In 7 guided lessons and Q&A sessions, we'll brainstorm essay topics, analyze example essays that work, and outline, draft, and revise an impressive essay that tells your unique story.




Our goal: Brainstorm, outline, and write an awesome draft of your main personal statement in one week.


Early REgistration

Early-bird pricing available until July 1st! Can't afford it? Limited Pay-What-You-Can spots available for counselors and students from low-income backgrounds.




Take the class. Read the guide. Do the exercises.  If you're not completely satisfied, I'll send you a full refund. 




The most effective brainstorming activities I've ever used and tons of sample essays to get you inspired.


College Essay Guy's One-Week
Personal Statement Boot Camp

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Day 1  How to Find Your Essay Topic
Day 2 How to Write Each of the Four Essay Types
Day 3 How to Revise Your Essay in Five Steps and
The Great College Essay Test
Day 4  Virtual Study Hall w/Ethan and Bringing the Essay to Life with Details & Color
Day 5  Feedback on Your Essays from Ethan
Day 6  Celebrating Your Work Live & Next Steps
Day 7 Advanced Screenwriting Secrets and
The Three Best Essays I’ve Ever Read

"I think this course really changed my life."

-Angela G, Student  

Choose one:

 July 17-23, 2017



7 LIVE sessions

Over 7 days in a virtual online classroom
July 17th | 4 - 5:30pm PST
July 18th | 4 - 5:30pm PST
July 19th | 4 - 5:30pm PST
July 20th | 10am-12pm, 4 - 5:30pm PST
July 21st | 4 - 5:30pm PST
July 22nd | 4 - 5:30pm PST
July 23rd | 4 - 5:30pm PST

Video + MP3 Recordings

Daily video & audio recordings for those who can’t attend every session

32-page Workbook

A downloadable PDF Including all the exercises and instructions you need to write a great draft

Live feedback

Each session is followed by a live Q&A with me (Ethan), where you can ask questions specific to your essay


Free copy of my #1 Amazon Bestseller: College Essay Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay

100% money-back guarantee

If you're not satisfied, I'll send you a full refund  up to 30 days after your purchase





7 video lessons

Lessons + Q&A sessions guided by Ethan Sawyer, featuring real students, example essays, and step-by-step guidance through the writing process

MP3 versions of ALL videoS

Audio versions of each lesson and Q&A session, so you can listen on-the-go


A downloadable PDF Including all the exercises and instructions you need to write a great draft


What should I write about? How do I structure my essay? Is anything off-limits? How do I make my essay, like, deep?

work at your own pace

Unlimited access to all videos and resources so you can start, pause and write whenever is convenient for you


If you're not satisfied, I'll send you a full refund  up to 30 days after your purchase.



Can't make some of the sessions? Sign up anyway. You'll get a VIDEO recording the day after each session.

For the first time in my eight years of college counseling, I am beginning to get a handle on how to assist my students with the essay writing process. I am extremely grateful to be given tools that I can both relate to and apply with my students. I will listen to Ethan present every time I am given the opportunity — he is that good!!!
— Valerie J, Private School Counselor
Your mission to provide equitable access to the best courses on essays is what got me to where I am today, from the pay what you can system to my frequent talks with my Matchlighters counselor. You gave me the tools I needed to change my life. For that, my family, friends, and myself thank you for the bottom of our hearts.
— Ali, Harvard University, Class of 2021
You’re an amazing teacher, and I can feel the passion you have for us. I really appreciate all the work you’ve done for us. Thanks to you, I’ve been able to say what I’ve wanted to say about my life and show how it has impacted me. That’s something that I’ve struggled to do in the past. So from the bottom of my heart, I just want to say thank you!
— Jordan H, Student


This course has truly changed my life. I now feel that I am prepared to tackle my Questbridge essays, supplemental essays, and any other college essays to ensure that I've tried my best and hardest for my future. After all that this course has provided me with, saying thank you feels inadequate, but still – thank you so much, Ethan. You have truly changed my life and my perspective on writing a personal statement.

-Amenna R, Student


Who is College Essay Guy?

Ethan Sawyer is a nationally recognized college essay expert and sought-after speaker. Each year he helps thousands of students and counselors through his online courses, workshops, articles, products, and books, and works privately with a small number of students. A graduate of Northwestern University, Ethan holds an MFA from UC Irvine and two counseling certificates. He lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife, Veronica, and their amazing daughter, Zola.

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"From tearing apart my essays multiple times over the one-week bootcamp, to helping me find value in the UC Essay everyone told me not to submit (the spongebob memes and tacos one if you recall), to truly helping transform my personal statement into something that is ME, I'm immensely grateful."

-Ali, Harvard University, Class of 2021


Work at your own pace.

Watch the videos as many times as you want.

Learn what to write about and how to outline, structure and revise your essay . . .

. . . and best of all, how to bring your essay to life.


Students finish the course with a compelling and memorable personal statement.

Parents and counselors get all the tools they need to help their students through the writing process.

Watch and work from anywhere. You’ll have access to the videos forever.


You de-stressed the essay writing process by making feel that we could relate to you. Rather than being stressed about writing my essay, I was excited for the sessions, and actually looked forward to finding my topic and then writing it. You are extremely knowledgeable and passionate, and it definitely shows. I am very appreciative. Thank you!!

-Julianne W, Student


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College Essay Guy’s
One-Week Personal Statement Boot Camp

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