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How to Write an Authentic College Essay

June 7-28 ages 15-18
4 Live 90 min sessions via Zoom
(Mondays/time of class TBD by participant poll)

  • Brainstorm: find 3 potential topics
  • Breathe life into your ideas
  • Stand out in admissions
  • Stay true to you 
  • Save time and stress
  • Get personal feedback on your writing
  • Have a complete draft by the end of June!

Take the class anywhere you have an internet connection

*Partial scholarships available


Even great young writers don’t know how to talk about themselves. That’s where I come in. My goal is for students to write essays that college admissions readers won’t forget, and that stay true to the student’s authentic voice.

Includes 4 Live sessions (Via Zoom) with Susie in June:

Live Session #1 Monday, June 7, 90 min, time TBD via poll


  • Techniques for getting the pen moving 
  • What makes for an uncommon, outstanding personal essay?
  • What are colleges looking for?
  • What if I have never done anything interesting ever?
  • Learn to separate the creator from the editor

Live Session #2 Monday, June 14, 90 min, time TBD via poll

Outlining & Sh*tty First Drafts:

  • Finding your authentic voice
  • Avoiding common topics
  • How do I pick which topic to develop?
  • Personal feedback on ideas
  • Why you should steer into your fear

Live Session #3 Monday, June 21, 90 min, time TBD via poll


  • How to make the mundane magnificent
  • Difference between writing about something & inside something
  • Creating a compost heap instead of a trash pile
  • The truth about procrastination
  • When & how to get others’ eyes on your work

Live Session #4 Monday, June 28, 90 min, time TBD via poll


  • How to use your Samurai sword of editing
  • Re-envisioning your story
  • Techniques for catching awkward phrases & errors
  • Personal feedback
  • Completing your draft

Susie Rinehart, College Essay Coach

About Susie Rinehart

I’ve been an award-winning writer and a teacher of writing for 25+ years. As an English teacher and assistant director of the Mountain School of Milton Academy, I taught High School juniors and seniors the art of the personal essay, and oversaw their college application process. As a trained personal coach, I know how to interview you to get your best ideas powerfully told on the page. My system includes multiple tools, honed with experience, that you can use in college and beyond to write clearly and persuasively. 

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