College Essay Camp

College Camp Essay

Do not leave your best words unwritten.

The college admissions team wants to meet you through your essay. Your reader wants to find out who you are – what motivates you and what your passion is. How are you different?


We help students like you revise your college essays.

After you brainstorm your ideas about topics, we work on a first draft. You are telling your unique story – complete with description, imagery and emotion.

In subsequent drafts (usually two to five) we winnow the essay’s focus and tighten up the writing. Unnecessary words are jettisoned to make room for big ideas. You begin to structure those ideas to make the essay’s purpose clear. For each draft, we provide gentle but direct feedback about structure, style and language.

In a small group setting (usually, two to five students) we learn from each other, laugh together and take the stress out of personal essay writing. The college application does not have to be a chore.

Come for the whole Saturday and get it done. Come for half day and get it half-done.

Drench yourself in words unspoken. Live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten… -Natasha Bedingfield

Date, Time, Location

Sunday, October 19

$180/full session (2:00 pm to 5:30, includes a snack)

$95/half day (2:00 to 3:45 pm)

Location: After registering for the workshop, you will be notified of the convenient Upper West Side location.


Online Registration

College Essay Camp

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Please print your registration confirmation and bring it with you on the day of the workshop.

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About the Instructor

Mary Beth Coudal, lead trainer, has been coaching high school students to write about their true selves for more than a decade. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, and Self magazine, among others. Formerly the staff writer for a faith-based group, she’s now the owner of Coudal Creative, a unique communications and blogging agency, and co-owner of Boot Camp for Writers, a creative writing collective.