Ethan Sawyer is a nationally recognized college essay expert and sought-after speaker. Each year he helps thousands of students and counselors through online courses, workshops, articles, products, books, and one-on-one sessions with a small number of students. A graduate of Northwestern University, Ethan holds an MFA from UC Irvine and two certificates in counseling. He lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife, Veronica, and their amazing daughter, Zola. Learn more about Ethan »
ABOUT THE COURSE
Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18, 2016
In this three-day online course, you'll learn all you need to know to write your answers to the new University of California personal insight questions, while beginning the writing process in a safe, fun and expertly-moderated environment.
I'll bring you the inside scoop straight from UC admission reps, plus show you example essays for all eight prompts. PLUS: Each day, you'll get 30 min. to ask me (Ethan) anything you like during the Q&A session.
- How to find your four UC personal insight question topics
- How to know if your topics are good ones
- How to stand out when answering the UC prompts
- What are UC admission officers really looking for?
- What does a great UC application prompt look like?
AND: In the first session, I'll tell you the one thing you ABSOLUTELY MUST do before beginning your UC application.
Can't make one or any of the sessions?
Sign up anyway! I'll send you recordings of what you missed.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 • 5-7pm PDT
Session 1 • Finding Your Four UC Application Topics
In this session I’ll show you:
- How to find four solid topics,
- How to make sure your topics are good ones, and
- How to make sure you don’t leave money on the table / make sure all the awesome parts of you are showing up on your UC application.
Homework: Find Your Four UC Application Topics
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 • 10am-4pm PDT
Session 2 • How to Stand Out on the UC Application Essays
First, I’ll show you how to structure your story, plus I’ll provide you with a step-by-step process for mapping it out—no matter what you’re writing about. Then, it’s time for you to write!
I’ll be on call in the Virtual Classroom, standing by to answer your questions as they come up. During this time you’ll get access to eight pre-recorded videos with tips on how to address each prompt, plus examples with analysis. At 3pm, we’ll begin the last hour of the session where we’ll workshop your essays, live!
Homework: Complete drafts of your four personal insight questions.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 • 10am-4pm PDT
Session 3 • Taking it to the Next Level: Advanced Writing Techniques & The Great College Essay Test (UC Version)
In this session I’ll first share some techniques past students have used to make their writing shining, shimmering, splendid (yeah, that’s an Aladdin reference). Then we’ll look at what it takes to write a GREAT personal insight question response so you can see how your essay stacks up before you work on finishing up your essay drafts. And, once more, I’ll be on call during this time in the Virtual Classroom, standing by to answer your questions as they come up.
As we close out the day, I’ll read your essays aloud so we can celebrate your hard work. Then I’ll give you some tips for what to do next and tips on how how to receive feedback.