Are you flummoxed, overwhelmed, or daunted by your college essay?
I'm here to help.
College admission essays might only be a few hundred words, but those words have never mattered more. Winning essays hit a real sweet spot: inventive yet lucid, polished yet alive with the sound of a teenager's true voice.
Finding and nurturing that authentic voice is what I do best.
My work with high school students emerges from my experience as a writer and a teacher of both composition and creative writing, and the many, many years I've spent thinking about what makes an essay work. I received my MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts, where I also worked as a writing instructor and a tutor for students with learning disabilities. My own essays have appeared in the New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, and other national publications, including several anthologies. I have a memoir (aka a very long personal essay!) coming out in the spring of 2018.
I believe every high school student carries the seeds of a winning essay. In order to help these seeds bloom, I've created a series of writing exercises that facilitate —in concrete and creative ways—original, self-assured, and engaging personal narratives.
I am available to meet with students in person or by Skype for weekly, bi-weekly, or one-time sessions. Many students can use guidance from the first spark of an idea to the gleaming final draft. Others just need a few hours to figure out how to begin or how to tidy up an almost finished essay. I'm here for all of it.