Stanford University (English)
University of San Francisco (Master's)
I am an accomplished, innovative, professional freelance copywriter and editor with extensive experience contributing to a variety of companies, websites and publications. I am also a freelance essayist helping high school seniors write and edit their college application essays from start to finish. I have coached more than 80 high school seniors online and over the phone, and many were accepted to their top-choice colleges. I have also worked with college students and with recent grads on their applications to transfer schools or apply to grad school. I have a BA in English from Stanford and an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. I am a regular contributor to Stanford Magazine.
Currently, I write freelance online and print articles about food and restaurants, green news and living, events, parenting, education, fitness and wellness, and technology. Additionally, I write monthly articles on fitness and food for the monthly San Francisco paper, the Marina Times. I have written about technology for Investors Business Daily and Upside Magazine. I was the freelance contract editor for Stanford for You, a monthly e-newsletter about Stanford activities and events that goes to nearly 14,000 subscribers in the South Bay community for 14 months during 2012-2013. I researched, edited, wrote, formatted and helped to design the newsletter. I completed four months in 2013 as a part-time, temporary freelance compiler of the Stanford News Digest, a daily e-newsletter read by Stanford faculty and staff. My hobbies are fitness—hiking, yoga, gym workouts, and ballet—cooking, and reading. I have two kids, both currently in college.
I am an excellent writer, adept editor, and close reader. I find it easy to establish report with students of all ages, and I can help anyone write a better paper or essay, even if he or she is not a native English speaker. I am fascinated by each student's story and will work to ensure that each essay that is submitted is in the student's own voice but grammatically and structurally perfect. I am also qualified and interested in working with students on preparing for the English and writing portions of standardized tests.
All of the students with whom I have worked have gotten into several, if not all of the colleges to which they applied, and many emailed to tell me that the admissions staff complemented them on the high quality of their essays.
Since my kids are in their early 20s, I understand the complexities of dealing with homework, hobbies, sports, extra-curricular activities and friends. Not to mention the distractions of technology. But I will work with every student to create a schedule that works for both of us. I am an accomplished, innovative, professional freelance copywriter and editor with extensive experience contributing to a variety of companies, websites and publications. I am also a freelance essayist helping high school seniors write and edit their college application essays from start to finish. I have coached more than 80 high school seniors
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BA in English, Stanford University
MFA in Writing, USF
25 years+ professional writing experience
As an essay coach, I work with as many as 30-to-40 high school students annually on drafting, editing and submitting their Common Application and supplemental essays to gain entrance to top-notch universities. I communicate via phone and email and in person with students and parents to hone each essay, helping students to gain acceptance to their first-choice universities. I also edit student resumes and write blogs about private colleges for one of my client's online newsletter.
Additionally I write articles for a San Francisco monthly newspaper and for Stanford Magazine.