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2018: Read 372 essays. Coached seniors in New York, California, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Ran a six-week clinic at a prominent Westchester high school. Advised dozens of students and parents throughout the essay process. Cheered as SEND was hit again and again and again.

It's time to CRUSH those college essays.

 

 

College Essay Coaching

Although daunting, the essay process should also be exciting, reflective and meaningful, and it should result in pieces of significant writing that the student is very proud of, pieces filled with the student's writing, voice and story.

Wordcraft will take the mystery and stress out of the process by:

 

  • Helping the writer flesh out ideas for the essays

  • Setting a clear timetable for the Common App Essay and needed supplements

  • Helping the writer identify and focus on her main ideas/points

  • Encouraging the writer to develop worthy details

  • Giving the writer due dates to keep him moving forward

  • Sending email reminders and scheduling check-in points

  • Focusing the writer on the task

  • Ensuring that the essay captures the student’s voice

  • Making sure the student is proud of the essays she has written

 

 

 

The Coaching Package

 

Package includes:

 

  • Initial one-hour meeting

  • Creation of timeline/due date reminders

  • 5 months of coaching (summer prior to senior year to Dec 1) with a maximum of 10 individual meetings.

  • E-mail exchanges ongoing

  • Up to 3 hours of online edits

  • Parent communication

  • Common application and supplemental essays completed by Dec 1

 

 

Cost: $2950/package

 

*Success of this package is dependent on student follow-through of the timeline established.

 

 

Don't Want the Package?

 

Individual sessions: $300/hour, includes two email/revision exchanges

 

On-line feedback/editing: $150/hour

The College Essay Crush, a small group intensive: pricing varies

 

Wordcraft takes on a limited number of college essay students in order to ensure the individual attention demanded in this process.

 

Contact us today to book your slot.

914-643-6573  wendy@wordcraftny.com

 

 

The college essay does not guarantee admission to any school.

 

 

Recent Wordcraft students have headed off to the following colleges and universities:

 

 

  • Bates

  • Boston College

  • Boston University

  • Brown

  • Bucknell

  • Carnegie Mellon

  • Columbia

  • Cornell

  • Connecticut College

  • Duke

  • Fairfield University

  • F.I.T.

  • George Washington

  • Hamilton

  • Haverford

  • Harvard

  • Indiana University

  • Ithaca

  • Lehigh

  • Middlebury

  • Northwestern

  • NYU

  • Oberlin

  • RIT

 

  

 

  • Rochester

  • Sarah Lawrence

  • Skidmore

  • Stamford

  • SUNY New Paltz

  • SUNY Plattsburg

  • Swarthmore

  • Syracuse

  • Tulane

  • Tufts

  • Union

  • University of Miami

  • University of Michigan

  • University of Chicago

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Richmond

  • USC

  • University of Vermont

  • University of Wisconsin

  • Vanderbilt

  • Wake Forest

  • Washington University at St. Louis

  • Wesleyan

  • Yale

  • Vassar

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"Wendy enabled me to trust myself and, with her support and encouragement, to write college essays which were entirely true to me. She would set a timer and give me a calm, quiet space, encouraging me to get all my thoughts out on paper without self judgment. She made me laugh and helped me feel empowered rather than pressured."

– Beatrice Tulchin

University of Southern California,

Class of 2023

“Working with Wendy on my college essays made a dismal obligation into a wonderful experience. She was patient, constructive, and creative. Wendy always had confidence in my work but she also pushed me to be better. When I was stuck on an idea or an essay topic, she was always willing to sit with me and brainstorm. When I emailed her questions, she was always prompt with her replies. Without her help, I never would have gotten into my dream school.

 

— Miranda

Columbia University
 

"Wendy Fried is an absolutely amazing teacher.

Her passion and dedication to helping others take their writing to the next level is clear, and her essay workshops provided me with helpful, valuable information, especially when I didn’t know where to start. She helped me immensely in getting to a point where I felt proud of my college essay. I’m so thankful for all of her help and guidance and I truly believe she was one of the reasons I got into my top school! 

 

-Charlotte Harter 

Vassar College, Class of 2023

 

"After considering the daunting task of helping my son with his college essay, I enlisted the assistance of Wendy Fried. Wendy immediately made my son feel at ease and helped him actually enjoy the process of developing a great essay. Coupled with her professionalism is Wendy's genuine care and concern for people. My son learned skills that will help him far beyond his college years!”

 

— Laurie

Pleasantville, NY

"Wendy taught me how to transform my scattered thoughts into a flowing personal narrative that spoke true to me. Between brainstorming, writing, and editing, she elevated my abilities as both a thinker and a writer while also helping me navigate this critical college application process. I am so thankful for her help in getting into my first choice school."

 

  – Eddie Tu

Pleasantville High School

Harvard University,  class of 2021

Writing with humor is hard enough, but to do so while marketing yourself to your dream school? Near impossible. Because of Wendy, I was able to write an essay that portrayed my voice and values the way I hoped to.

 

After applying, I received two personal emails from college admissions staff praising my essay. One counselor even said she “laughed out loud” and that it was one of the “best essays I have ever read.” Wendy was my lifeline during the stress of college admissions.

 

– Mia Dillon

University of Vermont, class of 2022

 

 

“I worked with Wendy over a four-year period, first, to become a better writer and second, to ensure that my college essay was the best writing I could produce. With her encouraging and thoughtful demeanor, Wendy brought out the best in me as a writer, reader, and thinker.  She was most inspiring in the college essay writing process as she pushed me fully to develop my essay ideas and gave me straight forward feedback. She kept me on track with deadlines for my drafts and final essays. I started high school as an underdeveloped writer, and I now embark on my college experience confident in my communication skills as a direct result of Wendy's guidance.”

 

— Noah

Hamilton College, Class of 2018

 

“Wendy Fried was the college essay writing consultant for both of my children. These two students have very different learning styles and goals yet Wendy "clicked" with both. One especially great aspect to Wendy (besides her manner and patience) is that she does not attempt to rewrite the student's essay in her words or words that she thinks a college will like. Her aim is to let the student's "voice" come through so the college really gets a feel for who the student is in the essay.  She is also great at editing, brainstorming, motivating, and words of encouragement! My daughter said she disliked writing and often procrastinates, but she looked forward to working with Wendy, set up her own appointments, and Wendy turned what could have been a painfully stressful college essay experience into a positive one!

 

— Amy, mother of two Horace Greeley graduates, Chappaqua, NY

Wendy understood the goal of my essay and helped me frame the message I wanted to send. With her guidance, I was able to tell my story clearly and effectively.”

 

— Maggie Sullivan
Boston College, Class of 2018

 

“Wendy was instrumental in helping me focus my college essay. From the jumble of ideas that was my first draft she helped me organize my thoughts and figure out what I wanted to say and how best to say it. She never just told me what to write, she helped me figure out how to say what I wanted to say. My essay came together really well and kept a strong consistent narrative voice throughout thanks to her.”

 

— Julia, Masters School

 

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