College Essay Writing Workshop at North Hunterdon High

The North Hunterdon Education Foundation (NHEF) is focused on providing career and college resources to NHHS students. To help our college bound seniors prepare their common application essays over the summer months, the NHEF is offering College Essay Workshops.

Full Session Workshops – $450

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There are two full-workshop sessions offered. Students will be required to work on their essays between classes.  There is a maximum of 16 students per full workshop session.   The seats will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Please visit the NHEF website at or click here for registration form.  Workshops will be held at North Hunterdon High School, classroom TBD.  Registrants will receive the exact classroom(s) in the confirmation email.

July Session:  Tuesdays/Thursdays, July 21st, 23rd,  28th, and 30th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm


August Session:  Tuesdays/Thursdays, August 11th, 13th, 18th, and 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Students enrolled in this workshop will:

  • Learn the essentials of how to write an effective common application essay or personal statement.
  • Draft their essays during the course of the two-week workshop.
  • Read sample essays, write about personal experiences to identify themes, brainstorm essay topics, and draft scenes.
  • Discuss writing techniques, and draft transitions and endings.
  • Leave the four-day workshop with a working draft of their essay.


Kickstarter Session – $100

This one-session workshop targets those rising seniors who just need a kickstart with their Common App Essay. The seats will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Workshop date: July 29th  – 6 to 8pm

Students enrolled in this workshop will:

  • Learn the basics of writing an effective Common App essay or personal statement.
  • Read sample essays, discuss features and plot, and learn the strategies needed to draft the essay.
  • Leave the single-day workshop with a roadmap they can use to tackle their college essay.

Instructor Bio – Ms. Lori Hofstetter

Ms. Hofstetter is an independent college advisor who works in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania metropolitan areas.  She has been advising students and their families for the past twelve years on the college search and application process, including career/major assessment, resume writing, and college interviews.  She works with students as a writing coach to brainstorm, help draft, hone, and polish the all-important college essay. She is an active member of the Higher Education Consultants Association.  Ms. Hofstetter attended Williams College and New York University and holds a master’s degree from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University.  She is a published writer and won the Thomas Wolfe Award for Poetry, as well as several awards for short fiction.