College Essay Workshop

Live & Online
Summer 2024


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

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

*You get what you put into the class. Many students are able to fully complete their personal statement but some students might need more time after the class is over. 

How It Works:

–>   Each week, you’ll meet in live group workshops

–>   Between classes, you’ll watch instructional videos and complete writing assignments

–>   During live classes, we’ll deliver lessons, review sample essays, and answer your questions

Most students are writing inefficiently.

Many students, accustomed to writing typical high school academic essays, are unsure how to even begin writing their college essays.  The best college essays require deep introspection expressed through engaging storytelling.


Since 2005, we’ve helped hundreds of students craft essays that helped them achieve admission to all of the top colleges.


Our essay workshop teaches students how to brainstorm, structure, draft and revise essays that express their distinct core values and stand out relative to other applicants.


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.

When? SESSION #1 – JUL
7/9/24 – 8/1/24
Tue & Thu
1:30 – 3 pm ET
8/6/24 – 8/29/24
Tue & Thu
7:30 – 9 pm ET
Where? Live & Online
Who? Rising 12th Graders

*Scheduling conflict? No worries. You’ll have access to a recording of the sessions. 

*Prefer 1:1 tutoring? Work with one of our expert tutors. Contact us here

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


*Due to the classroom nature of the workshop (vs private 1:1 tutoring), we lean on peer review and generalized instruction from the teacher to guide edits. Some students will come out of the class with a draft that is 100% completed or nearly completed. Other students, especially those who struggle to independently incorporate the guidance and feedback in class, will benefit from more individualized support. 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 Kristian, a a veteran English teacher with undergraduate admissions experience from Brown


Kristian earned his M.A.T. in English and Education from Brown University.


During his time there, he also worked in the undergraduate admissions office reading and critiquing college personal statements.


After Brown, Kristian embarked on a 20+ year career as a high school English teacher.


Over the years, he has honed and developed a set of templates that demystify the writing process.


This allows his students to regularly make outsized gains, regardless of level.


For example – his AP English students consistently score in the 90th percentile.


When not teaching students how to write, he teaches OTHER teachers how to teach writing as a Lead Instructor for the National Writing Project.


Kristian’s students (including veteran teachers) love his approach to writing.

Thank you, Mr. Kuhn, for being one of the most profound influences in both my educational, and personal lives.


Using the technique, I have aced writing assignments in college without difficulty and am confident in writing applications and cover letters as I enter the adult world.


While writing has always been a passion of mine, it was not until I took Mr. Kuhn’s class that I feel I truly learned how to compose a thoughtful and well-rounded piece…


I’m a grizzled veteran of 27 years and have taken away so much from this course [Teacher feedback]


Y’all: if you’re on the fence about this at all, TAKE THE PLUNGE. Kristian’s classes have helped me refine my writing instruction and I will never go back! [Teacher feedback]

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:

  Video Library — Enrolled students will have access to our college essay video tutorials.

  Supplemental Essay Strategies — In addition to helping students craft personal statements, we’ll also offer strategic guidance about how to approach supplemental essays.


  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, 50,000+ hrs of 1:1 & classroom teaching experience, and are a trusted resource with a strong reputation.


Over 75% of our families are referrals or repeat customers.


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 $495.


Our goal is for you to complete the college essay in 4 weeks.


This won’t be easy… but will be achievable if your student attends class with an open mind and is willing to spend 2 – 6 hrs/week on homework and edits.


Secure your spot soon!


Students who struggle with motivation or working independently would likely be better off working 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.

How Do I Sign Up?

SESSION #1:  Jul 9th – Aug 1st, 2024

Price: $495; Location: Live Online Classroom

Tue 7/9/24 1:30 to 3 pm ET Class #1
Thu 7/11/24 1:30 to 3 pm ET Class #2
Tue 7/16/24 1:30 to 3 pm ET Class #3
Thu 7/18/24 1:30 to 3 pm ET Class #4
Tue 7/23/24 1:30 to 3 pm ET Class #5
Thu 7/25/24 1:30 to 3 pm ET Class #6
Tue 7/30/24 1:30 to 3 pm ET Class #7
Thu 8/1/24 1:30 to 3 pm ET Class #8

*Schedule subject to change

SESSION #2:  Aug 6th – Aug 29th, 2024

Price: $495; Location: Live Online Classroom

Tue 8/6/24 7:30 to 9 pm ET Class #1
Thu 8/8/24 7:30 to 9 pm ET Class #2
Tue 8/13/24 7:30 to 9 pm ET Class #3
Thu 8/15/24 7:30 to 9 pm ET Class #4
Tue 8/20/24 7:30 to 9 pm ET Class #5
Thu 8/22/24 7:30 to 9 pm ET Class #6
Tue 8/27/24 7:30 to 9 pm ET Class #7
Thu 8/29/24 7:30 to 9 pm ET Class #8

*Schedule subject to change

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