Using methods developed and described in The C.A.P.E. Crusade: Your Guide to a Great College Application Personal Essay, my team of published authors and college essay experts walk college applicants from idea generation through the final draft, to help them create one of the most meaningful documents of their young lives.
Through the experience, it is invariably our great reward to witness students develop profound insights about the value of their experience and their place in the world.
Through three decades as a writer and education, I have developed a method for coaching students through the college application personal essay process that has helped hundreds of students get into their top colleges and universities. I’ve worked with private, public, and parochial schools, and with private clients from Chicago to Shanghai with extraordinary success.
One of the most rewarding and successful workshops I’ve created as a college essay expert begins with a spring, summer, or early fall visit to high schools. The workshop began as a service for smaller high schools for whom the lion’s share of essay support fell on the shoulders of a few overworked teachers and counselors.
Over time, the workshop has helped students from large and small private, public, and parochial schools. And year after year, the workshop also helped many schools address the often-glaring gap in the amount of support some students receive.
I have designed college essay workshops intended to address these issues in the lives of juniors and seniors. I begin the presentation with a brief explanation about the process, after which, students respond to prompts that urge even the most reticent students toward meaningful reflection about the occasions and circumstances of their lives.
This 90-minute presentation has helped countless students get past the stressful and sometimes paralyzing task of Just Getting Started. The C.A.P.E. High School workshop sets the foundation for what is arguably the most important writing assignment of their young lives.
I am happy to speak with you further about a college essay workshop for any combination of students, faculty, and professional staff.
Using methods developed and described in The C.A.P.E. Crusade: Your Guide to a Great College Application Personal Essay, my college essay experts* walk college applicants from idea generation through the final draft. Not only do our students end up with great essays, it is invariably our great reward to witness them develop profound insights about the value of their experience and their place in the world.
* I also work personally with a select number of college applicants
Phase 1 Idea Generation and Expansion
Phase 2 Outline Phase
Phase 3 Writing and Revision (and Revision and Revision)
Contact billy for information regarding fees.
Billy Lombardo has taught English literature and creative writing at the Latin School of Chicago, Wendell Phillips Academy, Roosevelt University, Benedictine University, UCLA Extension, Laurel Springs School, and Global Online Academy. He has coached hundreds of students, from Chicago to Shanghai, through the college application personal essay process. Billy is the author of The C.A.P.E. Crusade: Your Guide to a Great College Application Personal Essay, Morning Will Come, The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, The Man with Two Arms, and Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns.
Billy is the founder of Writing Pros/e, a writing, editing, and coaching business. He is the founder of Polyphony Lit, a student-run, international literary magazine for high school writers and editors. He lives in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood and teaches at Trinity High School in River Forest, IL.