Essay Essentials


This short, 15-session essay writing course, is designed to equip you with the essential skills and techniques necessary to write an effective essay. Whether you’re an experienced writer just looking to refine your craft or a middle schooler or high schooler who needs to level up your essay writing ahead of college, this course offers a detailed, step-by-step process for developing a sound, readable essay.

A Personalized Essay Writing Course

In live sessions with your teacher, we’ll engage in a series of activities, discussions and assignments that are personalized to you and your writing experience. We’ll aim at honing your ability to write compelling essays in diverse styles and formats. From informative and persuasive essays to narrative and descriptive compositions, we will learn how to tailor our writing to suit different purposes and audiences.

This course can be done one-to-one or as a group.

Group sessions will be happening in the summer of 2024, Mondays and Thursdays at 9:00 UTC (for students in Europe and Asia) and at 17:00 UTC (for students in the Americas).

What’s Covered in this Course

Key topics covered in this essay writing course, include:

  • Understanding the Purpose and Audience: Analyzing the intended purpose of an
    essay and identifying the target audience.
  • Crafting Engaging Introductions and Conclusions: Mastering techniques for
    capturing readers’ attention with captivating introductions, and leaving a lasting
    impression with well-crafted conclusions.
  • Developing Strong Thesis Statements: Learning to formulate clear and concise thesis
    statements that effectively convey the main argument/idea of the essay.
  • Structuring Essays Effectively: Exploring various organizational structures–such as
    chronological, cause and effect, and compare and contrast–to create cohesive and
    coherent essays.
  • Utilizing Evidence and Supporting Details: Incorporating relevant evidence and
    examples to support arguments and enhance credibility.
  • Refining Language and Style: Experimenting with language techniques, tone and style
    to engage readers.
  • Editing and Revising: Practicing techniques for revising and editing essays to improve
    clarity, coherence, and overall quality.
  • Adapting to Different Essay Genres: Examining the unique characteristics and
    conventions of different essay genres–for example, expository, argumentative,
    descriptive, narrative and analytical essays.


By the end of the course, you will have developed the skills and confidence to tackle a variety of essay assignments with proficiency and flair, and you will be able to express your ideas persuasively and compellingly across different genres. Join us on a journey to master the art of essay writing and unleash your creative potential.

The best way to focus when writing an essay is to have a well-defined process, a checklist. This can vary from writer to writer, but some common steps are: brainstorming and free writing, organizing thoughts into topic areas and clusters, outlining, and drafting. A well-organized, robust essay writing course (like this one!) can really help a student build a process to make them more effective essay writers.

Actually, some middle schoolers and high schoolers have figured out ways to earn a little extra cash while also dialing in excellent essays for school. There are two primary ways to do this. One is to submit essays to competitions like the Free Press high school essay contest, which pays $2000. Another option is to write essays for publications, either your own on platforms like Substack where you can charge subscriptions to read your work, or for media outlets like Buzzfeed.

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