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.

Contact me at erinowhiteATgmailDOTcom or 413.446.9026 for more information.