The Essay Workshop in a Box: The Free Guide to Writing the Personal Statement

Kick things off with the two greatest brainstorming exercises ever, learn about the four types of college essays, check out some amazing example essays, and get on your way to writing your own killer personal statement.

Personal Statement Boot Camp: Comprehensive Course for Students, Parents & Counselors

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.


Get an overview of the newly updated UC application, learn about the 14 points of comprehensive review, find the best way to select your four personal insight questions, and learn two ways to answer all four of them.

100 Brave and interesting questions

100 deep questions to ask yourself, your writing partner, or anyone really. What’s the toughest decision you made today? What’s the toughest decision you made this year? What’s the toughest decision you ever made? What have you forgotten? If you were guaranteed the answer to one question, what would it be? And 95 more...

4 Qualities of an Amazing College Essay

I wasn't expecting that. I couldn't believe the ending. I feel like this person is just like me. What are the goal posts you need to hit before you click submit? This article offers four clear elements of an amazing college essay by showing how two real example student essays express them

The Ten Types of Movie (and Personal Statement) Plots

In Save the Cat, the very excellent screenwriting book by the late Blake Snyder, Mr. Snyder claims there are ten basic movie plots. It’s a rad concept and it just may help you figure out the plot (aka story) for your college essay. Here are all 10 plots, with examples from both movies and college essays.