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College Essay Camp

Session 1: 
June 12 - 16, 2023; 1:00-4:00PM
taught by Maya Mahony

Session 2: 
July 31 - August 4 2023; 9:00 - 12:00PM

Open only to rising seniors
All classes are virtual.
Cost: $475

       Be the envy of all your friends: begin your senior year with finished college essays!  

College Essay Camp can ease fears, break writing blocks, and help you find original and authentic topics for your college essays. In a fun and collaborative atmosphere: 


  • Learn what the admissions officers really want.

  • Study successful examples.

  • Generate original ideas.

  • Draft and revise essays.

  • Receive feedback from your peers.

  • Receive skillful feedback from your instructor.


Leave the class more confident and inspired about your essays - and with some writing strategies you can use for the rest of your life.

The class will be capped at 16 students - enough that we will have a wealth of ideas and perspectives - but small enough to ensure personalized attention from the instructor every day. If you have been asking yourself how to answer UC prompts, how to write the common app essay, or how to write a scholarship essay, then this class is for you!

Meet Your Instructors


Maya Mahony graduated from Stanford with a degree in English and creative writing and is currently a graduate student in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her stories and poems have been published in The Antigonish Review, Scrivener Creative Review, Anser Journal, BALLOONS Lit. Journal, Collision Literary Journal, Ambrosia Feminist Zine, the Stanford Daily, the Leland Quarterly, and She is a Creator School favorite! 


Justin Brown has taught high school English for more than seventeen years. He currently works at Henry M. Gunn, where he teaches Film Literature, Advanced English (grades 9 and 10), and Honors English (grades 11 and 12). Justin received a BA in Modern Literature from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in Creating Writing from San Francisco State University. He has tutored many students in creative writing and the art of the college essay. In his spare time, Justin enjoys acting and has performed on stage in two Palo Alto Players productions: "Death of a Salesman" and "The Man Who Came to Dinner." 

Register Today!

Limited Spaces Available


To register, please fill out the information below.

Cost: $475

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If you are not yet a senior and want support on academic writing, Creator School recommends Palo Alto Writing Academy.


This camp helped me feel less overwhelmed about college applications, and I loved bouncing ideas off my peers. 

— Miranda

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