A One-Weekend Online Bootcamp

Our next bootcamp will be December 12-13!
Sign up here to be notified when enrollment opens.

This year, the college essay is more important than ever. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the ACT, SAT, and student GPAs, personal statements will be of particular significance for 2020–2021 college applications. 

But don’t get stressed—instead, take just one weekend to go from beginning brainstorm to admissions-wowing essay.

You’ll learn from a team of elite, supportive educators who will guide you through our successful essay-writing method developed at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, all while connecting with fellow students from around the globe. In less than a week, you’ll have a polished personal statement that meets Common Application standards while showing your dream school exactly why they should admit you. (Bonus: you’ll also gain writing skills and tools that you’ll use at that dream school and beyond!) 

Saturday, December 12, 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Learn how to meet the core components of the Common Application Essay while avoiding clichés and remaining true to your voice   
  • Identify your strengths and brainstorm the foundation for an inspirational, unique narrative
  • Learn how to read like an admissions officer and apply these insights to your own essay
  • Draft your essay piece by piece—from brainstorm to scene to reflection to transference
  • Submit your work to our team of advisors for personalized, supportive feedback
Between Session 1 and Session 2
  • Receive an email with individualized mentoring on your drafted material from our team of advisors, including suggestions for next steps
Sunday, December 13, 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Create a roadmap for your essay that will get you to the finish line
  • Get the tools you need to make sure your essay starts with a hook that grabs an admission officer’s attention and ends with a bang that leaves a lasting impression
  • Ensure that your essay has depth, reflection, and backstory that highlights your unique capabilities, offerings, and perspective—basically, the part that shows your dream school why they should admit you!
After Session 2
  • Revise your draft using our structured, supportive guide to revision
  • Submit your draft within 24 hours (by Monday, at 5pm EDT) for a final round of in-depth feedback from our team of advisors
By Wednesday, December 16
  • Receive rubric-based, expert feedback from your advisor that you will use to take your essay from great to jaw-dropping, all while meeting admissions standards
Want further help?
  • All participants will automatically receive a 20% discount on additional expert feedback from our team of advisors! 

WHEN: The next bootcamp will be held December 12-13. Each day will consist of three-hour online sessions from 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT, with an additional 2-3 hours of independent writing, with a draft to be submitted on Monday. All participants will receive final feedback on their essay by Wednesday, December 16. 

WHO: High school juniors or seniors who are looking to craft a compelling, standout personal narrative from start to finish for their Common Application. We welcome participants of any writing level or experience, at any stage in the essay-writing process. 

Please note that we require all participants to appear on either video or audio during the online group meetings (video is preferred, but not required).

EDUCATORS: Meet our team of expert advisors here.

FAQ for Parents: Get in-depth details about our Bootcamp here

COST: 499 USD per participant.

ENROLLMENT: We will be offering a second One-Weekend Bootcamp December 12-13. Sign up here to get notified when enrollment opens!

What Our Students Say

“The program gave me structure and guidance to not only find an engaging topic I could bring to light, but also how to thoroughly explain a part of my life and allow college admissions counselors to get a glimpse at who I really am.”

— Michael, Boston College

“The positive feedback from an expert reviewer was really encouraging and let me know I was going in the right direction.”

— Annabella, Middlebury College

About Write the World

Founded in 2012 at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership initiative, Write the World is the global platform for student writers. Using pedagogical methods developed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, we are expert at guiding students through the writing process, from first drafts to publication-worthy pieces. We host monthly writing competitions in a variety of genres featuring noted guest judges, including Sarah Hurwitz, who served as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama; United States Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman; and United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. We’ve partnered with Facing History and OurselvesJournalism Education AssociationJFK Library Foundation, and PEN America. The writing produced on our platform has been highlighted in The New Yorker and PRI’s The World.

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