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The best college essay is the one only you can write.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on standardized tests and student GPAs, the college essay is more important this year than ever.

But the goal remains the same: show off! Your writing skills, the contributions you alone can make to campus, your one-of-a-kind self  . . . all with one expertly-crafted, lasting impression forged in 650 words or less.

Students tell us that writing the college essay is daunting, that they lack the confidence to choose and execute a topic, and that they don’t know exactly what admissions officers want to read. Bootcamp is our answer.

“Bootcamp gave me the structure and guidance to thoroughly explain a part of my life and give college admissions officers a glimpse at who I really am.”

—michael, boston college

How It Works

Work hard for one intensive weekend bootcamp, mixing live small group instruction with independent writing sessions and expert essay coaches responding to your ideas and questions along the way.

Your complete draft is due Monday, December 14, at 5pm ET, and your comprehensive expert review and actionable feedback will be back to you on Wednesday.

From there you will polish your final draft, checking your revision list—and spellchecking twice!—and settle in for a relaxing holiday season with no looming deadlines or hovering parents.

Frequently Asked Questions

I haven’t started my essay. Is that ok?
Yes! We’ve got the exercises to get you reflecting with purpose and going deep on the topics that feel right.

I’ve started or I have a draft, but I need help. Still ok to do bootcamp? Absolutely. Get a gut check on whether you’ve chosen a strong topic and learn the techniques especially suited to the college essay.

Is bootcamp virtual?
Yes, and please note we strongly prefer that everyone appears on camera, though joining via audio is the minimum requirement.

What does it cost?
$499, which includes 7 hours of live instruction and 3 opportunities to receive targeted, thoughtful feedback on your writing from our team, the final one being a comprehensive review of a complete draft. Not to mention, the peace of mind that you did it—you put in the work to submit your essay with the confidence that you’ve made your best case.

What’s the format?
Saturday and Sunday begin at 12pm ET and run around 3.5 hours. Outside of that, you’ll be writing independently and submitting work for our experts’ reviews. See the full bootcamp course agenda here.

Who else goes to bootcamp?
Fellow junior and senior essay writers from around the U.S. and the world—we find students really enjoy the peer interaction—and our stellar team of writing and college essay guides: Billie, Liza, Brittany, Chris, and Anna. You can meet the team here.

My parents have questions.
Of course they do! Send them to our Parents’ FAQ.

What is WritetheWorld.com?
We’re a free online writing community for teens ages 13–19 from around the world. Since our founding at Harvard University in 2012, we’ve been drawing in young writers with monthly genre competitions, thought-provoking prompts, and the thrill of making new friends while reviewing others’ or publishing one’s own work.

We have years of experience guiding students to write and write well. Our College Essay Program curriculum was incubated at Harvard University and is run by our expert team, dedicated to helping students navigate the essay writing process.