You already have the story. You just need help telling it.

Essay coach Nick Gowen believes every student has a story worth telling, and he knows how important that story is during the college application process. After all, schools don't admit résumés; they admit people with unique voices and rich backgrounds.  

Nick helps students uncover their perfect story and build a unique, polished essay that reveals the person behind the test scores and service hours. Other editing services simply spell-check; Nick teaches students how to transform their writing into original, compelling stories that will wow their readers. (Don’t worry — he spell-checks, too.)

Nick combines video chat, phone, and email correspondence to provide thorough and efficient consulting — whether you’re polishing your final draft or still staring at an empty document. Choose a package below and start telling your best story today.


$50 per essay

  • Polish to perfection
  • Free your essay of spelling, grammatical, & mechanical errors
  • Email, phone, or video chat to review corrections & suggestions
  • Return time: 1 business day

 $150 per essay

  • Essential for Common App essay
  • Work one-on-one to find your best story, construct the essay, & revise unlimited drafts
  • Includes Proofreader
  • Average time to final draft: 5 days

Customized price

  • Most popular package
  • Full guidance through all written components of your applications: personal statements, supplemental essays, & short answers
  • 500-word essays require 2-3 hrs.


Acceptance letters. 80% of surveyed students got into their top-choice schools, including Princeton, Stanford, Brown, Washington and Lee, and American universities.

Scholarships. Students who have worked with Nick since 2011 were offered over $8 million in scholarship money.

Free time. Don’t waste days staring at a blank screen. Nick gets students writing in under an hour.

Happiness. 100% of surveyed students would recommend Nick’s services to their friends.


Stress. Nick guides students through the full writing process, from uncovering the perfect story to polishing punctuation.

Uncertainty. Nick knows exactly what colleges look for in an applicant’s essay, so you’ll never waste your words.

Hassle. Students applying to several schools can strategize with Nick so their essays fit multiple schools’ essay prompts. (Better to write five excellent essays than 50 mediocre ones.)

Have more questions about Nick's coaching services? Read his frequently answered questions.

"Nick helped my son write a knock-your-socks-off essay! He worked with my son to discover a meaningful narrative and then transform it into an authentic, original college application essay that stood out from the crowd. My son got in early decision to Wake Forest University; I am forever indebted to Nick for that."

— Venessa, parent of Wake Forest '18 admit

Nick helped me get my ideas out of my head and onto the paper. He knew what the colleges were looking for and helped me find the best experiences I had to write about. Whether sorting out topics or reviewing an essay for the fifth time, Nick was always available, helpful, constructive, and timely!

— Katherine, Lafayette College '18

I remember getting stressed from just looking at the college essay prompts because I had no clue what to write about. After one call with Nick, I was no longer stressed because he helped me pick the best topic I could - and he helped me shape it into a strong and appealing college essay!

— Xavier University '18 admit

I just wanted to let you know that I'm still using all of the tools and techniques you taught me while helping me with my college essays. Just thought I would thank you again. 

— E-mail from Tyler, Centre College '17

Ready to tell your story to your dream school? Choose a package and start working with Nick today.