WANT TO WRITE AN AMAZING COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY?
Oct. 14-16, 2016
The stakes are high, guys!
Your personal statement is your best shot at introducing yourself to the college or university of your dreams.
Isn’t it time to get real and commit the time and energy your personal statement deserves?
Maybe you’ve started writing but got stuck somewhere around the third paragraph. Or, maybe you have no idea what you want to write about—or have a topic that you feel is "just okay" and are thinking of starting over. Whatever stage you’re in, this three-day online course will guide you step-by-step to create the most successful personal statement of your life. Yes, your life! Because that’s what this is all about, right?
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. Learn more about Ethan »
ABOUT THE COURSE
Over 15 hrs of live time w/ Ethan
- Start: Friday, Oct. 14 at 5pm PDT
- End: Sunday, Oct. 16 at 4pm PDT
- Daily Sessions + Q&A Recordings for those who can’t attend every session
- Course PDF with everything you need to write a great draft
- Copy of #1 Amazon Best-Selling College Essay Essentials
- $199 for students, with pay-what-you-can spots available.
- $349 for counselors, with pay-what-you-can spots available.
Q: Why is ‘Suggested’ italicized? What are ‘pay-what-you-can-spots?’
A: No one will be turned away due to cost. Really.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 • 5:00-7:30PM PDT
Session 1: How to Find Your Essay Topic
In this session, you'll learn:
- Six ways to find your essay topic
- What makes a great topic
- The four types of essays
- Two sure-fire ways to structure your essay (based on screenwriting structure)
- How to brag without sounding like you’re bragging
- Plus: I’ll analyze two awesome essays.
Session 2: How to Write Each of the Four Essay Types
In this session, I'll show you:
- How to outline your essay, step-by-step
- What are some challenges you should consider writing about
- How to connect your challenges to your future career
- What to write about if you haven’t faced any challenges or if you have no idea what to write about
- How much sharing is too much?
- Plus: I’ll analyze four more awesome essays.
And to close out Day 1, I'll workshop your essays, live!
Homework: Write a first draft!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 • 8AM-4PM PDT
Session 3: Revising Your Essay in Five Steps & The Great College Essay Test
We'll start and end Day 2 with some serious writing time; I’ll be on call in the Virtual Classroom, standing by to answer your questions as they come up. Then, it's time to dig deep: How do you know if your essay is flowing? I’ll show you. How do you know if it’s great? I’ll tell you what I look for, based on my Four Qualities of a Great Essay. (If you’ve written an essay, here’s where you’ll find out if it stacks up.) At 3pm, we’ll begin the last hour of the session where we’ll workshop your essays, live!
Homework: Complete a draft of your personal statement.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 • 10AM-4PM PDT
Session 4: Bringing Your Essay to Life or When to Scrap What You Have and Start Over
In this session I’ll show you some truly extraordinary essays and we’ll discuss techniques you can borrow (read: steal) from them to make your essay extraordinary before you work on finishing up your 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.
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE COURSE
READ THE BOOK!
My new book College Essay Essentials comes with the course, and it includes TONS of great resources and sample essays.
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS
Ask another student to join you and partner together to write a solid draft of your essay in one weekend!
COUNSELORS, INVITE YOUR STUDENTS!
Work concurrently with your attending student(s) to brainstorm, structure and complete their essays, plus have the opportunity to address questions and issues relating to your current students during our Q&A and practicum sessions.
HOW TO ENROLL STUDENT GROUPS
- Collect student emails and send them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How much does this cost?
A: Less than you think. Email me: email@example.com
HOW TO INVITE STUDENT GROUPS
- In Person: Print this flyer and hand it out.
- Via Email:
- Invite them to register online, and send this link: http://www.collegeessayguy.com/october2016workshop
- Email this flyer
WHAT MAKES THIS COURSE DIFFERENT?
WHERE ELSE WILL YOU FIND A PERSONAL STATEMENT COURSE (I COULD ACTUALLY STOP THERE, BUT I WON’T) THAT OFFERS:
How to Find Your Deepest Story: A Guided Meditation – Upgrade your connection to the quiet voice inside your head that guides your most important decisions.
The Feelings and Needs Exercise – Six questions that will map out your entire essay. Simply put, the most efficient brainstorming exercise I've ever created.
The Great College Essay Test – I feel there are four qualities every great essay should possess. How does your essay stack up?
YOU’LL GET ANSWERS TO ALL THESE QUESTIONS:
How do I figure out what to write about?
How do I structure my essay?
Is there a step-by-step process for writing it?
Are any topics off-limits?
How much sharing is too much?
How do I revise my essay?
How do I make it not-boring?
What are some different ways I can start my story?
How do I show the reader I’m really smart?
How do I brag in a way that doesn’t sound like I’m bragging?
How do I make my essay, like, deep?
What are the four qualities of an amazing essay?
How do I end my essay?
How do I know whether my essay is good or not?
Should I share my essay? With how many people? When?
Drawing on my time spent studying screenwriting structure, I’ll teach you how to tell a great story—in your own words.
Each lesson is followed by a LIVE Q&A with me (Ethan), where you can ask questions particular to your essay.
You’ll be paired with a writing partner (another student in the course) who will give you personalized feedback on your essay that’s kind, useful and actionable. And I’ll teach you how to do that.
THE GET ‘ER DONE-NESS.
Because we’ll be working over three days you’ll actually finish your Common App.
Watch and work from anywhere. Can't make the live sessions? Sign up anyway. You’ll receive a recording each night with what you missed. Plus, you’ll have access to the recordings forever.
Won’t it be awesome to walk back into school with your Common App DONE? Your friends will be so jelly.
If you’ve finished the entire course and you’re not satisfied, you’ll get your money back. What’s to lose?
Suggested cost is $199 for students and $349 for counselors, with pay-what-you-can spots available. What's that last part mean? No one will be turned away due to cost. Really. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a PWYC spot.