I have been a professional writer for three decades -- countless articles and books and screenplays -- but I have realized that helping young people achieve success can be as rewarding as a byline or a bestseller. After guiding local high school seniors as they write various college application essays, I love to hear the excitement in their voices when they later inform me of the good news. So I have decided to expand my reach as a college application essay coach.
As application numbers skyrocket and colleges become test-optional, personal essays have taken on paramount importance. The goal, in my opinion, is to offer a personal account that stands out. Each member of an admission committee reads hundreds and hundreds of essays. If yours is memorable, that’s a victory. If you can make readers laugh or smile, if you can offer unexpected insight, if you can impress them with your creativity… then your application is going to make its way toward the top of the heap.
My coaching process involves four steps:
I have coached students who have been accepted to colleges and universities coast to coast, including Stanford University, Boston University, UCLA, Amherst College, Colorado College, Middlebury College, Wesleyan University, Cal-Berkeley, Cal-Poly, Chapman University, Colorado State, UC-Santa Barbara, and UC-Davis, as well as University College Roosevelt in the Netherlands.
I live on California’s Monterey Peninsula, where I write screenplays and books about subjects ranging from civil rights to space. My children’s books have sold more than half a million copies and have earned various awards. My series of travel memoirs have been called “the new classics of American travel writing.” Over the years, I have written hundreds of national magazine articles, and several have been honored with gold medals by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. I have been interviewed by everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Marie Osmond, have served as a keynote speaker and guest author at conferences and schools around the country, and have given two popular TEDx talks (“Catching Creative Ideas” and “Write the Wrong Way”). So I know that a great story is simply a good idea conveyed in a compelling way.
Fee: $175/hr... Contact me with questions about availability: email@example.com, 831-915-2322