College Essay Coaching

We offer personalized coaching to help you write your best college admissions essay.

Our college essay process just might make you enjoy the college application process! Our expert creative writing instructors bring a passion for teaching and writing that will conquer the dread that sometimes accompanies this exercise. We believe that putting precise and powerful language to write your personal narrative produces a meaningful essay and also can be a rewarding experience. We maintain relationships with college admissions officers and trends, which helps us give you the best advice about how to put your best story forward.

College Essay Coaching Packages

START-TO-FINISH PACKAGE

Begin with proven creative techniques to pick an essay topic, then draft and revise to produce a final polished and well-crafted essay.

5.5 hours / $550

CRAFT & EDIT PACKAGE

For those who have a topic and a draft, we will work with you to produce a final polished and well-crafted essay.


3.5 hours / $350

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • When should I start my essay?

  • Do coaches help write an essay?

  • What if I don't finish within the allocated time?

  • Will you help with supplemental essays?

  • Why use Polyphony Lit for college essays?

When should I start my essay?
As early as possible. Did you know that many private prep schools require juniors to submit a draft essay before they leave for summer? There is a reason they use that word “prep.” By finishing your essay early, you can put your attention to fall semester classes which is important because first-semester grades are reported to colleges.

 

Do coaches help write an essay?
Our coaches will NEVER write an essay for a student. All of our coaches have MFA degrees (graduate creative writing degrees) and are trained in techniques and exercises that generate creative imagination, bust ideas about “proper topics,” ask questions, understand intent, and examine the structure and cohesion of the essay as a whole. 

 

What if I don’t finish within the allocated time?

Our coaches, all of whom have experience as high school and/or college teachers, have keen awareness of balance between pushing for a deadline and understanding if extensions of time will benefit the outcome. If after the allocated hours (5.5 or 3.5 hours depending on the package), the teacher and student agree that more time is warranted, we can permit students to pay for more editing hours at a rate of $100/hour. 

 

Will you help with supplemental essays?
If a coach and student wish to continue working together on the supplemental essays once the main essay is finished, the coaching relationship can continue at a rate of $100/hour.
 

Why use Polyphony Lit for college essays?
We are unusual as we are a nonprofit that is largely student-run. Our coaching services came about because of demand from our students. Since we are not profit-driven, we price our services in order to pay our staff fairly and at the same time try to be able to serve more students.

 
 
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