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


Sample essays

Read over a dozen inspiring sample essays and get detailed analysis why they do such an awesome job.



Brainstorm, outline, and write an awesome draft of your main personal statement.



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.



...use the Common App. The tools and resources you'll learn are specifically tailored to the questions and materials this application asks for, but will help you with the college essay required by hundreds of other public and private schools.

College Essay Guy's
Personal Statement Boot Camp

Check out a video preview below


Session 1 How to Find Your Essay Topic
Session 2 Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Each of the Four Types of Essays
Bonus Session Working with a Partner
Session 3 The Great College Essay Test
Session 4 Ethan Gives Feedback on a Few Sample Essays (Practicum)
Session 5 Revising Your Essay in 5 Steps + Ethan Workshops Some Essays
Session 6 Bringing Your Essay to Life (or) When to Start Over
Session 7 Celebrating Your Work Live & Next Steps
Bonus Session Advanced Screenwriting Techniques + 3 Essays


"I think this course really changed my life."

-Angela G, Student  

What is it?

It’s a seven-part online course designed to gives students and counselors everything they need to complete (or help someone else complete) the Common App personal statement. Watch the Q&A sessions after each session where I answer important questions about the essay-writing process and give feedback on essays.



Student Pricing PWYC Available



Counselor Pricing PWYC Available

When is it?

Whenever you'd like! All of the videos and materials are available to use at your own pace.

Where is it?

Online. Tune in from the comfort of your own anywhere.

What makes this webinar series special?

It’s the only workshop of its kind. And because I think you’ll find it:

  • inspiring: you’ll be writing right away
  • efficient: you’ll learn a lot fast
  • practical: you’ll get a step-by-step map
  • comprehensive: you won’t find this range of essays covered anywhere else

What's the difference between the Student and Counselor version?

There's a big difference between writing something awesome yourself (as a student) and helping someone else write something awesome (as a counselor.) 

Though some of the content overlaps, the counselor version is geared specifically to helping counselors with the unique struggles they face in guiding students through writing the most common supplemental essays. The student version is tailored to the unique struggles they go through in writing these essays.





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


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.


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.

Learn more about Ethan »

"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 for a year.


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


Counselors: Want to partner with me?

Are you a high school counselor or school administrator? Click below to inquire about partnering with me and registering a group of students at a discounted rate.

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Yes, it's actually

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