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College Essay Workshop Bundle - All 3 Workshops (includes FREE PS Workshop)

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College Essay Workshops with Kate Stone


How to Write an Outstanding Personal Statement — Thursday May 12th, 6:30pm — 8pm PT

How to Write the College Application & Supplementals — Thursday May 31st, 6:30pm — 8pm PT

How to Write The UC's — Saturday June 30th, 6:30pm - 8pm PT


Zoom — You'll get your link in a downloadable file upon purchase and you'll be added to the calendar invite.

Write an Outstanding College Essay!

Kate, an expert essay coach, leads college essay workshops at schools and organizations all over the world. Kate has worked with hundreds of students who have gone on to be accepted to dozens of the world’s top colleges, including Yale University, Columbia University, Stanford, NYU, Brown, Berkeley, UPenn, USC, Oberlin, Barnard, Rice, and many more.

Each year I lead students through the process of brainstorming, revising, and crafting outstanding college essays and applications. I offer 4 different workshop topics and students can join just one or all four.

Why? Because after spending the last 10+ years helping students through the college application process, I’ve found these are the most essential topics to prepare for the admissions process. By the end of each workshop, students will be ready to tackle their applications with confidence!

What Students Learn in These Workshop:

  • How to start writing your essay today!
  • How to brainstorm content, ideas, and examples.
  • Identify their strongest stories.
  • Students will receive coaching on how to structure, format, and write their college essays
  • Students will leave motivated, inspired, and ready to write a great college essay!
  • What is my most powerful story?
  • How do I format my essay?
  • What do I value?
  • What qualities am I bringing to my future college campus?
  • How do I "show" my story vs. "tell" my story?
  • How do I make my story come alive?

Workshops Included in Bundle:

  • How to Write an Outstanding Personal Statement!
  • How to Write the College Application & Supplementals
  • How to Write The UC Essays

Workshop Descriptions:

How to Write an Outstanding Personal Statement:

  • Tools for Brainstorming
  • 3 Epic Content Creation Exercises: Essences Objects, 21 Details, + Islands of Personality
  • 4 Qualities of a Great College Essay!
  • What Is the Purpose of a College Essay?
  • Narrative vs. Montage Structure: How to Structure Your Personal Statement
  • Breakdown Analysis of "The Best College Essays I Could Find"
  • Two Easy Techniques for Outlining Your Essays!
  • Q & A
  • Length: 90 minutes

‘How to Write the College Application & Supplementals’ Workshop:

  • How to Outline & Write Your Supplemental Essays
  • Common vs. Uncommon Topics
  • Tips for the ‘Why Us’ essay + Essay Examples
  • What to Write in Your ‘Additional Info’ Section
  • How to Write the Activities List
  • How to Answer the COVID-19 Question
  • Q & A
  • Length: 90 minutes

‘How to Write The UC Essays’ Workshop:

  • How to Choose UC PIQ Topics?
  • Mining Your Activities List for Gold!
  • What are the 14 Elements of Comprehensive Review?
  • The “How Do I Lead?” exercise
  • The “Four Ways I’ve Been Challenged in My Life” Exercise
  • The “Four Ways I’m a Genius” Exercise
  • An Awesome Extracurricular Activity Brainstorming Tool for Outlining!
  • Why is asking, “So what?”, essential to a great college essay?
  • Breakdown Analysis of Example Essays
  • How to Adapt/Double Your Essay
  • Adapting an essay into bullet points (for additional info section)
  • The UC Game - Uncommon Connections Game
  • The Elon Musk Exercise
  • Length: 90-minute version

Here’s what students and parents shared from previous years:

"The whole essay writing process became less stressful and more of a a panic attack being redirected into a guided brainstorm meditation. Under Kate's tutelage, she became more focused, confident and creative in her writing ability."
— Lisa, Parent
"At first my son was reluctant to try a coach. I think he just didn't think it would help him. But, after their first meeting he said: “Oh my god, she just made everything clearer". Do yourself a favor and hire Kate."
— Sharde, Parent
"Kate took my essays to the next level and coached me into writing creatively. Kate also helped me voice my own opinions. In the end, her guidance led to intriguing essays that were entirely and honestly me. The essays I wrote with Kate helped me get into my dream school: Duke University."
— Harshita, Student
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