College Application Essay Coach
Candace Kearns 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 has helped 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.
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 the student. Her approach helps young writers generate ideas and 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 own 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!
Candace’s consulting services vary depending on the needs of the student, and can be adapted to suit your family’s schedule. We will do much of our work via email. 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 proven 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, and how many essays the student would like to work on, the entire process from beginning to end will take between 4 and 16 weeks.
Billing is $80.00 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 average cost for families is $1,280.00 for an 8-week coaching engagement.
To schedule your free initial consultation, please contact Candace at or feel free to call her at (303) 877-3941.
About Candace
Candace Kearns grew up in Los Angeles and is an award-winning writer of numerous 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. 
Her own screenplays have been in development at Fox, Disney, HBO and Lifetime.
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, Denver Center for Performing Arts 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 two children, a dog and a cat.