College Application Essay Coaching

College applications can be daunting, but getting a head start helps relieve stress and encourages ownership of the process. I provide guidance as students begin their journey toward college entrance, encouraging them to honor their own personal stories, to discover their deepest beliefs, and to hone the writing and self-presentation skills needed to ensure their successes in college and beyond. At my Mighty Writing blog, I offer friendly and invaluable advice, such as why to start with an image (not a prompt), how to show your genius, the 1-2-3 steps to discovering your hero’s journey, and much more.

Mighty Writing College Application Essay Guide
(for Kindle and in paperback)

In collaboration with admissions consultant Irena Smith, Ph.D., I created the
Mighty Writing College Application Essay Guide, available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

“This is an expert, engaging, and truly helpful guide for any student staring down the ‘mouth of hell’ —the daunting college application essay process.”
     —Katherine Ellison, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention.

Initial Consultation

In our initial consultation, the student and I work together to find their most compelling topics for college application essays and to develop an individual essay writing strategy.

  • review of student’s personal inventory (to be completed before our meeting)
  • one hour-long meeting — either in person in Austin, or remotely through a video chat or phone conversation
  • personalized resources and writing tips
  • a 1-2 page summation of meeting, including essay development plans

Reserve a spot by prepaying, or contact me first at

Click here to buy a consultation — $160

Personalized Essay Coaching and Feedback

The most engaging and insightful college application essays require several rounds of revision. For students who would like to receive further guidance in the writing and revision process, I provide extensive written feedback to help shape drafts into polished essays that successfully and authentically help you put your best foot forward.

Click here to buy a 5-hour package — $450

Click here to buy a 10-hour package — $850


Fellowships, Post-Bacc, Graduate School Services

I also have experience with application essays for fellowships, post-bacc programs, graduate school and the like. Feel free to get in touch!

Click here to buy a 5-hour package — $450

Click here to buy a 10-hour package — $850


Contact Laurie Filipelli — or 512-415-6882