College Essay Writing Workshop Massachusetts

College Essay Boot Camp will be Saturday, Oct. 21 on Northeastern University’s campus. Students can sign up for a spot now. Volunteer tutors are needed. Sign up here.

Last year’s College Essay Boot Camp was a huge success, thanks to the incredible outpouring of our volunteer network. Together we helped students write 196 college essays.

The college essay is arguably one of the most important pieces of writing our students will ever produce in their lives, but so many of them are trying to chart a course to college on their own. College Essay Boot Camp can be the critical support students need. If you were there, you were no doubt captivated by the student stories you read and edited.

Some stats about past College Essay Boot Camp participants:

  • 60% of students who attended had parents who were born outside of the United States;
  • 45% of students reported that they would be the first in their families to attend college;
  • 40% of students had not started their essays prior to College Essay Boot Camp…
  • and 75% of students left College Essay Boot Camp with a 1st, 2nd, or final draft in hand.

“Thank you, 826 Boston, for your amazing work with our college-bound students. Your programs truly make a difference.” – Josette Teneus, mother and guidance counselor, Charlestown High School

“To be honest, I came here with no ideas, no topic, nothing. I am so grateful to be a participant in this program. I overcame a lot.” – Former student participant

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Write a personal statement that reflects the best you.

Be crafty. Use the essay to highlight your skills, talents, personality traits and personal history.

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Law School Applicant

Dear Joyce,

Thank you so much for the valuable feedback you gave me for my personal statement for my law school application. It is because of you I can press the submit button on my law school application with confidence.

Weeks earlier, I had hired law school admissions help through a large commercial prep company that cost thousands of dollars and took up hours of my time.  

I submitted a draft of a personal statement about a month prior to my law school deadlines, but two weeks later, I still did not receive appropriate feedback. I had to switch tutors twice, because the first tutor sent back my essay riddled with grammatical errors. The second tutor used up the rest of my prepaid hours giving me pointless feedback.

The company unreasonably delayed my application process. Still, I wanted a professional to review my work because law admission officers are known to reject applicants based on typos.

I remembered how helpful you were during my undergraduate application process. With the help of your essay, I received a 90 percent full scholarship to my state university for undergraduate studies. I am so glad I used your essay help for both my undergraduate and law school applications.

Thank you for your speedy, clear, and helpful feedback.

–Westminster, Mass.


“I highly recommend The College EssayConfidante and Joyce’s expertise!”

–Westford, Mass.


Hi Joyce,

“My son A_____was in one of your workshops. He is off to the University of Rochester in the fall. Thank you for your help with his essay!”

–Westford, Mass.

Parent, Andover High School

I wanted to let you know that C___ was admitted to all 7 schools that he applied to: Marist, St. Lawrence, Ithaca, Fairfield, U Delaware, and UNH. He has until May 1st to make his final decision of course, but looks like he is strongly leaning towards Marist. Obviously, his stellar essay made a big impact on them 😉 Just thought you might like an update.

Andover, Mass.

Senior, Westford Academy

Hi Joyce,

Thank you for the advice! I submitted my common application last week, but I ended up sticking with the original essay and adding in a few elements. Between your workshop weeks ago and the email feedback, I’ve been able to really refine this piece. It’s all been a huge help, so thank you! 

–Westford, Mass.

Senior, Chelmsford High School

Hello Ms. Crane,

I would like to thank you for taking the time to help me with my college essay. This has all been extremely helpful and I appreciate everything…

I will work on the suggested edits and I will be sure to print a copy and read it with my family members.

–Chelmsford, Mass.

Senior, Westford Academy

Hello Mrs. Crane!

I just wanted to thank you again for working with me!
I really enjoyed discussing my essay with you and I felt so much better about it after we talked it through. I’m so glad that you were able to meet with me on such a short notice! I’m still nervous about applying to colleges, but with an essay that I love the stress is reduced a lot. I’ll let you know how the application process goes!
I appreciate you taking time to work with me so much! 🙂

–Westford, Mass.

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