Want to have a College Essay Guy event at your school or organization?


Each year, Ethan and his team of expert essay coaches hold presentations and workshops at schools and organizations around the globe.

Whether your group size is three or three-hundred, composed of students or counselors, College Essay Guy has you covered.

Want to learn more?


Discover What Matters


College Essay Guy workshops help students dig deep and look at what matters most in their lives.



Students will get concrete guidance on how to brainstorm, structure, and write great college essays.


Students will leave workshops excited to write their essays and get started early.

“Working with the College Essay Guy team really helped me not only get to the bottom of who I really am as a person, but also showcase those aspects of myself in well-written and unique essays for my applications.”
–Erwin, Student

Workshop OPTIONS for students

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Workshop topics

  • How to write the main personal statement

  • How to write the supplemental essays

  • How to answer the University of California Application prompts

Workshop lengths

  • 1-2 Hour WorkshopS

  • 3 Hour WorkshopS

  • Full Day Workshops

  • Multi-Day Workshops (2, 3 and 4-day workshops, consecutive or over several weeks)

See our workshop guide below
for more information

What people are saying . . .
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Help your students discover:

What is my deepest story?

How to I outline and structure it?

How do I bring it to life with details and color?

How can I make my story, like, deep?

What do I do if I feel like I don't have a story?

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Your students will go from
“I have no idea what to write about”
“I've got this!”
College Essay Workshop

Ready to Join me?


Sandy Longworth


Sandy is a former school counselor with a background in family therapy, having worked her entire career with teenagers and families. She graduated UW-Madison with a BS in psychology, received a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and came back to UW-Madison for her doctoral work in Human Development and Family Studies.

As a Narrative Family Therapist, she has helped hundreds of people story their lives to reach their highest potential and has used this unique skill as an expert in helping high school students find their voice and tell their most powerful stories in their college essays.

In group workshops, Sandy uses her narrative therapy experience to help students identify their values so that they can sift through and discover their most powerful stories. Writing their personal statements for college becomes a process of self-discovery and empowerment.


Andrew Simpson

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Andrew has helped somewhere close to 10,000 students on their journeys toward higher education. He attended Stanford and Oxford, earning degrees in Political Science and Drama.

He teaches college classes in Los Angeles in Critical Thinking, Sociology, Anthropology of Media, Political Science, English Composition, and Public Speaking. Over the past decade, he has helped dozens of students achieve perfect scores on the SAT and ACT, and has helped students gain entrance to Stanford, the Ivies, U Chicago, Northwestern, and other top 25 schools every year, speaking to and working with both groups and individuals regarding the writing process, walking them through college essay structure, goals, and editing.


Ethan Sawyer


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

Raised in Spain, Ecuador, and Colombia, Ethan has studied at seventeen different schools, is a graduate from Northwestern University, and holds an MFA from UC Irvine as well as two counseling certificates. He has worked as a teacher, curriculum writer, voice actor, motivational speaker, community organizer, and truck driver. He is a certified Myers-Briggs® specialist, and his type (ENFJ) will tell you that he will show up on time, that he'll be excited to meet you, and that, more than anything, he is committed to-and an expert in-helping you realize your potential.


Want to LEARN more?

Download the Workshop Guide for details, booking information, and bios of the team.


“Sandy's essay workshop truly exceeded my expectations. She helped me realize the personality and depth of character a college essay can add to an application that is lacking in individuality. I came into the workshop with absolutely no topic or direction in mind, but after the first session we had discovered a subject that was unique and left me excited to get to work. Sandy creates a space that is comfortable and open where students can share their stories and determine how to best showcase their values and skills. In addition, she is an expert when it comes to grammar, word choice, and overall editing. I encourage students of all skill levels to take this workshop, the assistance Sandy provides is indispensable in writing a powerful essay.

Thank you for helping me write an essay better than any I could have done on my own. I wish every senior could be so lucky. "

—Aryunda, Student

Speaking Events

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Sample WorkshopS for Counselors

  • Five College Essay Questions Every Counselor Should Be Able to Answer (aka 118 College Essay Resources)

  • College Essay Guy’s (Abridged) Guide to the Supplemental Essays

  • How to Lead a Life-Changing College Essay Workshop

Have questions or want to know more?
Email our Workshop Coordinator, Sandy, at Sandy@collegeessayguy.com