JD portrait by Kento January 2013 crop 4Welcome.

My name is June Scudder Donenfeld and I’m an internationally experienced writing coach, editor, and writer specializing in admissions essays, academic writing, web content, and ESL training. A lover of all things linguistic (and card-carrying grammar nerd), I bring deep skill, patience, and perspective to helping clients navigate the choppy waters of the written word. 

If you have come here for help with school applications, please know that you don’t need to channel your inner Shakespeare, have lived a life of breathtaking adventure, or made a stunning scientific breakthrough to craft wonderful essays. But you do need to craft a story only you can tell, in your own powerful voice.

Need help with brainstorming? I have concrete tools that will give you rich possibilities to explore and dispel the paralyzing notion that there is one, perfect idea out there, if only you could find it. Challenged by knowing where to begin or end? I’ll work with you to organize your thoughts and present the most compelling scenes and images of your story so that what appears on the two-dimensional page will come alive in the mind’s eye. Finished with the first (or second) drafts of your essays but want a set of objective, eagle eyes to ensure that they really hit the mark? Look no farther. 

I am committed to your success and sharpening your skills so that your finished work has clarity, economy, strength and the kind of detail that makes it sing. At the end of the process, you will have also gained tools of reflection, self-expression, and organization that will serve you for the rest of your life.

If you are looking for support with academic writing, whether short- or long-term, I tailor my work to the precise needs of each client, from research to revision, expression to editing, punctuation to proofreading, to name just a few.

And if you have another sort of writing project in mind, please contact me. From CVs, cover letters, manuscripts, and newsletters to web content, copywriting, and adult ESL training, I’ve successfully worked with clients of all abilities and many different nationalities.

I have worked with people near and far, so whether you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the country, or half way around the world from me, I look forward to hearing from you.