NACAC Conference 2021 attendees
We’re introducing EssayQuest, our new self-directed, teen-tested, nothing-like-school online program at the conference. Schedule a virtual meeting or say hi at our booth by the deli.
Writing college essays can be a chore
Or an adventure
Nothing like school
You get early access to EssayQuest
We’re launching EssayQuest to students of our partner schools and organizations (plus kids of our close friends) at a special introductory rate.
We’re putting on the finishing touches but didn’t want to “let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” Everything you need is ready to go. Since you’ll be the first set of students to see the program, you can help us improve it by sharing your feedback.
Write your essay with EssayQuest to win a scholarship
We’re awarding scholarships ranging from $250–$1000 for students who use EssayQuest to write their college essays.
You’ll write your college essay like a pro
Our Write Like a Pro process is the map for your EssayQuest
When it comes to writing college essays, it doesn’t take much for teens and parents to veer off into friction, frustration, and wasted time and effort.
EssayQuest takes you from your first topic ideas to the final draft of your essay with the same process that professional writers and communicators use. We’ll guide you on a clear pathway from confusion and frustration to an engaging, authentic, and effective finished essay.
We break up the process of writing into four parts so that you can put your full attention on one aspect of the process at a time. Just like the pros.
You’ll go step-by-step so there’s no mystery about what to do next
We listened to lots of teens to make the process easy for you. Every step of the way, you’ll know what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and the specific actions to take. We’ll even let you know when you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Each step sets you up for the next. You’ll focus on one thing at a time, whether coming up with ideas, writing a ton of raw content, getting clear about your message, creating a structure for your essay, or bringing it life and polishing it to perfection.
Just do the activities and follow each step to your best essay. When you’re done, not only will you have a great essay, you’ll also be surprised and delighted with how much you’ve learned.
We’ll share tons of resources and support to help you on your way
Even though we made the process simple, you’ll still have to do the work. Writing well takes time, and if you’re like us, sometimes you’ll hit a roadblock or get a bit lost.
When that happens, we’ve got you covered. We’ll make sure that you can keep moving forward in your journey with easy-to-use support pages, FAQs, videos, sample essays, and more. We even have resources for anyone giving you feedback or support.
If you’re still stuck, send us a chat message right in the site, and we’ll help get you back on track.
This eliminated a lot of stress and conflict in our home and I was happy we could still like each other when it was all done.
I became a better writer through Essay Mentors. I learned how to put my voice in my writing every time I touch a pen to paper or finger to key.
You’ve made this whole applying to college thing a happy experience rather than one I hated.
Our students have been accepted at hundreds of colleges and universities
including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, UPenn, MIT, Brown, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, Williams, Middlebury, Chapman, USC, Pomona, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Duke, Bates, Barnard, Smith, Bowdoin, and the Universities of Michigan, Washington, Virginia, Illinois, Arizona, and Oregon.
And so much more
You’ll explore who you are as a young adult
As a teenager, you’re likely not that good about knowing or communicating who you are (that’s ok – most adults aren’t either). But, that’s what it takes to write an essay that college admissions counselors are looking for.
EssayQuest is a journey of self-discovery. As you go through the process, you’ll learn your unique set of strengths and see how they play out in your life. Our greatest strengths are often invisible to us. As you tell your stories, you’ll see yourself and your strengths in action. You’ll get to know yourself in a way few teens do.
You’ll become a better writer
The skills you learn will make your writing easier and better in college and beyond. Our Write Like a Pro process builds on what you’ve learned in English class and goes far beyond. As simple and powerful as it is, it’s just not in the American writing curriculum.
You’ll discover that you can use this framework for any type of writing or communication—from academic papers to presentations to love letters. (Or love snaps…)
We’ll help the people helping you
You may want help throughout this process. In fact, we highly recommend it. Whether it’s your parents, a teacher, friends, or a neighbor, they could help you stay on track through the process, help you brainstorm, or give you feedback. Whoever it is – we call them guides – they need to know how to help you effectively, so we’ve created tools especially for them.
EssayQuest is $379 for a one-year subscription
Our 14-day money-back guarantee: If EssayQuest isn’t for you, we’ll give you a full refund.
Don’t let cost be a barrier
We have scholarships for anyone who needs them.
Click the Start your EssayQuest button for information about how to get a scholarship. (Don’t worry — you won’t have to write an essay to get one!)
Discounts for partner schools and organizations
We’ve built partnerships with The Bear Creek School, Mt. Si High School, The Norwalk Schools Foundation, and College Bound in Issaquah. You or your parents should have received emails with discount coupons. If you don’t have one, please email us.
Are you interested in learning how your school or organization can become an EssayQuest partner? Send us an email.