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. And my memoir (aka a very long personal essay!) was released in March 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.

Here's what students and parents have to say about Putting The Ease In College Essays:

Erin was so incredibly fantastic in helping me write my personal statement for graduate school. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone! Her feedback, advice, and editing skills all helped me take an idea and turn it into a well-formulated essay. With her help, I was accepted into graduate school and am on my way to get my Masters in Public Policy.”
— --Mary Dohrman senior at UC Boulder
When my daughter started working with Erin, it felt as if Mary Poppins had arrived and I could stop trying to micromanage my kid’s college application process. After sessions with Erin, my daughter would return home more confident, relaxed, and motivated to write and think and read more! Erin transformed what seemed onerous and impossible into a positive experience!
— --Cyndy Sperry, parent
Erin has a special way with words and an even more special way with angsty teenagers. Her upbeat attitude and enthusiasm for writing are contagious. Your kid might not want to write an essay or might have no idea where to start, yet Erin comes to the rescue with her prompts, brainstorming strategies, and targeted-actionable goals. She will help your teen go through the process step-by-step with independence and success. Writing college essays can be stressful for the whole family, I suggest you hire Erin to make things a little easier.
— Zevey Steinitz

Students I’ve worked with have been accepted at:

Brandeis University
Brown University
Clark University
Eckerd College
Ithaca College
Kings College, London
Mt. Holyoke College
Macalester College
Sarah Lawrence College
Skidmore College
Smith College
Warren Wilson College
University of Pennsylvania
University of Massachusetts
University of Colorado
Vassar College
Wesleyan College

…and more.