About the Manual

The $100,000 Essay is a digital college application essay writing manual for high school seniors who have rich personal stories and just need help telling them.

It’s a manual of action. Other books offer well-meaning advice, but by the end of them, you haven’t written anything. This manual gets you writing by the fourth page and guides you all the way to the final, polished draft.

It’s also concise. You don’t need to slog through 300 pages of dreary lectures on writing well. You don’t need "99 Ivy League essays that worked.” In four short chapters, you’ll learn exactly what you need to know to write a winning essay—and you’ll learn something about yourself, too.

What's Inside

The $100,000 Essay includes:

  • Brainstorming exercises to help you find your unique essay idea
  • Blueprints for crafting a memorable personal story to tell your dream school
  • Polishing tips that transform you into a master self-editor
  • Before-and-after sample essays that show how ordinary essays become extraordinary ones

The 65-page PDF manual downloads instantly to your computer or mobile device, so you can start crafting a winning college essay in just 5 minutes.

6 More Reasons to Read It

Still not convinced The $100,000 Essay is for you? These 6 reasons prove how valuable a personal writing guide is to getting accepted (and getting the scholarships to graduate debt-free). 

Praise for The $100K Essay

"I teach the personal essay to high-school students of all grade levels. Writing about their most-feared subject—themselves!—unsettles my students; they struggle to brainstorm worthy ideas and to structure them into compelling narratives. The $100K Essay solves both problems. My most reluctant writers respond to the manual’s casual voice and practical tips with unusual enthusiasm. I heartily recommend The $100K Essay, and look forward to using it again in the classroom."    

— Polly F., Denver School of Science and Technology 

"I tip my hat to Nick for writing this invaluable resource for students everywhere. It's coupled with both useful tips and an appropriate amount of humor to keep students’ attention."

— Andrew H., high school senior