I work tirelessly with my clients to help them reach their goals, but if you are looking for someone who will write the essays for you, I cannot help. Not only would this be unethical, it would be shortsighted, too: admissions officers can tell the difference between an honest essay and one bought off the shelf—and will send the impostor straight to the reject pile.

Writing these essays is both a challenge and an opportunity. When you take charge of your work, you gain the chance to build vital communication skills, the immense satisfaction of speaking clearly in your truest voice, and the kind of critical self-insight that comes through this process of writing and self-examination.

To ensure each essay is completed to the highest standards, I work with a limited number of clients. I encourage you to contact me as early as possible.

1. Fee Structure for the Personal Essay for College and University Applicants

There are two options, depending on your needs:

A. Hourly Rates

My fees are $175 per hour for work completed before July 31, 2016 and $200 per hour between August 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017.

The time needed to complete the essays depends on things like…

  • How many drafts need to be written
  • How strong your writing skills are
  • How rapidly you can respond to suggestions

Because each student’s needs differ, it is difficult to predict exactly how much time it will take. Starting from scratch, the personal essay typically takes at least five hours of my time and usually no more than seven. Subsequent essays take less time, with the amount depending on their length and difficulty.

B. Project Basis

If you prefer to work on a project basis, please contact me.

2. Supplementary essays

Some schools require supplementary essays. These essays vary widely in terms of word limits and difficulty, so the hourly rate usually applies. If you’d rather work on a project or all-inclusive basis, please contact me.

3. College Essay Summer Boot Camp

During these four-day, intensive writing workshops in San Francisco, rising high school seniors will brainstorm, plan, write, and edit their personal essays and practice their rewriting and editing skills. Each session is limited to five students and generally does not include work on the supplementary essays. The cost is $1000 and includes one hour of individual follow-up support on the essay(s) of the student’s choice.

The sessions run from Monday~Friday with Wednesday off for reflection and to give the essays time to “marinate.”

Please contact me for dates and details.

4. Personal Statements for Graduate or Professional School

If you are applying to law, medical, or doctoral programs, I offer support for your personal statements and any supplementary essays you may need. My fees are $175 per hour for work completed before July 31, 2016 and $200 per hour between August 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017. If you prefer to work on a project basis, please contact me.

5. Boarding School Essays

Boarding schools commonly require a personal essay and one or more shorter ones as well. My hourly charges apply, as above.

6. One-on-one Tutoring

Individual support, short- or long-term, for academic or other writing needs, including: Planning, organization, grammar, style, vocabulary, usage, revision; research, study, and editing skills. Sessions available in-person or via Skype. Fee: $75 per hour. 

Terms and Methods of Payment

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