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Television and Film Producing

  • Writer/Producer, Martha Stewart Living
  • Assistant Film Coordinator, Sisters
  • Assistant Producer, Another World
  • Executive Producer, The Exchange, a daily, live talk show
  • CableAce Award
  • UPI Award


Daytime Writing

  • Script writer, All My Children
  • Script writer, Guiding Light
  • Script writer, Another World
  • Writers Guild Award, "Outstanding Script"
  • Six Writers Guild Award Nominations
  • Two Daytime Emmy Award Nominations, "Outstanding Script"


Speaker

  • Programs: "The ABC's of Writing a Great College Application Essay," "Less Stress, More Success: Writing College Application Essays"
  • Extensive lectures with college admissions officers on writing college essays
  • Run a college essay writing workshop


College Interviewer

  • Ten years participation in alumni interviewing for Cornell University (CAAN)


Contributor

  • i-studentglobal.com. An international education information resource providing expert information and guidance to help international students plan their futures.
  • Hersam-Acorn Newspapers education section.
  • Redding and Brookfield Hamlethub.
  • Weston-Redding-Easton Connecticut Patch.

Blog Writer


Public Speaking Coach

  • Coach political candidates in interview and public speaking skills
  • Teach speakers how to capture and maintain an audience's attention
  • Train non-profit leaders to communicate effectively


Writing Consultant

  • Author/coach helping new writers find their unique writing style and voice


Website Writer and Content Developer

  • Newsletter editor for a medical website
  • Wrote and developed award-winning garden club website


Education

  • Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts in English. Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in All Subjects
  • Boston University, Masters of Science in Broadcasting, specializing in writing and media organization


A Connecticut native, my husband and I have lived in Redding since 1995.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree from Boston University's College of Communication.

After a 20 year career in television that included a Writers Guild Award for All My Childrenand two Emmy® Award nominations, I founded First Impressions College Consulting.


What's a soap opera writer doing teaching college essay writing?


It was a career change that I never anticipated. When my friends' children started applying to college, they asked me if I would read their children's college application essays and teach them how to  interview.  And a wonderful thing happened—I discovered how much I love teaching.


So what is a soap writer doing teaching college essay writing? A soap opera writer's job is to create interesting and compelling stories that capture and hold the viewer's attention. That's exactly what a college application essay needs to do.


I work with my students to find their story. Together,  we explore ideas and identify the best topics; I then teach them the writing skills they need to write a great college application essay.


I'm proud to say that college admissions officers have remembered and complimented my students' essays.


I also communicate extensively with college admissions officer on college essay writing.  I know first-hand what colleges look for (and what makes them cringe) when they read college application essays.

As an award-winning writer, I understand how to unlock a person's unique point of view and writing style.

As a communications expert, I've taught hundreds of people the secrets to a good interview.

It's all about identifying your best ideas and helping your individuality shine through.

That's what I love to do.

Sharon Epstein college essay and interview coach

College Essay Specialist, Resume Writing and Interview Skills Coach

ABOUT SHARON EPSTEIN

I learned the art of storytelling writing

soap operas.

As a script writer for "Another World," "All My Children" and" Guiding Light,"  my job was to capture the viewers' attention.   Every scene I wrote, whether funny, sad, emotional or suspenseful, needed to propel the story forward in a compelling and meaningful way. 


I had 35 characters living in my head at one time. (Sometimes it was noisy in there!)  Each one spoke, thought, connived, schemed, loved, and laughed in his or her own way. It was fun trying to find new ways to write the stories. For example, when Paulina on "Another World" received a bouquet of roses from her boyfriend Jake, with whom she was furious, she broke up with him by picking up a pair of scissors and one by one cutting the heads off the stems right in front of him.


While the characters weren't real, I needed to write emotions and feelings that were. I did that by understanding each character's strengths and weaknesses, and then finding the heart in their stories. When the stories were told well, at the end of the of the day, the viewers would want to come back for more.


This is the art I teach my students—how to find the heart in their stories, and then how  to write a compelling story that captures the reader's attention and doesn't let go. That is what a  great application essay has to do.

Sharon Epstein
First Impressions College Consulting

Proudly providing college essay writing, interview skills and resume writing tips in Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport, Wilton Connecticut, and surrounding towns. Plus world-wide on the Internet.

contact: +1 203-938-9199

info@FirstImpressionsCollegeConsulting.com

Emmy Award

Two-Time Emmy Nominee for Writing

Writers Guild Award

Writers Guild Award Winner