Learn More: Writing Personal Essays
Learn More: Writing Personal Essays

Learn More: Writing Personal Essays

Mentor with a passionate, professional writer to learn the art of writing an essay. Whether it's an application essay, or an essay for school, writing an important personal essay for the first (or fortieth!) time can be challenging. Every decision feels weighty, from choosing the topic, to sorting out what to include and what to leave out, all the way to adding final touches with confidence. However, what if by learning to write a personal essay, your child gained: Confidence and perspective about their unique strengths Practical skills and strategies to make future essay writing more streamlined and effective The can-do optimism that comes from successfully meeting a challenge head-on What if during this application season, instead of struggling and worrying, your child gained a greater sense of identity and purpose?

S K I L L S B U I L T : Quickly choosing a meaningful topic Breaking a topic into three main ideas Crafting a thesis statement Developing a strong introductory paragraph Shaping a body paragraph Using concrete, well-chosen examples Wrapping up with a memorable conclusion

This program is offered in two tiers.



Eight video lessons with hands-on activities that teach youth to choose an idea, structure their essay, and bring it to life with specific, lively language.

A step-by-step workbook

M E N T O R - G U I D E D

The Independent Study course

Plus: A personalized study plan

Six weekly 45-minute sessions online via Zoom with a mentor

Do you prefer the personalized coaching of this mentor-guided track? Purchase below and then watch your email for more instructions on scheduling your six sessions. We have time slots available each weekday afternoon and our mentors are ready and waiting to work with your child. While your sessions are getting scheduled, your writer can get started on the independent study portion of the learning experience so there's no delay.


At Society of Young Inklings, we’ve been helping youth writers move the big ideas from their hearts and their heads onto the page for over ten years. During that time, we’ve worked with many exceptional youth writers as they've tackle the middle and high school application process, and have refined a tried-and-true process to help youth master the art of the personal essay. While this course is well-suited for writers who are preparing for application season, it is also a practical tool for all writers seeking a better understanding of essay structure. The course walks writers through easy-to-use strategies that will help them see the big-picture structure of an essay and gain insight about how to organize their ideas into a thoughtful flow.

W H A T D O O T H E R S S A Y ? My fifth grade son is a strong writer, but he struggled to organize essays, and worried especially about completing an essay in a test situation in a short amount of time. In his sessions, he practiced choosing ideas, organizing his thoughts, and revising for flow — in a playful way. In fact, he told me, ‘That was surprisingly fun!’ after the first session. Now, he has built his confidence and improved greatly.


When does the course start and finish?

It starts now, and is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

For two years, or as long as the course is available on our site, whichever is longer. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course - across any and all devices you own.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We offer a 100% money-back guarantee. If the course doesn’t work for your writer, all you have to do is email us and let us know why it didn’t work for them. We’ll refund your tuition right away. The only exception for refunds would be for any mentorship sessions that have already occurred.

I'm an educator. Do I have permission to share the course with my students?

Yes! As an educator, your access to the course is considered a classroom license. Should a colleague want to use the material in their classroom, we ask that they purchase their own copy. Additionally, should your students want to access the material at home, their parents should sign up independently. This policy helps us support students in their independent study, and maintain their safe interaction with Society of Young Inklings' online programs.