Write an outstanding Personal Statement for top schools

Live online workshop to help you write amazing college essays that boost your applications. Now open for the Personal Statement Workshop,
from June 29th to July 27th, 2024.

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Hosted by Ryan Chiang

Founder, Essays That Worked


The Personal Statement Workshop

Learn how to write an amazing Common App essay (aka personal statement) in this exclusive live online workshop. We'll cover everything you need to know to write a standout essay, step-by-step.

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Get a head start & write essays that will make a difference

I designed this workshop to help students write amazing college essays, more easily and without the stress.

This workshop includes 4 hours of live instruction including Q&A, 3.5 hours of step-by-step video lessons, and 300+ real essay examples.

Watch this free preview of the workshop:

"4 Rules for Writing Outstanding College Essays (and why they're so important)"

Your student will learn exactly how to:

Have Unique Essays
Write a unique essay, not cookie-cutter
Following a formula is not the way to write a winning essay. I'll give you the tools and understanding to write a genuine essay that will help you stand out, without being gimmicky.
More College Opportunities
Stand Out with "Wow" Essays
I’ll help you avoid cliché topics. In fact, I’ll share a huge list of overused topics I’ve uncovered from reading thousands of essays.
Save Time
Get ahead & reduce stress later on
Get started early and learn how to write great essays quickly and efficiently. I'll share tips and tricks to help you get started, save time, and stay motivated.
All Your Questions Asnwered
Understand What top colleges Seek
All your essay questions answered. College essays can be confusing and overwhelming. By understanding what makes great essays, you'll be able to write your own with confidence.
Impressive Ideas
Brainstorm Your Best Ideas
Want to get ahead? You'll be able to complete your applications early, and you'll have time to focus on other parts of your application.
Apply with Confidence
Press "submit" with confidence
Wondering when your essays are "good enough"? You'll learn how to evaluate essays like an admissions officer so you can press "Submit" with confidence.

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Personal Statement Workshop Schedule

The Personal Statement Workshop is a 4-week live online course, from June 29th to July 27th, 2024. Each your student will watch video lessons, complete the homework, and attend the live workshop.

By the end of the workshop, your student will have a completed Common App essay, ready to submit to top-20 schools with confidence.

We meet every Saturday at 10am PT / 1pm ET for a 1-hour live workshop. If you can't make it, no worries, the live sessions are recorded and available for replay.

Week 1: Brainstorming 🧠

June 29th to July 6th

Video Lessons & Homework

  • What Do Admissions Officers Look for in Personal Essays?
  • What Do The Best Personal Statements Have in Common?
  • How to Choose Your Best Essay Topic
  • What If You Don't Have a "Tragedy" or "Big" Accomplishments?
  • Types of Essay Topics to Avoid

Live Workshop Session

  • Saturday, June 6th - 10am PST / 1pm EST

Week 2: First Drafts ✍️

July 6th to July 13th

Video Lessons & Homework

  • How to Structure Your Personal Essay
  • How to Write Powerful Stories
  • How to Write First Drafts (Step-by-Step)
  • How to Revise & Improve Each Draft
  • How to Craft a Powerful Hook
  • How to Write a Memorable Ending

Live Workshop Session

  • Saturday, June 13th - 10am PST / 1pm EST

Week 3: Improving Our Drafts 📝

July 13th to July 20th

Video Lessons & Homework

  • Tips & Tricks to Improve Your Writing
  • Common Writing Mistakes & Pitfalls
  • How to Make Your Essay "Deep"
  • How to Use Metaphors to Bring Your Essay to Life
  • How to Show Your Personality & Add Voice

Live Workshop Session

  • Saturday, June 20th - 10am PST / 1pm EST

Week 4: Editing & Polishing ✨

July 20th to July 27th

Video Lessons & Homework

  • How to Edit To Perfection (Step-by-Step)
  • How to Cut Down Words (Or Add More)
  • Common Writing Mistakes to Edit Out
  • How to Improve Your Essay's "Flow"
  • How to Get Helpful Feedback on Your Essay
  • How to "Test" Your Essay

Live Workshop Session

  • Saturday, June 27th - 10am PST / 1pm EST

2024-25 College Admissions Season

The Personal Statement Workshop

Learn to Brainstorm, Write, and Revise Your Common App Essay.

What you'll get

  • 4 hours of live workshop sessions
  • Weekly Q&A sessions
  • 3.5 hours of video lessons
  • 300+ essay examples
  • Recordings of all sessions
  • A polished, ready-to-submit Common App essay

Pay once. Get access to the 4-week workshop.


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Attend the first session, and if you're unhappy, I'll refund you.

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Ryan Chiang

What Is

My name is Ryan Chiang, and I'm the founder of Since 2018, I've helped students write their best application essays possible for top-20 schools.

My website features over 200+ successful essays from admitted students at top-20 schools. I've created dozens of free resources, guides, and videos to help families navigate the college admissions process.

I've worked with hundreds of students and parents to apply confidently with their best essays possible. Will you be next?

Learn more about Ryan →

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this for?

The College Essay Workshop is ideal for high school students applying to undergraduate colleges or college students transferring to a new college.

I designed this program with top-20 colleges in mind, because more selective schools place more emphasis on essays in admissions.

How does it work?

Your student will enroll in this 4-week live workshop. Each week, they will watch 1-2 hours of video lessons, and complete the assignments. Each Saturday we will meet for a live Q&A session to discuss the week's lessons and answer any questions. We may also review 1-3 student essays during these sessions to provide feedback.

Does this include essay editing?

The workshop does not include essay editing or direct feedback, but you can ask questions about your essay in the live Q&A sessions. I may also review 1-3 student essays during these sessions to provide feedback.

For in-depth editing, please see my essay editing services.

When are the live sessions?

The live sessions are held on Saturdays at 10am Pacific Time / 1pm Eastern Time. If you can't make it, you can watch the recordings of the sessions.

What type of payment do you accept?

You can pay using credit/debit card or PayPal.

You can choose between a one-time payment or 4 interest-free payments using PayPal's Buy Now, Pay Later.

Will this get me into top-20 colleges?

I cannot guarantee admissions success as it depends on many factors, many of which are out of your and my control.

This course will, however, help you write essays I believe are worthy of acceptance to the most selective colleges.

Essays are not the only factor in admissions, but they're an important one if you want your best chances.

What if I decide it’s not for me?

If after attending the first session you decide the workshop is not for you, I'll refund your purchase.

See our refund policy for more info.

Who will be teaching the workshop?

Ryan Chiang, Founder of

I've helped hundreds of students earn acceptances to their top-choice colleges by having genuine, compelling essays. To date, has published over 300 essays from admitted students.

I believe any student can improve their college outcomes by writing strong essays and that the best way to do that is by learning from examples of successful essays.

If you have any questions about the course, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to help.

What if I still have questions?

You can schedule a free 15-minute consultation with me to ask any questions you have about the course.

Just click here to schedule your free consultation.

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