1. Fee Structure for Application Essays

There are two options, depending on your needs:

A. Hourly Rates

My fees are $150 per hour for work started before August 15, 2017 and $175 per hour between August 16, 2017 and February 1, 2018.

The time needed to complete each essay 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 alone 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 four students and generally does not include work on the supplementary essays. Fee: $1000, including one hour of individual follow-up support on the essay(s) of the student’s choice.

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

4. Personal Statements for Graduate or Professional School

If you are applying to graduate programs, I offer support for both personal and supplementary essays. Fees: $150 per hour for work completed before August 15 and $175 per hour between August 16, 2017 and February 1, 2018. If you prefer to work on a project basis, please contact me.

5. Boarding School and Summer Program Essays

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

6. Individual Tutoring

One-one-one 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. 

7. Other Services

I also provide writing and editing support for other projects. Fees: $80/hour or on a project basis.

Terms and Methods of Payment

Payment should be made at time of service or by prearranged schedule, by personal check or using the secure form from PayPal: