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College Entrance Essay Coach:
Laurie Lindeen

Open to: High school students who would like coaching and editorial support while writing their college entrance essays.

Word Limit: N/A

How It Works: Laurie meets with a student who has chosen an essay question or topic they’d like to explore for an hour-long one-to-one brainstorming, outlining, and getting-started session. Upon completing a draft, the student emails it to Laurie in a Word document attachment and within forty-eight hours Laurie will respond with editorial advice and commentary line-by-line, paragraph by paragraph. The student can use Laurie’s services as often or as little as has been determined by the student’s satisfaction, needs, and parental approval. Many past students have produced complete, polished, ready-to-go essays after working with Laurie for three hours on average. Past students have been admitted to NYU, USC, Wellesley College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Aberdeen (Scotland), Georgetown University, Columbia College, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, MIT, Oberlin College, and the University of Minnesota to name a few.

Price: $420 for the full package of pre-meeting, essay critique, and follow up polish meeting.

Turnaround: 2 business days

Laurie Lindeen Essay Critique

Class Level: Hourly

Base Price: $420.00

Laurie Lindeen is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Petal Pusher (Atria/Simon and Schuster) and various published and anthologized essays. She is an adjunct professor of Literature and Writing at the University of St. Thomas. She has been awarded the Geselle Award for Non-fiction, an Artist Initiative Grant, and was a finalist for the Bush Foundation award in 2009. What started as a favor for a family friend has turned into an in-demand service for students wanting assistance with their all-important college entrance essays. A longtime teaching artist at the Loft and the Writers in the Schools program as well as being the mother of a teenager, Laurie imparts support, wisdom, and calm, confidence-boosting guidance to her students while they navigate their entrance essays in their own words using their own unique voices.

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The best way to review what you'd get working with each editor is to review their specific page, but here is a summary of what each editor offers with general pricing. If you would like to contact an editor with specific questions before purchasing, email and we will forward your questions to them.

Prose: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Ellen Akins: Fiction & Memoir Manuscript Coaching ($2,100)
  • Lesley Arimah: Short Stories ($300 + 5 cents/word)
  • Ben Barnhart: Fiction (short stories and novels); Nonfiction; YA and Middle-Grade Fiction ($250 + 2 cents/word)
  • Bruce Berglund: Short, Long, or Book-Length Nonfiction ($250 + 2 cents/word)
  • Patricia Weaver Francisco: Short and Long Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction ($300 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Erin Hart: Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction—Short or Novel-Length; Query Letters ($150 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Heather McPherson: Book-Length Creative Nonfiction (including memoir, family history, essay, literary journalism, etc.) ($250 + 1.25 cents/word)
  • Lyda Morehouse: Book-Length Science Fiction and Fantasy ($250 + $1.75 cents/word)
  • Lee Oglesby: Creative nonfiction essays and book-length manuscripts ($125 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Esther Porter: Short, Long, or Novel-Length Fiction or Nonfiction ($300 + 2.5 cents/word)
  • Kathryn Savage: MFA application personal statements, residency and fellowship personal statements, short fiction, flash fiction, and prose poems ($300 + 2 cents/word)
  • Sarah Stonich: Short, Long, or Novel-Length Fiction or Nonfiction ($300 + 1.75 cents/word) or Query Letters ($130)
  • Stanley Trollip: Crime Fiction—Short or Novel-Length ($100 + 1.75 cents/word) or Query Letters ($110)
Screen- and Playwriting
  • Cristina Pippa: Short or Feature-length Screenplays and Plays ($50 + $3.50/page); Screenplay Treatment ($210)
  • Sarah Stonich: Screenplay Critique ($400 + 3.75/page)
  • Kathryn Kysar: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $12.50/page), Marketing Plan ($560)
  • Jude Nutter: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $17.50/page)
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Offerings for Teens