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, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 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 examples for all eight prompts. PLUS: Each day, you'll get to ask me (Ethan) anything you like during the Q&A session.
Can't make one or any of the sessions? Sign up anyway! I'll send you recordings of what you missed.
- 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 personal insight question look like?
Can't make one or any of the sessions?
Sign up anyway! I'll send you recordings of what you missed.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 • 5-7pm
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: Decide on Your Four UC Application Topics
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 • 10am-1pm
Session 2 • How to Stand Out on Each of the UC Personal Insight Questions
In this session, I'll analyze eight personal insight questions--one for each prompt--and teach you three ways to structure your story, no matter what you’re writing about.
For the final hour, I’ll be on call in the Virtual Classroom, standing by to answer your questions as you begin your drafts.
Homework: Complete drafts of your four personal insight questions.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 • 10am-1pm
Session 3 • Taking it to the Next Level: Advanced Writing Techniques & The Great Personal Insight Question Test
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 so you can see how your essay stacks up before you work on finishing up your essay drafts.
Again, I’ll be on call during this time in the Virtual Classroom, standing by to answer your questions as they come up.