THE City Smarts ADmissions Essay workshop

This summer, City Smarts will once again be offering a 7th grade essay workshop for students who will be applying to Bard, Beacon, and/or private high schools. Students will have the opportunity to write in an environment that balances collaborative idea-sharing with focused independent work. Students will leave our writers workshop with the rhetorical tools to tackle even the most challenging high school caliber essays. 

Session 1

Dates: August 19 and 26

Time: 3:30-5pm

Price: $250

Location: 337 Smith St., Carroll Gardens

Instructor: City Smarts founder Mark Losinger 


Session 2

Dates: Sept 9 and 16

Time: 3:30-5pm

Price: $250

Location: 337 Smith St., Carroll Gardens

Instructors: City Smarts founder Mark Losinger

90 Minutes of Instruction

We believe that 90 minutes is the ideal amount of effective instructional time for 7th grade learners: just the right length to keep your child engaged but not exhausted.

Clinic capped at 6 students

In order to maintain individual instruction time and encourage peer-learning, we have capped this writing workshop at 6 students. 


flexible approach

We’re discussing personal narratives, not traditional 5-paragraph essays. Students will receive encouragement to write about themselves and will benefit from having partners in the process, classmates who are confronting this process too.


Students will have the opportunity to work from previous official essay prompts and Bard Writing Assessments to help them hone their drafting process.