Do you need someone to take a look at a few college application essays? Do you have a short amount of time?
The Draft Review plan is for students who are strong writers and committed to revision.
You might also be seeking a low-cost, high-engagement, short-term editorial process. That’s exactly what my Draft Review plan provides.
In four days, students receive at least three rounds of feedback from me in what I call a “talk in the docs” exchange.
- For example, a student submits up to 1200 words by Wednesday night.
- By Thursday, the student receives round #1 of notes from me via a narrative summary and line edits.
- I work fast across 1-4 essays (up to 1200 words), and the student dives in nightly to make edits on each prompt.
- By Sunday night, a student submits last edits, and gets a final round of comments from me by Monday.
Consider this plan if you meet a number of these criteria:
- You’re a student who’s done more than three drafts of your college essay, and has mulled over it a while. This is a key prerequisite, because the rough ideas/half-done essays can’t really be wrangled in a four-day period.
- You feel fairly confident about the topics and ideas in the essay, and how they’re expressed. You aren’t keen on starting over, because you believe in what you’ve generated thus far, and feel it truly represents you.
- You have four days where you can edit at least 30 minutes a day.
- You like working asynchronously via documents.
- You don’t need live interaction to make your next set of edits.
- You want a grammar and mechanics check as well as a read for structure and flow. Maybe you’d also like to ask a few questions about diction, details, or voice.
- You already have some feedback from other sources–maybe a college essay counselor, or a parent, or an English teacher–and you need help unifying these comments into one coherent set of edits.
- This plan has also worked well with students who saw me for a short-term plan prior, who quickly mastered the strategies I taught, and are bringing me draft #4, #5, or #6. I tell students to do at least five drafts of each essay before submitting.
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Consider other plans if
- You don’t consider yourself a strong writer.
- You have a very rough draft or first draft.
- You need help with generating ideas, or aren’t sure about the ideas you’ve explored in this essay.
- You need more than four days to grapple with these writing tasks.
- You need live coaching to help you move your writing along.
The good news is, I have other plans for just that type of support.
I’m here for a range of student needs and readiness. If you have that draft ready for its last pair of eyes, then let’s see what a Draft Review can do for you!