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College Essay

Tell your story. Find your voice.


So much of the college application process depends on the strength of your personal essay. But the very qualities that set kids apart—independent thinking, self-awareness and an authentic personal voice—are not supported in most academic settings. That’s where we can help.


Like all our writing programs, coaching for the college essay supports young people in discovering and developing their own unique voice, both as writers and as individuals. Through an in-depth process of writing and talking about their lives, students learn to articulate their values, passions, and interests, thinking about how they want to use their strengths in service to the world—and how to tell their story in an authentic and inspiring way.

During the first session, we talk through and plan out all the topics for each essay, including the personal essay. We can usually complete a first draft of the personal essay during the first session, after which we usually only need a few more sessions to talk through the details. (TIWP students are already such skilled writers, they never need more than one session, if that.) Edits and revisions are handled via Google docs for free.

FUN FACT:  Every student who’s written with us has been accepted into one of their first-choice schools, including Brown, Northeastern, Northwestern, Tufts, USC, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly, American University and Duke. Truly, a well-told story can change your life!

To discuss your child's unique interests and goals, contact Elizabeth.

  • $350 per two-hour private session (we invoice via PayPal)

  • $100 per two-hour session over 4 days ($400/total) for one of our College Essay Camps
    — Jul 09, 2024 - Jul 12, 2024 (time determined by those enrolled)
    — Jul 15, 2024 - Jul 18, 2024 (time determined by those enrolled)
    — Jul 22, 2024 - Jul 25, 2024 (time determined by those enrolled)


“Thank you for all of your help with my son. I have been blown away by everything he has written and can’t thank you enough for the help and inspiration you have given him. When he’s felt “stuck” and struggled—as anyone who has undertaken any creative endeavor will understand happens—he’s always come away from your meetings invigorated and inspired. I can’t thank you enough for that.” — Adam, father of a coaching student


"Elizabeth just worked with my son on his essay and made a miracle happen! She helped extract his story and he wrote the most beautiful essay with her guidance. He feels empowered by this process and is so proud of what he wrote! And I have HUGE RELIEF that it’s completed!" — Jen, mother of coaching student


“My daughter said you were awesome and she is thrilled to have finished her essay. I can't thank you enough for your time, insight and thoughtfulness. You really are the teen girl whisperer!” — Sandi, mother of a coaching student


"Thank you so much for your help and support. It means a lot to me to have you on my side.You have made my college applications an enjoyable experience and taught me a lot. I am so grateful for your enthusiasm and dedication in helping me." — 17-year-old high school senior

"Thank you for your incredible work with my son. Your encouragement has meant so much to him and given him a real boost of confidence. Not only was he accepted into his first-choice school, but he also learned a lot about himself in the process.” — Jeannie, mother of a coaching student

To learn more, check out our list of 7 Frequently Asked Questions, our Note for Parents, What Teens & Parents Say, our Our Commitment to Young Writers and of course our Intuitive Writing Podcast and online blog, The Intuitive Voice, where all our writers get the chance to become published authors. To schedule a more in-depth conversation about how we can best support your child's unique interests (and what class we'd recommend, if you're just getting started), contact
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