WRITE Now - Jacki Skole



This is the question at the heart of all college application essays. It’s a simple question, but crafting the answer can be challenging. Stressful. I help students navigate the essay-writing process from idea formation through final revision so they submit their best essays, in their own words.


I’ve spent my career telling stories, first as a broadcast journalist and more recently as an author. I’ve taught nonfiction writing at two- and four-year colleges. And I’ve been through the admissions process with my own daughter. Most importantly, I know what admissions officers want—and don’t want—to read.

I am available to assist students with writing personal statements, supplemental essays, activities lists, transfer essays, and scholarship essays. I recognize that each student has unique needs so my coaching sessions are designed to meet students where they are in the essay-development process. Therefore, sessions may include some or all of the following:

  • Brainstorming and Mind Mapping
  • Outlining
  • Editing and revisions


This summer, I’m offering several free online workshops designed to help students kick off the essay-writing process.

  • Brainstorming Your Personal Statement will guide students through what, for many, is the most challenging part of the process: coming up with a topic. We will also talk about structure and what separates a great essay from a good one.
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  • Application 2.0 will help students tackle the activities list and common supplemental essay prompts, like the Why Us? essay.
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*Workshops will run online via Zoom. 

*Summer is the ideal time for juniors to start their college applications, especially for those applying Early Action and Early Decision.

Interested in learning more about one-one-one coaching sessions and/or workshops? Please contact me.


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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