WRITE Now - Jacki Skole

Your College Essay Writing Coach

College application essays are stories. The best are engaging, insightful, revealing. They are well told. Today, essays are playing an increased role in admissions decisions because they clue in colleges to the student behind the grades and test scores.

I’ve spent my career telling true stories. Now, I’m helping students tell theirs.

If you’re applying to college, tell your story.


COVID-19 Update: I know this is a challenging time for the Class of 2021. Students have many questions about the upcoming application season, and universities don’t yet have the answers. This, however, is certain: Essays aren’t going away, and they may matter more than ever.



Alec B.

Transfer Student

Jacki helped transform my college essay by helping me define my emotional journey. With her help, I was able to tap into the reader’s emotions and raise my essay to a new level. My final essay is something I am proud to have the admissions office read.

Dimitri R.


The brainstorming workshop truly helped me understand the different types of college essay structures. Through high-quality examples, I also picked up techniques to improve my writing.

Bob R.


Jacki was instrumental in helping my daughter write a more powerful and meaningful college essay. Her thoughtful yet direct guidance allowed my daughter to consolidate her writing and elevate the essay from a story to a vehicle showcasing who she is and what matters to her.


Jacki Skole is an award-winning journalist, author and adjunct professor of communication. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she spent a decade as a writer and producer at CNN before turning to teaching. Jacki launched WRITE Now to assist students in writing the college application essays that will chart their future. Read More...

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