College Essay Workshop

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This workshop was helpful beyond anything I thought it would be.

I would highly recommend this workshop to all those who are struggling to write their college essay and those who need that foundation in order to write one.

[My essay] changed dramatically and I am very grateful.

Complete an amazing college essay in only 4 weeks.

–>   Go from blank page to completed personal statement in 4 weeks

–>   Work LIVE with one of our most requested instructors in a small group setting

–>   End up with a college essay that your student is proud of and excited about

Our College Essay Workshop helps your student achieve ALL of this.


With less stress and in less time.

When? TBD
Where? Live & Online
Who? Rising 12th Graders**
How Many? 12 students max


*Dates or times don’t fit your schedule? Work through our program with one of our expert consultants. Contact us here

**If you’re a 9th, 10th, or 11th grader wanting to get a head start, check out our Creative Writing Course and our Grammar Course, which are recommended prerequisites.

Most students are writing inefficiently.

Compelling college essays combine deep introspection with engaging storytelling and strong writing skills — they are  completely different from the typical high school academic essay.


Since 2005, we’ve helped hundreds of students receive admissions to all of the top colleges.


During this period, we’ve worked with only 1 student who required only minor feedback and polishing of her essay.


Teachers, school counselors, and parents are great resources, but they might be too busy. Or they might not be experts on the nuances of the college essay.


The number one thing our students struggle with is… not knowing how to start.

Admissions officers commonly advise “Be Yourself”. This is good advice, but it’s too vague to be helpful.


BrainstormingThe student process can often look like:

  • Stare at a blank page
  • Procrastinate
  • Start a draft, throw it out, and re-start
  • Procrastinate
  • Second-guess the topic
  • Get anxious
  • Maybe cry a little bit
  • Finally pull something together at the last-minute that is passable

It doesn’t have to be this painful.

Introducing… PrepMaven’s College Essay Workshop


Our 4-week LIVE Workshop is led by an expert and guides students through every stage of the college essay writing journey.

Work in a small and collaborative group setting to complete the Common Application Personal Statement.


Note – this is NOT a pre-recorded video course. You will be working live with our instructor and other students.


Here’s a sampling of what students will learn:

    • The specific qualities of a compelling, successful essay (PrepMaven’s 7 Principles)
    • The tools to implement our 7 principles
    • How to select a winning topic using our multi-step brainstorming method
    • How to develop an effective story structure
    • Powerful editing and revising techniques to transform a rough first draft into a polished piece of work

At the end of the 4-week workshop, your student will come away with 3 things:

1.  A draft of the common app personal statement that he/she will be proud of*


2.  A plan for how to tackle the most common supplemental essay prompts


3.  A rewarding and transformative experience


*This draft will either be 100% completed or nearly completed. Students must participate and put in the work to get the most value out of this class. We will assign homework and drafts/edits to be completed between sessions. Expect between 2 to 6 hrs of homework per week.

Students will work with Kate, one of our HIGHEST-RATED and MOST POPULAR instructors



Kate works closely with the founders of PrepMaven/Princeton Tutoring to create and fine-tune our college essay content and methodology.


She is a graduate of Princeton University (B.A. in English Literature and Interdisciplinary Humanities) and Boston University (M.F.A in Creative Writing).


Over the last decade, Kate has successfully mentored hundreds of students in all aspects of the college admissions process, including the SAT, ACT, and, most especially, the college application essay.


Kate’s college essay students have gone on to attend Tulane, University of Southern California, the University of Chicago, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Yale, Cornell, and many others.

Here is what one of Kate’s recent college essay students emailed after getting accepted into his dream school:


We’ll cover everything you need to craft an amazing personal statement + get started on the supplemental essays

Over the course of 4 weeks (8 classes/ 12 hours), students will cover all of the following:


  • What is the college essay and what are admissions officers looking for?
  • Qualities of a successful college essay with case studies
  • The brainstorming process: how to begin
  • Gathering your best essay topics
  • Selecting the winning essay topic
  • Exploring your chosen essay topic further
  • Structuring your college essay: different models for different topics
  • Creating an outline for your first draft
  • Honing this outline and taking the steps to write that first draft
  • Workshop collaboration & peer review
  • Independent reflection
  • Writing and reviewing the first draft
  • The college essay revision process
  • Workshop collaboration & peer review
  • What makes an introduction compelling?
  • How do I end my college essay?
  • “I” statements
  • Writing and reviewing the second and third drafts
  • Independent reflection
  • The finish line approaches!
  • Workshop collaboration & peer review of additional drafts
  • Style, grammar, and mechanics with the close-to-final draft
  • Successful college essay checklist
  • Supplemental essays–how to approach these and select topics in the wake of writing your personal statement

Each student will also receive these BONUSES:

  Individual Instructor Feedback — Kate will provide up to 1 hr of individualized remote feedback to each student throughout the course. ($349 value)


  Discounted Additional Support — Enrolled students will be eligible for discounted 1:1 rates with our essay consultants.


  Waitlist Priority — Our essay consultants often get booked up and have waitlists. Workshop students will be given priority on these waitlists.

Our students have an overwhelmingly positive experience.

We’re confident yours will too.

Before attending this workshop, I didn’t really know what I should write about and had trouble getting started, but I left the workshop with a clear idea and draft of what I wanted to say.

Personally, the free writing, the in-depth review of an essay, and exercises that involved brainstorming facts about myself were the most helpful in identifying the specific moments and lessons I wanted to capture in my essay.

Working with the instructors was stress-free because they are easily approachable and were genuinely interested in helping me tell my story to an admissions officer.

They were honest and kind in their feedback and I placed a lot of confidence in their opinions, and I would definitely recommend working with them for help with your essay and all other steps in the college application process.


The workshop gave me many resources that helped with structuring an essay and some exercises which really helped with finding good ideas to write about.


It makes the essay much less intimidating, more like writing a particularly expressive story than a school essay. Coming from someone who does not much like writing this made writing the piece kind of fun.


Although no kid wants to do “homework” in the summer it was quite reasonable and VERY helpful to keep me on track.


Before this workshop, I really didn’t have any approach to the essay. I mostly was just writing haphazardly and not following a set structure. I had no guidance.

After attending this workshop, my approach completely changed. I now had a set of guidelines and a path as to how to properly compose my college essay to the best it could be.

How much does it cost to enroll?

We have near-perfect ratings, 40,000+ hrs of 1:1 and classroom teaching experience, and are a trusted resource with a strong reputation.


Our co-founders, Kevin and Greg, are brothers and Princeton University graduates who work closely with our instructors.


To work with our top counselors will cost ~$4,000 for the equivalent amount of class time.


Instead, our workshop is only $595.


Our goal will to complete the college essay in 4 weeks.


Won’t be hard if your son/daughter attends class with an open mind and is willing to spend 2 – 6 hrs/week on homework and edits.

This workshop is almost guaranteed to sell out.

Class sizes are kept small (12 students max) to ensure quality.


Please secure your spot soon.


If the system does not allow you to purchase a spot, that means the class is full — Please contact us here to be put on the waitlist.


Prefer to work 1:1 with one of our expert consultants? Please contact us to confirm availability. We’ll then give you a ring to learn more about your student, see if we’re a good fit, and discuss next steps.