I specialize in helping students from public and independent high schools, both here in Seattle and nationally, craft great college admission essays. With coaching and guidance the personal essay is a college applicant’s best chance to tell their own unique story. I offer private essay writing tutoring that begins with concept discussions and includes constructive reviews of all drafts necessary to complete the all-important personal college admissions essay.In the summer and fall, I offer small college essay writing classes (limited to 10 participants per session) where students receive individualized attention and emerge with one completed essay and guidelines for writing more. The workshops cover essay do’s and don’ts, finding your voice, and strategies for parents on how to support their student in this demanding process, Additional services include in-progress essay reviews; SAT/ACT Writing tutoring; and comprehensive help to complete all components of a college application. History Established in 2010. The college application process takes time, preparation, and creativity. After seeing too many high school students and their families struggle with the personal essay, I founded College Essay Coaching to help. My experience as a professional writer and educator can provide guidance and perspective to the dizzying demands and process of college application essays. With coaching, students learn to approach the writing process as a sane, step-by-step undertaking and emerge from their college essay writing experience as more confident writers. First-person writing is rarely taught in high school English, yet 26% percent of admissions officers deemed the personal essay “of considerable importance” in admissions decisions according to a 2009 survey by the National Association of College Admissions Counseling. I believe that bright, motivated students can craft great essays. And the difference between a good essay and a great one might just turn a “maybe” into a “yes.
I have a BFA in Communications from Pratt Institute, NY and received my MFA in Creative Writing from the Whidbey Writers Workshop. I have over twenty years experience as a copywriter and marketing professional, writer, and educator. My professional areas of expertise include public information writing, thematic concept and text development and interpretive writing. For eight years, I taught as an Adjunct Professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle developing classes in professional practices, writing for interpretation and resum� development.I volunteer with 826 Seattle, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center, supporting teachers with their writing curricula in the elementary grades of local Seattle Public Schools and helping high school students with writing projects in their after-school program.I am also the author of two books of fiction for middle-grade readers, represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger Agency in New York City.