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Essay Writing Services:

Individiual Tutoring. One-on-one guidance through any or all of the essay writing process.

Essay Review. A great option to consider if you're looking for feedback on an essay that's already been written or is nearing completion.

General Writing Tutoring. For high school and college students who need extra writing help. I also  have experience—and enjoy working with— students with learning differences.



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Sharon Epstein college essay coach, interview skills coach
  • 754,545 Common Application Essays were submitted for 2013-2014
  • 1,763,180 writing supplements were submitted
  • 203 countries represented



First Impressions College Consulting

Proudly providing college essay writing, interview skills, 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

Emmy Award
Writers Guild Award Winner
Writers Guild Award

Two-Time Emmy Nominee for Writing


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Award-Winning Writing Expertise

I spent the first half of my professional career producing and writing for television.  I'm proud to say that I received a Writers Guild Award and two Emmy Award nominations.

When my friends began asking me to review their children's college essays and coach them on their interview skills, I discovered how much I love teaching.

Now I teach my students what I know so well — how to write compelling stories that people remember.


College Application Essay Writing with Start-to-Finish Guidance

I cover all aspects of college, transfer, prep school,  graduate school, and medical school application essay writing, from brainstorming to completion.

Identification of Each Student's Strengths
I get to know each student. One of the first things I do is to learn about each student's unique qualities and point of view. During  a series of fun brainstorming exercises students begin to answer essential questions, including, "What makes me unique?" "What are my strengths?" "What are my interests and values?" and "How do I best convey who I am to the college?"

Correct Topic Choice
Once I understand the student's accomplishments, life experiences, and personal viewpoint, I  can guide him or her to  the best possible college essay topic and then through a successful writing experience.

Writing Technique
I teach my students the storytelling techniques they need to know to create an interesting, compelling, and memorable  essay. They learn how to capture and hold a reader's attention, craft interesting sentences, make good word choices, and end strongly. 

Individual Attention

Not all students work at the same level. Some students may need more help figuring out what makes them unique and special, others may need help organizing their thoughts or choosing the right words. I identify the problem areas so they can craft an excellent essay.

Proven Results
The result is a unique, compelling and well-written essay that represents the student in the best possible light, and one that is sure to be noticed.  This is a list of my students' college acceptances.

Additional Benefits:
    •    Less Family Stress. Parents don't need to be the "essay police." I take on that responsibility. 
    •    Pride of Ownership. The student is always the writer. I never write any part of the essay.
I Work with You at Any Stage of the Process. If you don't need support through the entire essay, let me know. I assist at any point, whether it's helping to brainstorm a topic, sending comments on a draft, or doing a final proof.  


Where Do We Meet?
 I work in-person, over the phone, by Skype, Facetime, and email, depending on your location and preference.

I also use Google docs, which allows me  to view and make changes on the same document as the student in real time (no special software needed). I can immediately see if the student needs clarification or additional suggestions.

International Students

I work with students all over the world. International students might be interested in my article, "Writing College Admissions Essays — An International Student's Guide," published by i-studentglobal.

Essay Coaching Fees
 •  Sessions are billed at an hourly rate. Please contact me for more information.


If you'd like feedback on an essay that's already been written or is nearing completion, consider an Essay Review.

An Essay Review is an excellent choice if: 

  • You want an experienced opinionabout the essay's impact.
  • You aren't sure if it's the best topic.
  • It doesn't quite sound like your student.
  • You'd like suggestions on writing technique.
  • You're working on a limited budget.

I'll carefully review your essay for topic choice, content, story-telling ability, structure, grammar, and spelling.  My detailed comments will include: 

  • An overview of the essay's strengths and weaknesses.
  • Specific, paragraph-by-paragraph suggestions for ways to improve the essay.

  • At least 2 pages of returned comments.

One student's dad recently wrote to me: "Thank you very much. This is tremendous feedback, well above and beyond my expectations."

Essay Review Cost:

Up to 650 words: $185.  Over 650 words: $225

I'd be delighted to comment on a follow-up draft: $75.

Additional Editing Services

Final Proofreading

$50. (This is a "light" round of edits, proofreading and  polishing for typos, errors in punctuation, grammar choice, etc., and flagging obvious weaknesses)

General Writing Tutoring

For high school and college students who need extra writing help. I also  have experience—and enjoy working with— students with learning differences.

Free Essay Consultation
If your son or daughter has written an essay and you're wondering if it needs additional attention, send it to me. I'll let you know if it's headed in the right direction, free of charge. Please note that a free consultation is not an essay review (see above).


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