Jumpstart Your College Essay Webinar

About this Webinar

Write the World’s Jumpstart Your College Essay Webinar welcomes high school students to find and own their story through a Harvard-incubated curriculum that empowers the student's voice. From learning critical strategies for navigating the “College Essay” genre to decoding the essential components of the Common Application Essay, this webinar will position students to amaze admissions officers with authenticity, sincerity, and skill.

Join us on this engaging and inspiring journey, and walk away with the tools, confidence, and clarity to tackle one of the most important pieces of the college application.

In just 30 minutes, you will gain:

  • A more nuanced understanding of the college essay form, and a stronger sense of how to evaluate what admissions officers are looking for. (The average admissions officer reads OVER 500 essays per year. Get expert advice on how to stand out among the stack!)
  • Access to our interactive, FREE 20-page e-workbook—a literary tour guide that steers you along your journey to find a “right fit” essay topic
  • Dozens of dynamic prompts and exercises to help you shape your personal narrative under the umbrella of application questions
  • An opportunity to explore Common Application questions and glean inspiration from successful college essays to serve as springboards for brainstorming
  • Reflective insight into some of the most impactful parts of your identity and lived experience, with new ideas for channeling this understanding to craft compelling writing
  • Stronger writing, critical thinking, and metacognitive skills for college and beyond
  • Confidence to take the next step in the college application process

Please note that we are currently only offering replays of this webinar. We welcome inquiries at any time at workshops@writetheworld.com.

FREE Comprehensive E-Workbook Included

20 pages of interactive prompts, ideas for inspiration, supplemental resources, and more!

Your Instructor

Janelle Milanes
Write the World
Janelle is an educator and writer whose novels have been featured in the New York Times book review and listed as part of Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books. Originally from Miami, Florida, she received her BA in English Literature at Davidson College. Her passion for writing led her to New York City to work at Simon & Schuster, where she gained experience in editing and educational marketing. After publishing, Janelle pursued a Masters degree in Special Education and taught in K-12 schools for ten years. She has since hosted writing workshops and mentored hundreds of students to help them achieve postsecondary success. Her experience in education and in narrative writing has equipped her to guide young writers through the college essay process and empower them to share their stories in the best light possible.
  • Janelle Milanes
    Write the World
    Janelle is an educator and writer whose novels have been featured in the New York Times book review and listed as part of Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books. Originally from Miami, Florida, she received her BA in English Literature at Davidson College. Her passion for writing led her to New York City to work at Simon & Schuster, where she gained experience in editing and educational marketing. After publishing, Janelle pursued a Masters degree in Special Education and taught in K-12 schools for ten years. She has since hosted writing workshops and mentored hundreds of students to help them achieve postsecondary success. Her experience in education and in narrative writing has equipped her to guide young writers through the college essay process and empower them to share their stories in the best light possible.
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About Write the World

Since its founding at Harvard University in 2013, Write the World—the online platform for writing instruction—has engaged over 100,000 teens (ages 13-19), and 5,000 educators in over 125 countries. We have years of experience guiding students to write and write well, and our college essay curriculums are no exception. Our students write great application essays and become stronger writers, better prepared for college and beyond.