As a novelist, journalist, editor and longtime writing coach, I work with students to teach them to convey who they are in their essays. They come to me with their accomplishments and ambitions — and we work together from there, with a series of focused sessions, clear assignments, and on-screen time together where they learn writing and editing techniques and how to translate their interests and their uniqueness to the page.

I do not have assistants reading student work, and I take only enough clients that I can give each one my full attention.

The application essay is a unique – and uniquely intimidating – piece of the college admissions puzzle. Beyond your grades, test scores, and extra-curricular activities, the essay is your opportunity to speak directly to the admissions committee about who you are, in 500 to 1000 words in your voice and your words.

It’s your chance to make a unique impression and to round out who you are beyond grades and scores. For stellar students, it’s a chance to show an interesting mind at work, reveal a backstory that isn’t otherwise apparent, and to present writing ability that’s important for success in college. For students with more of a mixed record, it’s also an opportunity to reveal your interests and perhaps explain your history and circumstances.

My job is not to write and edit your essays, but to help you find your material, your essay subjects, your voice, and your words.

I work with clients at every stage of the process, depending on your needs and your deadlines.

If you don’t have a clue how to begin your application essay, we start at the beginning. If you’re on your third draft and something’s just not coming together, we start there. My services are tailor-made to your needs. One size does not fit all, but there are common techniques and strategies I’ve developed to move through the many phases of the process. Among them:

  • We review the schools you’re applying to and attempt to winnow down the number of individual essays you will need.
  • We review your application to make sure that the essay does not repeat information that’s presented elsewhere.
  • In a brainstorming session, we will go through the essay prompts – usually starting with the Common Application or the other central prompts you are required to do – and locate your best material. I do not impose subjects on you; I work with you to find material that best represents who are you and how you want to present yourself to colleges.
  • Once we’ve decided on what you’ll write, I provide a unique framework in which you can write organize, edit, and polish your
  • essays.
  • You’ll come away with essays you can be proud of, essays that present your best self to the world,  and lifelong lessons in good writing.

Email or call me to find out more about the process. and 1-855-99-ESSAY.

The pandemic has made almost all teaching and learning online, but long before COVID, most of my work with students was online, working with students as far away as Qatar, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur — and as close as Boston, Washington DC, and Chagrin Falls, Ohio (really!). I can say with confidence that even through the screen, the students and I develop real relationships. There’s good conversation, laughter, serious work, and best of all, I help students become more confident, capable writers and achieve their college goals.