College Essay Workshop

For St. Luke's rising seniors: This popular week-long workshop focuses on college essays and overall writing skills, enabling students to:

  1. Create a stronger college essay by providing focused instruction, personalized feedback, and a generous head start on the essay writing process.
  2. Enhance mastery of written English, including use of narrative inquiry (stories, journals, interviews) to convey ideas and advance arguments.

St. Luke's College Essay Workshop is an enrichment program that will up your English game--and help you identify the appropriate use of slang. For five days we'll explore the essential elements of strong personal and analytical writing, combining meaningful self-reflection with story development and structure. There will be group work, one-to-one interactions, and the opportunity to work with each instructor.

By workshop's end, students will have their essays completed or well underway and the confidence that comes with higher-level writing skills. The work you do and knowledge you'll gain will benefit you as a senior, in college, and throughout life.

Sonia Bell
Alec Lebris
Hunter Martin
Stephen Vehslage

Session and additional instructor information below.

Session I - St. Luke's students only

June 13-17, 2022
9:00am - 3:00pm
Morning sessions will take place on campus, while in the afternoon students will have the option to work and conference in-person on campus or online via Zoom.

COST: $599
Lunch is included.

Please contact Hunter Martin with questions regarding the workshop.

St. Luke’s College Essay Workshop Faculty

Sonia Bell

Sonia Bell is Director of College Counseling and a member of the English faculty at St. Luke’s School. She holds a B.A. in English from Spelman College, an M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and completed the coursework and comprehensive exams toward a doctorate in linguistics at the University of Georgia. Ms. Bell has also served as Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Alec Lebris

Alec LeBris is a member of the science faculty at St. Luke’s School and also serves as the 11th Grade Dean. He currently teaches Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Honors Organic Chemistry, and acts as co-advisor to our STEM Scholars program.  Prior to working at St. Luke's, Mr. LeBris was a high yield bond analyst at Chase Securities in Manhattan.  He holds an A.B. in Biochemistry and Psychology from Bowdoin College and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Rhode Island where his research focused on physical organic chemistry.

Hunter Martin

Hunter Martin is a member of the faculty at St. Luke’s School, where he teaches Modern World History, Honors Modern World History, AP European History, and interdisciplinary senior electives. He leads St. Luke’s Summer Program and assists seniors with their college essays during the school year. Mr. Martin holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, where his scholarship focused on the intellectual traditions and cultural politics of Europe during the twentieth century.

Stephen Vehslage

Stephen Vehslage is Associate Director of College Counseling at St. Luke's School, where he also teaches A.P. US Government & Politics. Before arriving at St. Luke's, Mr. Vehslage was a long-time member of the faculty at New Canaan High School. He holds a B.A. in English from Princeton University and a law degree from New York University School of Law. In addition, Mr. Vehslage is a graduate of the Teacher Preparation Program at Yale University, where he completed a course of studies in secondary education.

St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.