Testimonials

“Laurie Filipelli is a brilliant editor and teacher who has significantly improved the quality of my work. I’m confident I would not have a contract with Hyperion if it had not been for her editorial skills.”

— Hamilton Scott Beazley, Ph.D., author
“Your guidance throughout the application process surpassed all expectations and hopes. You led me to an essay that I was content with (something very rare for me), and gave me countless, enduring pieces of writing wisdom that I won’t soon forget. You have helped me become a better writer, editor, and observer. I am so grateful for everything you were able to coax from the page, and the positivity you brought to every revision. My only regret is that it lasted only a few weeks. Thank you for your optimism, craft, and thoughtfulness. Working with you was the highlight of my semester.”

— Austin Waldorf School Student
“I truly believe that your insightful questions made my son’s essays come alive. I don’t think he would have achieved the same results without you. Not only was he accepted at his first choice school, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, but he was given the Rensselaer Leadership Award which is a four-year merit scholarship.”

— Amy St. Angelo, parent
“Thank you a million times over for all the help you have given me! I received a full scholarship to Agnes Scott College. I have already recommended you to many of the juniors as a valuable resource for next semester!!! “

— Molly Wilson, student
“Laurie Filipelli is that rarest of hybrids: a prodigiously gifted and passionate writer and an equally gifted editor. She has an unerring ear for the beating pulse of a story and an uncanny ability to draw out the telling detail that brings an unformed draft to vivid life. Students who work with Laurie walk away not simply with essays that show them at their best; they walk away with a profound understanding of how to translate the messy welter of lived experience into lucid and compelling prose. In guiding her students, Laurie doesn’t dictate a way forward; rather, she challenges, she asks questions, she cracks jokes, and she engages them in a dialogue that remains ever respectful of their experience, their truths, and their voice. The result is a kind of alchemy in which raw material is transformed, through Laurie’s particular magic, into essay gold.

— Irena Smith, Ph.D., college admissions consultant
“I can’t tell you how much it’s meant to me to have someone with your knowledge, experience, and gift for teaching and editing help me with my poetry. Your excellent reading suggestions, spot-on critiques of my poems, and your enthusiasm for poetry and poetry-writing are worth far more than your hourly rate to me. I will recommend you to anyone who will listen.

— Eric Marin, attorney and editor of Lone Star Stories

List of College Acceptances

  • Barnard College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • George Mason University
  • Harvard University
  • Middlebury College
  • Pomona College
  • St. Andrews University, Scotland
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Santa Clara University
  • Scripps College
  • Southwestern University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas State University Honors College
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas at Dallas