principles of Clear Communications
  • The Key to Getting In: Admission Statement, the Stories They Tell, and How They Work
  • Revision 2
Week 2: Telling a Story that Sells (Saturday, August 10)
  • Sharpening the Edge: How to Craft Pointed Sentences
  • Best Face Forward: Developing a Personal Narrative that Sells
  • Successful Statements—Samples and Explanations
  • Meetings with individual students begin
  • Revision 3
Week 3: Streamlining a Personal Statement (Saturday, August 17)
  • Logical Thoughts: Structuring Your Personal Statement
  • Parallelism: The Writer’s Secret Weapon
  • Common Questions Applications Ask
  • Turn-it-in as a Friend and a Threat: Plagiarism and Integrity
  • Meetings with individual students continue
Week 4: Off-line Follow-Ups Interviews
  • Individual student follow-ups with Robert and Mariel
  • A write-up of the student’s performance with pointed editorial advice
  • Learn more about LinkedIn profiles, cover letter writing, and resume services

Dr. Robert Price teaches writing and communications at the University of Toronto. With a long career as a teacher, and a longer career as a writer, he brings seasoned advice to writers at all levels. Learn more about him at robertgrantprice.com.

Teo Salgado
+1 416 474 9724


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