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: The Class of 2021 faced an unprecedented application season, and it looks likely the Class of 2022 will face its own challenges. But among the many things we learned, this remains unchanged: Essays 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.

Lisa S.


Jacki provided meaningful and detailed reviews that helped my daughter immensely. She provides very quick feedback in a way that helped my daughter better address specific questions and organize her thoughts into an essay that accurately and colorfully told her story. There were also many supplemental essays to write (18), and Jacki was patient with regularly scheduled meetings and email reviews. Jacki also helps students learn methods that will help them write any targeted essay in the future. 


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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