Jumpstart Your College Essay Workshop

Jumpstart Your College Essay

2-Hour Virtual Writing Workshop

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on standardized tests and student GPAs, admissions officials agree that more is riding on the college essay in 2021 than ever before.

“The essay will be the ‘code’ to break into the college realm and the key to the enrollment managers’ recruitment process.”

– Dr. Peter Folan, President of Catholic Memorial School

In Jumpstart Your College Essay Workshop, students in 9th-11th grade will take part in a Harvard-incubated essay curriculum to gain knowledge about the “College Essay Genre”, learn the essential components of the Common Application Essay, and understand how to differentiate themselves authentically to successfully tackle the college application. Teens will not only walk away with the tools to craft a college essay that reflects who they are with authenticity and sincerity – they will also receive individualized action plans that will help them apply these tools successfully. 

In just 2 hours, students will gain:


of students doubled their writing confidence level after taking the workshop
of students found their Advisor's feedback to be "extremely helpful" for navigating the college essay

Schedule & Registration

For just $149, students will become acclimated with the college admissions process, unlock their key ingredient, and learn about the Essay Success Formula. At the end, students will receive a customized, multi-page Action Plan, as well as financial and college readiness tools to tackle next steps.

Schedule: The workshop is 2-hours long and takes place virtually over Zoom. There are 8 independent sessions offered over spring-summer 2021.

All Jumpstart workshops are now CLOSED for the 2021 season.

But don't panic! We're here to help.

For affordable, on-demand support, we also offer College Essay Review. Students are able to access a college essay editor anytime, anywhere, and receive comprehensive written feedback within 48 hours on any essay draft.

What Our Teens Say

“This essay course was exactly what I needed to get my essay off the ground. Before this course, I barely knew what a college essay was let alone how to write one. Now, with the help of the amazing writing coaches, I have a start on my own essay and the feedback I need to perfect it in the coming year. Thanks WTW!!!”

— Daniel, 16

“Sincerely, before doing this, I was totally off about what I should include to make my essay compelling, but now I have great insight regarding what a strong college essay should carry. It was very different from what I had previously thought!”

— Bertrand, 18

“I didn’t think I was capable of showing a deeply personal aspect of myself in 500-700 words, and I wasn’t even sure what topic I could explore! Now that I’ve attended the workshop, I got the opportunity to brainstorm on a topic. In discussing with my peers, I realized that I wasn’t alone in my fear about writing a college essay. This was a huge relief for me… I feel more confident in planning for and writing my future college essay.”

– Lauren, 16

What Our Teens Say

— Daniel, 16

— Luiza, 17

— Mariam, 17

— Maya, 15


No prior knowledge of college applications required! Our team of trained Advisors  have a deep professional knowledge of college essay writing and college admissions standards, as well as a passion for mentoring. Not only will students get to work with their Advisors during the workshop – they will also be sent a personalized report afterward which will outline specific, actionable steps to succeed on their essay. 

The workshop is 2-hours long and takes place virtually over Zoom. There are 8 independent sessions offered over spring-summer.

In order to ensure that each student receives the attention and support they need to find their key ingredient, this program is capped at 12-15 spots.

We’re here to help! Please reach out to our Administrative Specialist for College & Workshop Programs, Janelle Milanes at Janelle@writetheworld.com.

Our College Essay Program curriculum was incubated at Harvard University and is run by an expert team dedicated to helping students navigate the essay writing process. We have 20+ years of combined experience guiding teenagers to write and write well. We also run writetheworld.com, a free online writing community for teens ages 13–19 from around the world. Since our founding 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.

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