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Feeling stuck taking the next step in your creative life?



  • Learn where to start and how to get set up to thrive

  • Get 1-on-1 feedback and accountability from your cohort 

  • Discover who you are and what you stand for in the process

  • Launch your creative business or practice with confidence


Pathway to the Personal: Writing for the College Essay 

$475 five session course

This college essay course not only provides a step-by-step approach for developing the all-important personal statement into a polished, stand-out piece but also builds skills and confidence in the writing process itself...


...useful well beyond the arrival of that acceptance letter! 

FYI: This course has limited enrollment, registration ends on 11/15.

About the course:

Every student has a meaningful story to tell but too often that story is, “I can’t.” Let’s revise that.


We'll begin with a virtual intro meeting to collaborate on exercises for self discovery and material generation, with opportunities for live Q&A.


Each session thereafter is self-paced with anytime access to lesson videos, worksheets, handouts, prompts, top tips and checklists for success, and more.

An opportunity for 1-on-1 feedback and essay review is available at the end of the course.

What we’ll cover: 

  • Where to start and how to begin the outlining and drafting process

  • How to structure for the most impact 

  • When to revise, revise, revise and how to make it all less painful

  • Strategies and tactics to help your essay STAND OUT

  • Why your story matters and how to keep building a writing/storytelling practice long after college


Who this is for:

This five session course is perfect for high school sophomores and juniors, and handy for seniors who are just a tad bit anxious about a looming regular decision deadline! 🙃

To the students working towards justice and equity, and those who are sharing (or thinking about how to share) personal stories that are vulnerable, powerful, and absolutely very difficult to write: I am here to call you in.  


I am here to help YOU because your story matters

Just as every story and perspective is different, every student learns differently and at their own speed.


The majority of this course is self paced, with a variety of learning tools including videos, worksheets, and prompts.

Meet your instructor:


Kristy Martino


With nearly two decades of experience as a cross-creative, Kristy guides people in developing their own stories, marketing their work, and empowering themselves at points of professional transition.


As the business owner of an award winning design studio, she’s worked with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and startups to build and launch living, breathing brands communicating to global audiences.


As a professional advocate, she’s trained hundreds across the United States to share their stories—taking them from the page to the stage of the Moth Radio Hour and the offices of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Kristy believes in the values of justice, compassion, curiosity, and community.

Take it from them:


An amazing mentor

Kristy is easily one of the coolest people I've ever met.


She’s smart, confident, and always coloring outside the lines (in a good way).


As a fellow creative, she taught me a new way to think about business, art, and the business of art.


She’s been an amazing mentor to me.



AD, The Coda Collective


A true advocate

Kristy is the most creative thinker and a true advocate for others.


She has helped me with my business over the years and always knows exactly how I want to come across.


She is sharp and thoughtful and I would recommend her all day long.



Agent, The Aland Group

Ready to do something different and invest in yourself?

Winter 2021 Cohort begins November 22nd with a virtual opening session, and self-paced access to video lessons, handouts, and prompts thereafter. 

Limited enrollment, registration ends on 11/15.

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