5 Storytelling Strategies for Your Best College Application Essay

Write a Standout Essay that Helps You Win Acceptances & Scholarship Dollars

Apply for College with Confidence 

Find an Original Topic & Write a Standout Essay with the Write Big 101 Course


Hit Your Deadlines

Go at your own pace, with three distinct writing schedules. Get support from start to finish on your essay and manage deadlines with our planning tools and resources. Plus, learn from real students with over 50 college application essays included in the course! 

A-Z Guidance from an Expert

Guidance from topic selection to editing from a college professor and writing coach. Victoria is the author of Write Big: From College Application Essay to Storytelling Standout, included free with the course.

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Everything students need to succeed, from step-by-step coaching videos, interactive exercises, college writing planners, a college application resource library with over 20 bonus resources for for parents and students.

Write Big 101


  • 15+ teaching videos with step-by-step coaching
  • 40+ College Application Essays and Student Profiles from real students
  • Write Big College Planner to beat deadline overwhelm and stay organized 
  • College Application Checklist 
  • Quickstart Guides that allow students to match their pace with the course and resources 
  • Breakthrough exercises to help students find their topic 
  • The College Essay Blueprint, the storytelling formula used by 100+ writers to earn acceptance and win scholarship dollars
  • Special Resources for revision, editing, and overcoming procrastination 
  • Supplemental Essay writing resources, including the College Supplemental Writing Guide
  • 6 Additional Bonuses! 

Get accepted into college and win scholarship dollars when you write like a storyteller.

 Write Big 101 helps you write unique, creative essays for all of your college applications. It also includes dozens of valuable resources to help students and parents get organized and feel confident throughout the college application process. 

The course comes with a copy of Write Big: From College Application Essay to¬†Storytelling Standout ‚ÄĒthe¬†only book¬†designed to help you write your college application essay and¬†become a better writer before college.

Write Big 101 is taught by a former English professor, author, and sought-after writing coach, Victoria Payne. 

Buy Today and Receive these six bonuses! 

#1 Bonus Training: Supplement Essay Coaching Video.

This video walkthrough shows you where to find your college supplementals and how to use storytelling strategies to stand out. Pairs well with the College Supplemental Writing Guide.

#2 Bonus Training: What do colleges want? I've given this training to thousands of parents and students through our local school district. Understand the qualities colleges are looking for in your college application essay 

#3 Bonus E-Book: 15 additional essays and student profiles, from students who've used the Write Big process to win top acceptances and scholarship dollars.

#4 Bonus Interviews: Get insider college application and scholarship advice from college students 

#5 Bonus Resource Library for Parents & Students: 15+ articles with topics ranging from college funding to college success

#6 Bonus E-book: How to Save Thousands on a College Application 

Write Big Students Achieve Big Dreams 


"Victoria's guidance allowed me to think creatively and inspired new pathways for impressive writing that I am proud to call my own."

Zanzan, John Hopkins University

"I will bring the lessons Victoria has taught me to use as I face future writing challenges, as I enter college and beyond."

Matthew, Chapman University 

"Victoria's guidance helped me craft pieces I am truly proud of and get accepted into my dream school!"

Sarah, Princeton University

Gift Write Big 101 to Your Favorite College Bound Student

Buying for a college bound student? We make it easy. Follow the instructions at the checkout to register your student or loved one. We'll send them all the information they need to access the course and start when they're ready.


Author and Writing Coach, Victoria Payne

Victoria Payne is a narrative writer, writing coach, and the founder of Boxcar Writing Labs. For sixteen years, she taught writing at the University of Portland, receiving the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for Part-Time Faculty in 2017.

Her work has helped hundreds of students write about their lives with style and substance. Victoria traces her love of story back to her childhood in Georgia, where the melody of storytelling was all around her. As a writer, she believes stories are the common language we speak to each other. Write Big is her first book, combining her experience teaching in the university classroom, her years as a writing coach, and her profound belief that writing gives us the tools and the wisdom to discover our role as the main character in our own fascinating story.

In the last decade, many college bound seniors have used her lessons, collected in Write Big, to create standout application essays, gain admission into their dream schools, and strengthen their writing skills before college. Victoria lives, writes, and works in Portland, Oregon.