College Application Essay Coach

Candace Kearns Read (BFA Dramatic Writing, MFA Creative Nonfiction) is uniquely qualified to assist high school students with their college application essays. She has over 20 years of experience helping writers develop their true stories into meaningful and compelling writing, and she has helped literally thousands of writers conceptualize, draft, revise and polish their work to achieve their writing goals.

We all have a great story to tell, and a great way to tell it. Candace will help you find that story and shape it into a powerful personal statement and/or supplemental essay for your college applications.

Candace’s consulting services vary depending on the needs of the student, and can be adapted to suit your family’s schedule.

Personal Statement and Supplemental Essay Coaching

Through a combination of emails, phone calls, and in-person meetings or Skype calls, Candace will coach your high school student through the entire essay writing process. She will not write the essay for your student! Her approach helps young writers generate ideas, develop, draft and revise their essay until it sparkles.

By analyzing essay prompts, studying models of successful application essays, and completing Candace’s unique and powerful brainstorming exercises, students will find the best subject for their essay as well as the best style and structure to effectively communicate that subject.  The goal is to develop the student’s unique voice and allow it to show through on the page of your personal statements and supplemental essays.

Because, remember…

The colleges you want are looking for the essay only you can write!

We will do much of our work via email in order to accommodate your family’s busy schedule. After an initial live meeting (either in person or via Skype) we will begin bi-weekly email exchanges. Students are given a weekly assignment to be reviewed and critiqued by Candace, after which she will give the student feedback and assign the next week’s activity.

Through this process, high school students will benefit from Candace’s highly successful brainstorming exercises, topic generation and development strategies, structural and stylistic guidance, and revision coaching.

The Bottom Line

Depending on how much the student has already developed their essay before working with Candace, the entire process from beginning to end will take between 4 and 16 weeks.

Billing is $65.00 an hour, with an expected pace of two billing hours per week. This includes phone calls, Skype or in-person meetings, reading and critiques, and preparation of each student’s individualized assignments for the week.

The minimum cost for families is $260.00 for a 4-week coaching contract, and the maximum is $1,040.00 for a 16-week coaching contract.

To schedule your free initial consultation, please contact Candace at or feel free to call her at (303) 877-3941.

About Candace

Candace Kearns Read grew up in Los Angeles and is an award-winning writer of essays and articles. She has worked for over 16 years as writing faculty in university classrooms, K-12 classrooms, and online writing centers. She has extensive experience as a private tutor for K-12 students.

Prior to becoming a nonfiction writing teacher and coach, Candace was a professional screenwriter and developmental editor in the film industry.  She worked at the talent agencies ICM and WME in Los Angeles for many years as a story analyst and as a personal script reader for Anthony Hopkins, Marlon Brando, Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Denzel Washington, Nicolas Cage, John Wells Productions, Castle Rock Productions, and Village Roadshow Pictures among many others.

Candace holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York University. She has taught creative writing, screenwriting, composition, and literature for National University, Antioch University, Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Lighthouse Young Writers Program.

She has published three nonfiction books: The Rope Swing (2016) Bogie’s Bike (2015) and Shaping True Story into Screenplay (2013).

She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her son Russell, daughter Rachel and their three dogs, Snowball, Ruby and Champ.