Looking for a college admissions conference this summer to help launch your application process? I will be the featured essay writing coach at the My Pathway to College conference for college-bound students in San Diego. I will be working with students on their college application essays during this five-day conference held at the campus of the University of San Diego. Join us!

Essay Workshops for Students
and Educational Consultants

From my hometown in Laguna Beach, California, I offer in-person and cyber essay workshops to students throughout the world. I also offer workshops to teachers, college admissions consultants, high school counselors and educational consultants.

Student Workshops

During my interactive essay workshops with students, I help them understand what makes a great college application essay, and take them through various writing exercises to help them brainstorm and identify strong topics, teach them narrative writing techniques and show them how to craft “slice-of-life” personal essays.

I use a variety of hand-outs, worksheets, videos and exercises to make the workshops lively and interactive. All students receive free copies of my popular writing guides, companion workbook and online writing course!

Students will learn how to:

  • Craft effective narrative-style personal essays to set them apart from the crowd
  • Brainstorm unique topics and real-life stories to breathe life and interest into their essay writing
  • Map out their narrative essays using my sample outline
  • Use powerful writing techniques to power their essays, including anecdotes, dialogue, sensory details, etc.
  • Bring meaning and depth to their essays to showcase their personalities and character
  • Learn strategies for writing supplemental essays, as well as the UCs and other popular prompts
  • Self-edit and polish essays to make sure they are engaging, meaningful and memorable

I can also customize workshops on different topics, such as how to use powerful writing techniques, such as anecdotes; how to write University of California essays; how to write most popular supplemental essays; how to write transfer essays; how to bump up, self-edit and polish essay drafts; etc.

Anyone is welcome to put together their own group, including educational consultants, counselors, teachers, parents and students. We work together in my home or via Zoom.

Email me–Janine Robinson–for details: EssayHell@gmail.com.

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If you want to put together your own group for a workshop, I host them at my home in Laguna Beach or a location you pick in Southern California, from LA to San Diego and Riverside. Email me to discuss details: EssayHell@gmail.com.

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Counselor and Teacher Workshops

Become an official Essay Jumpstart Expert!

Get certified to teach narrative essay writing by taking my private or group workshops either in person or via Webinar platforms.

Cost: $300 for hourlong private training.

Put together you own group of 2 or more (cyber or in-person), and the per-person cost goes down! Just email me for details: EssayHell@gmail.com.

During these sessions, I teach counselors, tutors and English teachers what I believe makes a “great” or effective college application essay, and then how to teach their students to write them using a narrative (story-telling) style to showcase their defining qualities and values.

In effect, I share my main essay writing Show AND Tell “method,” including how I help students brainstorm and identify engaging topics, use anecdotes (mini real-life stories) to hook readers and make their essays personal and meaningful, and a slew of other tips and techniques to craft powerful personal essays.

Participants receive copies of my trade-marked handouts and worksheets (my SampleOutline™, AnecdoteBuilder™, Sample Essays, ProblemFinder™), access to my online writing course and a certificate of completion and a digital badge (two options) to use for marketing.

They also receive digital versions of my popular writing guides, Escape Essay Hell! and Heavenly Essays.

Read what Essay Jumpstart Experts have to say about Janine and her essay writing training.

Former clients of Essay Hell’s essay workshops include:

  • Square One Counseling, Laguna Beach, CA: I have given essay writing workshops to the clients of Lynn Fair, a top college counselor in Laguna Beach, CA. Summer 2013-2016.
  • Palisade High School, Palisade, CO: I gave essay writing workshops to the IB students as part of a college admissions seminar. Summer 2015.
  • Texas Region One GEAR UP, Edinburg, TX: I conducted weeklong essay writing workshops to the top 160 students, and 35 English teachers, from 30 high schools in the Rio Grande Valley. (Read more about these workshops HERE.) GEARUP also purchased licenses to my online essay writing course for 10,500 students. Spring and Fall 2014-2017.
  • Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro, NJ: I presented cyber essay writing workshops to their junior years students as well as to English and other teachers at this magnet school, ranked #6 in New Jersey. Summer 2016,
  • Colorado Academy, Denver, CO: Daylong workshop to about 100 rising seniors on how to brainstorm, craft and edit their Common Application essays. Summer 2017.
  • Girls, Inc. of Orange County, Costa Mesa, CA: Gave essay writing workshops to freshmen and sophomore girls at their annual Eureka! Camp summer program at Orange Coast College. Summer 2017.
  • City of Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, CA: I gave weekend college application essay writing workshops through the city’s Recreation Department at the City Community Center downtown. Summer 2017.
  • Shanghai International School: Spent a week giving essay writing workshops to 380 juniors from SAS at a college admissions retreat  in beautiful Hangzhou, China. Spring 2018.
  • Laguna Beach High School, Laguna Beach, CA: Gave essay writing training workshop to their college counseling staff. Fall 2018.
  • Roma High School, Roma, TX: Two-day workshop for language arts teachers and students. Winter 2022.
  • College Now Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, OH: Gave Jumpstart essay writing workshop to students. Spring 2022.
  • “My Pathway to College” to be held at the University of San Diego campus this summer. I will be giving essay writing workshops to students during this exciting college admissions conference from July 29-Aug. 2. Interested? Details here.

All my students receive free copies of my popular ebook guides:

ALL workshop students receive FREE access to my popular Online Writing Course! (a $99 value)

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Click HERE to contact me any time.

Janine Robinson

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PAYMENT: All clients must pay in advance of my services, and then as they go for editing help. Please go to the SERVICES tab at top of this site, and scroll to bottom for payment button “DONATE.” It uses PayPal and major credit cards.

NOTE: Please do not make payments until we have discussed and confirmed the exact services I will be providing.

Just email me any questions at: EssayHell@Gmail.com. Thanks!