The Advanced Personal Statement Course for Students

Uplevel your college essay with 4 brand new techniques

August 10th - August 21st, 2021

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"You de-stressed the essay writing process by making feel that we could relate to you. Rather than being stressed about writing my essay, I was excited for the sessions, and actually looked forward to finding my topic and then writing it. Thank you!"


Ethan Sawyer, Author of College Essay Essentials & College Admission Essentials

What's in it for you

You'll learn how to stretch your writing skills and write a "wow" essay for college applications. 

4 Brand New Techniques

Each week, we'll review 3 example essays that used the new techniques I'll be introducing.

Step-by-Step Guides

You'll get a step-by-step guide on how to use each technique in your essays.

Take the Essay Deeper

I'll show you how to add vulnerability and insight into your essays to help colleges get a deeper sense of who you are.

Live Office Hours

Each week we'll meet to answer all your questions and workshop essays live.

The Advanced Personal
Statement Course for

This course is the result of requests from students to share more tools for digging deep and standing out on their college essays.


In this course, I'll share with you brand new techniques for upleveling your college essay, plus step-by-step guides to using these techniques. We'll meet twice weekly via Zoom to discuss the content and answer your questions.


To make this course accessible, I'm offering pay-what-you-can spots to any student who asks. 


See full course syllabus here.

Meet Ethan

Ethan Sawyer is a nationally recognized college essay expert, sought-after speaker, and author of the Amazon bestsellers College Essay Essentials and College Admission Essentials.

Each year he helps thousands of students and counselors through his online courses, workshops, articles, products, and books, and works privately with a small number of students.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Ethan holds an MFA from UC Irvine, two counseling certificates, is certified in Myers-Briggs and hypnotherapy. He lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife and daughter.


I've already written a pretty good essay. Will this course really help?

Absolutely. The goal of this course is to challenge you to think about the personal statement in ways you haven't before.



"I am really glad I took the College Essay Guy course. I had already written the first draft of my Common App Essay and PIQ statements. After taking the course, I discarded all those drafts and started over. The course gave me the tools to figure out how to develop better content and more meaningful insights.” 

Anthony B.



"Starting these courses, I thought I was prepared to put together a good application, but I'm able to recognize now that my application and essays would have been pretty lifeless. Now I have strong, unique essays and a cohesive application that I hope will help to make me a much more competitive applicant at selective schools."

Natalie M.

We go way beyond the essentials

This course builds on the foundational content shared in my book and my How to Write a Personal Statement course—but you'll learn a ton even if this is your first College Essay Guy course

Course Content
& Overview

Session #1

The Braiding and Hegelian Dialectic Techniques

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August 10th at 10am-12pm PT

Session #2

Office Hours

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August 14th @ 1-2pm PT

Session #3

The Hybrid and Trampoline Techniques

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August 17th at 10am-12pm PT

Session #4

Office Hours

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 August 21st @ 1-2pm PT

Week #5

Mid-Season Check-in

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September 28th at 4-6pm PT

Live Session Dates and Times

  • lens Aug 10 @ 10am-12pm PT
  • lens Aug 14 @ 1-2pm PT (Office Hrs)
  • lens Aug 17 @ 10am-12pm PT
  • lens Aug 21 @ 1-2pm PT (Office Hrs)
  • lens September 28 at 4-6pm PT

Missed a live session? Don't worry.

👉 Session recordings will be made available.

What makes this course different from your other courses?

  1. I recommend completing Modules 1 and 2 in my How to Write a Personal Statement course, as it’ll provide a foundation for some of the concepts I’ll be covering in this Advanced Course
  2. Smaller cohort of attendees (this is due to the timing of the course + fewer students end up taking Advanced Courses—they aren’t for everyone)
  3. Deeper dive on fewer topics (we’ll focus on just two specific techniques each week)
  4. Longer live sessions (2 hrs instead of 90 minutes)
  5. Weekly office hours with Ethan
  6. Follow-up session mid-season to ask questions and address issues that come up for you
  7. Example essays + concepts I’ve never shared before, including: A Brainstorming Exercise That Can Generate 10+ Topics in 5 Minutes and Seven Ways to Make a Personal Statement (More) Memorable


Take the first step to up-level your college essay

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“With the aid of Ethan’s constructive feedback, I have learnt a great deal about myself as a person and as a writer. The application process is so much more than a number on a paper, it is a journey of self discovery. As I continue to embark on this journey, I will always be thankful for all that I have learned during my time working with Ethan.”

Salasha D, Student

Can’t afford this course?
I’m offering pay-what-you-can spots

Access is really important to me. In fact, it’s at the heart of most of everything I do and is why so many resources on my site are free.


Request a pay-what-you-can spot. Don’t be shy; I’d love to have you.

Request a pay-what-you can spot