Resources for Help with College Essay

The College Essay Guy: - Free simple and straightforward essay guidance in a clean and clear user interface.

Writopia Labs:, 212-222-4088 – workshops to help juniors and seniors identify unique and meaningful personal stories, and give them the space and guidance to tell those stories in their own authentic voices. Writopia operates on a sliding scale – you pay what you can afford.

In Your Voice:, 917-648-8639 - Leslie Seifert meets with students one-on-one to clarify the subject and focus of the college essays, then provides regular feedback throughout the revision process. Leslie was editor of the Sunday Opinion section of Newsday for 9 years, commissioning and editing essays from writers around the world. He has worked as a print journalist for over 30 years.

Don't Sweat The Essay:, 855-99-ESSAY- Award-winning writer, journalist & professor of writing will guide you through the process with skill, compassion, and insight. Scholarships are available. Visit for an article about this service.

Story to College:, 646-380-2094 - Workshops teaching high school students to tell their own stories in their own voice.

Shea Dean

Betsy Rappaport: - Professional book editor and writer for 30 years. Her admissions essay information is on her website, under "products and services".

Tutor Associates: - Summer program that goes from soup to nuts - role plays interviews, discusses how to schedule the year, they fill out the common application etc, etc., and the student ends up with an essay.

The Beacon School Writing Workshop: To help students initiate the crucial essay writing process, we are very excited to offer a unique "Essay Writing Boot Camp", designed to help students kickstart their personal statement for the Common App. The program will include:

• Small group brainstorming & discussion workshop - 120 min. (groups limited to 6 students or fewer)                 

• One-on-one coaching with an essay specialist - 30 min. remote editing, 30 min. in-person consultation       

Cost of the Essay Writing Boot Camp: $300                                                                                                                            Date for the Group Brainstorming and Discussion Workshop: Thursday, August 30

To register or inquire further, please reach out to Private Prep NYC Partner Zachary Gilman by e-mail at or by phone at (610) 952 2150