writer | college essay coach

Coaching

I help people write well…

… by revealing their authentic voices and important stories. My methods are based on current pedagogy and the experience of teaching writers of all levels and ages for over thirty years.

I help teenagers write outstanding personal essays to support acceptance into their chosen colleges. My school and library workshops are interactive, lively, creative, and they get results. My experience with teaching and coaching allows me to provide critical feedback without drama.

I help parents and school counsellors who have been told to “back off” by a teenager when help is offered. The personal essay required for college applications is a formidable obstacle for many. Interaction with a knowledgeable, funny, gentle, positive, writing coach is key. The list of my clients who have been accepted at their chosen colleges is long and impressive. More importantly, the writer has found their strongest voice.

I help writers find their stories, discover their histories, shape, and perfect their prose. As a published author who has experienced great success and crushing defeat, and as a devoted teacher, I relate well to even the most blocked and struggling writers.

If there is such a thing as teaching to "the whole child," I would describe Molly as "a whole teacher" who helped me as a former English teacher and once-aspiring writer to rediscover my inner writer-self. It was wonderfully transformative and I found myself back in touch with that deep part of me that was somehow buried underneath my layers of unconscious doubts and insecurities. Molly's small group process approach was perfect for helping each of us learn to open up and express ourselves and my guess is we'll all keep coming back for more. What I liked most about Molly's style is that it is completely authentic and equal so that when we leave class, we leave feeling that if she can do it, we can do. My guess is that many of us may end up getting published and Molly's stimulus and on-going inspiration will probably be the root cause of it. ~Workshop Student

On just finishing the first draft of my first novel, I can honestly say I wouldn't have done it without taking Molly's class. While I had many ideas and starts before her class, the structure and guidance she gave in her nurturing and professional way helped give me the boost I needed to really delve into this project. ~Workshop Student

My book Pitch Perfect, How to Write a Successful College Admission Essay contains valuable guidance for writers of all ages, cutting through the fluff and compressing an entire writing class between its covers.

Writing a college essay is no simple task, yet it is not an insurmountable one either. Even though they consist of only a handful of paragraphs, they are very intimidating for the effect the essay has over one’s application. For me, it was important to write a solid essay in order to define myself as a strong candidate, showing I was more than just a few numbers. Moynahan helped me through this delicate process of dealing with a very personal subject while trying to organize a succinct idea and message for the essay. Through the drafts, the essay improved dramatically from a disorganized and frayed essay, into a polished and coherent final product. I highly recommend using Molly in your endeavors in applying for colleges, for having a sidekick to help you through one of the most vital aspects of this process is essential. ~Client

Molly has crafted a class filled with engaging writing activities and inspirational writing assignments. Each week, I leave class with lots of ideas. Molly's critiques are always thoughtful, constructive, and encouraging. If you are looking for a class that motivates you to write, take Molly's class. ~Oliver Seay, Workshop Student

He shared his essays and I was blown away. Thank you so, so much for helping him and lifting a huge weight from his shoulders. His college counselor had no edits and said he did a great job of showing who he was! He came home really happy with the work you did together and said you were great to work with. ~Client

If there is such a thing as teaching to "the whole child", I would describe Molly as "a whole teacher" who helped me as a former English teacher and once-aspiring writer to rediscover my inner writer-self. It was wonderfully transformative and I found myself back in touch with that deep part of me that was somehow buried underneath my layers of unconscious doubts and insecurities. Molly's small group process approach was perfect for helping each of us learn to open up and express ourselves and my guess is we'll all keep coming back for more. What I liked most about Molly's style is that it is completely authentic and equal so that when we leave class, we leave feeling that if she can do it, we can do. My guess is that many of us may end up getting published and Molly's stimulus and on-going inspiration will probably be the root cause of it. ~Workshop Student

Molly Moynahan has been a surprising and beautiful find for me. I have taken two workshops with her - summer of 2009 and spring 2010. Working with Molly has made my practice, dedication and involvement to the writing process more sane, less scary, a lot more fun and more productive. She structures her lessons and critique sessions so really any level writer can participate and get good and necessary information for their writing. The most important things she will ask you for is a commitment to make the effort, to be honest, and to listen to yourself and those around you. She is super supportive, incredibly fun to be with, and extremely knowledgeable about the craft. ~Workshop Student

Beginning or experienced writers in search of an instructor need look no further than Molly Moynahan. An excellent author herself (read "Stone Garden"), she is also patient, funny and positive. It was one of her writing prompts that gave me the idea for my latest project! Seriously, seek out Molly as a teacher – you'll be glad you did. ~Workshop Student


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