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Kimberly VanderWeert's Personal Statement Writing Workshop is an individual, 4-week workshop with one purpose — getting your personal statement submission-ready. Get all the details, right down to what to say and how to present it.

Begin the workshop with a blank page and leave with your final draft completely done. All in just 4 weeks!

I will guide you through creating your unique, attention-grabbing personal statement. Everything you’ll learn in the workshop has been tested and proven.


You will receive personalized training, insight, and guided materials. But make no mistake: this is a hands-on process and we will be working together to get your personal statement DONE.


Many of the essays that have been planned through the writing workshop have resulted in admission to top-tier schools, such as Cornell, Northwestern, and the University of Michigan.


Are you next?



This program is designed for first-year applicants who are looking to build attention-grabbing, compelling personal statements - fast.


You’ll discover:

The best essay topic for you, your background, your goals, and your target colleges — even if you don't have any ideas yet

The three best ways to structure your personal statement — and which one is perfect for you

The 4 specific steps you must take to elevate your writing

Essay examples, guided worksheets, frameworks, spreadsheets, and so much more to help you map out your perfect narrative

How to write in a way that highlights your uniqueness and convinces admissions officers you are NEEDED on their campus

The most common personal statement mistakes and how to fix them

How to edit your writing in 5 steps — use the strategies to turn in killer apps AND future college writing assignments

Unlimited editing support for 10 days after completing the workshop


Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

60 minute class

90 minute class

90 minute class

60-90 minute class

  • Through guided activities, worksheets, and discussion, we will identify your “why” and your application theme, which will guide the development of your personal statement

  • We will work through a series of brainstorming activities to identify your most compelling story

  • You will continue brainstorming throughout the week, if necessary

  • You will learn three structured approaches to the transfer statement (includes detailed outlines and examples)

  • We will work together to outline your first draft with the approach that best-fits your needs and goals

  • You will spend the week working on your first draft

  • You will learn the most common personal statement mistakes and my top writing techniques

  • We will work together to add, remove, or modify content accordingly

  • You will learn two different structural editing techniques (with examples) and complete them during the week

  • You will learn how to self-edit at the paragraph and sentence levels so you can confidently tackle future writing assignments (includes guides and checklists)

  • We will work together to polish your personal statement

  • You will continue self-editing as necessary, with unlimited feedback from me for the next 10 days

All for just $497!​

To provide comprehensive assistance to all of my clients, I only accept 10 students into the Personal Statement Writing Workshop. Schedule a meeting and let's discuss if you're a good fit!
I started working with Kimberly on my college essays, and I have come back for her help with my scholarship essays. I feel like Kimberly really understands me. Whenever we meet, she helps me find exactly what I want to say and helps me write it out. Her help is beyond anything I expected. If you are feeling lost with your college essays, definitely work with her.
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