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Creative Writing Workshop - Online

Award winning playwright Jack Canfora will offer a six-week course on all aspects of creative writing, encompassing plays, screenplays, television scripts, poetry, and fiction. We will talk about and see examples of some classics in different genres and, more crucially, what makes them classics. We will approach writing as both a serious craft from which to learn and apply skills, as well as a way to express your unique voice and thoughts.

Writers of all levels of experience are welcome. Whether you’re looking to finely polish an already close to finished piece, or have never written creatively before but have always wanted to give it a try, there will be a home for you here.

Time: TBD
Dates: TBD
Instructor: Jack Canfora

AP Literature Boot Camp

A teacher of Advanced Placement Literature for over 15 years, instructor Jack Canfora will give a fast but thorough (and possibly even fun) tour through not only the AP Literature Exam, but how to read, analyze (and perhaps even enjoy) the kind of literature the test will have to offer. In a six -week course, Jack will help you overcome any fears of such potentially terrifying subjects such as poetry and Shakespeare. And for those of you who already have a love of literature, we will do a deep dive into the craft of “close reading” that is the backbone of the AP Lit Exam.

Time: TBD
Dates: TBD
Instructor: Jack Canfora

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French Subject Test Intensive

A condensed French review course to prepare students for the October SAT French Subject Test. Each class runs 75 mins, two times a week for 2 weeks. This will be a total of 5 hours of instruction.

Time: Tue & Thu 5pm – 6:30pm
Dates: Sept 22, 24, 29, Oct 1st
Instructor: Helen Cespedes

This class will include:

  • A full-length proctored diagnostic French Subject Test to assess each students level and needs
  • In-depth review of the rules of French grammar and usage
  • Curated resources to boost reading and listening comprehension and vocabulary
  • Written and oral assignments to increase confidence and fluency
  • 1 full-length practice test and subsequent review in class

Literature Subject Test Intensive

A condensed Literature review course to prepare students for the October 3rd Literature Subject Test. Each class runs 90 mins, two times a week for 2 weeks. This will be a total of 6 hours of instruction.

Time: Tue & Thu 7pm – 8:30pm
Dates: Sept 22, 24, 29, Oct 1st
Instructor: Helen Cespedes

This class will include:

  • High-level instruction on the format and content of the Literature subject test
  • A curated selection of texts that reflect the range of passages present on the subject test
  • Written and oral assignments to encourage analytical and critical engagement with texts
  • 1 full length practice test and subsequent review in class

How to Write & Read Anything

This class will be focused on learning how to read and write in a variety of different formats and contexts, specifically preparing the high school junior or senior for college. This curriculum will prepare a student for university expectations, including a strong grammar and citations overview, analytical writing (topic/evidence/analysis) and introspective personal essaying. Readings and discussions will include techniques for breaking down dense fiction and literature, analyzing long- and short-form journalism, annotating historical primary sources and selecting evidence to prove your argument. Class will be capped at 10 and include daily grammar quizzes and blog/journal assignments. Every student will receive personal feedback sessions with the instructor to discuss their progress as well as their goals as a writer and student.

Time: Tue & Thu 12:30pm – 2pm
Dates: TBD
Instructor: Liba Vaynberg

Materials: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Toni Morrison’s Nobel Speech

Intensive Biology Subject Test Course

This class will begin with biochemistry and cover a variety of topics on the SAT Biology Subject Test with a focus on Molecular. This is an intensive prep class that will require homework, two mock tests as well as daily quizzes. Class will be capped at 10 people with 90 minutes sessions with one 10 minute break. 

Time: TBD
Dates: TBD
Instructor: Liba Vaynberg
Materials: Princeton Review SAT II Biology E/M Book, The Official SAT Subject Test Study Guide in Biology

Ready to take the next step with Zoffness College Prep?

Ida Rothschild

Helen is an experienced private tutor who grew up in Boston in an academic household. After graduating from Barnard College magna cum laude with a BA in Comparative Literature, Helen went on to receive her MFA in acting from the Juilliard School. She is currently a teacher, working actor, and writer. For more than 6 years, Helen has enjoyed guiding her students from New York’s top high schools and middle schools to build the skills they need to achieve their goals in the classroom and on college readiness assessments. She teaches all sections of the SAT and ACT, as well as the SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT, AP French and several SAT subject tests. Helen curates her practice material and curricula to fit the needs of the individual student, and she helps her students cultivate critical thinking skills that will serve them beyond the exam and through their college careers.

Ida Rothschild

Jack Canfora, SAT & ACT English and Reading Specialist, is an award-winning playwright, writer and educator, whose background includes a Summa Cum Laude degree from Hofstra University. Jack has 18 years of experience teaching AP Literature to high school students in both urban and suburban environments. Having scored in the 99th percentile on the Verbal section of the SAT, Jack has been an SAT and ACT tutor for 28 years, achieving great results for all levels of students. He is a passionate believer in working together with students to discover the best ways they learn individually. Among his recent non-academic accomplishments are two successful Off
Broadway productions of his plays, the publication of his plays Jericho and Poetic License, and the 2016 Webby Award for Best Writing for his web series The Small Time. Most recently, his play Fellow Travelers opened at the Bay Street Theater in 2018 to rave reviews and is slated to go to Broadway in 2019.

Ida Rothschild

Liba Vaynberg was a premed at Yale where she received a degree in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and International Studies. She has taught science and writing privately and worked in labs at Yale and Harvard. She is also a produced playwright working on several commissions in NYC.

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