Essay and Writing Coaching

Since 2001, I’ve been helping students, grad students, medical residency physicians, ESL students and many others write their admissions essays or personal statements. I’ve taught my methodology at Duke University, through the 826 Valencia program, at the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, and with dozens of individual clients.

My aim is to see you exactly where you are, help you find your voice, and then give you the confidence to share that voice in a way that invites your readers to get to know the very best of who you can become if you get into your program of choice. I will champion the hell out of you in a way that will give you confidence, not only in your writing, but in your life, as well. I specialize in working with ESL students who also could use some help navigating American university admissions culture. I also offer in-person or Skype interview coaching, as well.

Why Alex I’ve worked with hundreds of writers, startups, artists, entrepreneurs, corporations, physicians, scientists, small business owners, and everyone in between. I’ve created a proprietary methodology that combines techniques from Improv, social psychology and Quantified Self to create personalized, structured steps for each individual client. In fact, I’m now writing a book of the methodology, called Suitcase to Mars.

Think You Hate Writing? You might not say that after we work together. My aim is to not only help you write your essay (and don’t even think about asking me to write it for you), but to also help you gain confidence in your skills as a writer for the rest of your career, and life. Please look through my testimonials for examples.

Contact and Rates Contact me at alex (at) suitcasetomars (dot) com to enquire about writing coaching. Rates start at $150 per session (one hour one-on-one plus up to three pages of developmental editing) or $500 per month for ongoing coaching and developmental editing. My essay rates start at $600 for undergraduate essays and $900 for specialized (law school, PhD programs, etc). Each year, I work with 1-2 students at a much reduced rate; please email me if you’d like to apply.