The path from idea to final draft involves acts of imagination, honesty, precision, and revision. At the core of our practice are the instructive interactions we design to inspire and align these acts.
Each Hillside coach is an accomplished writer, teacher, and editor responsive to the emotional experiences of writing. We model close attention and honest self-reflection.
Ways to Work with Hillside
Our coaching services reflect our belief in writing as a lifelong pursuit.
Our support for college-app writers ranges from single exploratory sessions to comprehensive one-on-one courses. We also support other applicants.
Comprehensive course for the main essay.
Exploratory launch for the main essay.
Improve a completed essay draft.
Plan and draft college-specific essays.
Extend work with a coach.
Asynchronous feedback on drafting.
Consultations to jumpstart the main essay.
Exploratory program for the transfer essay.
High school and graduate programs.
Introducing parents to the college-app essay project.
We cultivate a lively and imaginative artistic connection that is serious about pursuing the art of writing with fun and inventive approaches.
Whether providing a new writer with instruction and inspiration or an established author with feedback and direction, we uncover opportunities for progress.
In live talks, webinars, and junior class workshops, founder Allan Reeder opens fresh ways of seeing and thinking for students embarking on college-app writing.
What Clients Are Writing About Hillside Support
I was blown away by what Hillside helped my son to accomplish. I wasn't privy to anything but the final work. His essay really captures his personality. I almost had tears reading it. He is not a kid who uses superlatives, but he raved about the assistance and advice. I can't thank you enough for all your help.Parent, Newbury, MA
Thank you so much for all of your help, support, and encouragement in this challenging time for me. It meant a lot to know that you believed in me and in what I had to say. I will always laugh at that pessimistic kid who said he did not have anything to write about.Student, Lexington, MA
I really appreciate your focus on process. You've encouraged my daughter to slow down, and in doing so allowed space for reflection and self-discovery. I think that with teenagers, especially girls, the tendency is to deflect attention away from yourself. Looking inward is inherently more challenging.Parent, Sudbury, MA
You’ve been an invaluable mentor, kindling in me a passion not only for words but also for the often overlooked images in daily life and complexities in characters. Thank you for your meticulous and innovative coaching!Writer, Los Angeles, CA
My daughter had never had such one-on-one instruction, and I think your very thoughtful, gentle, and inquisitive approach to helping her express herself was a tremendous gift to give her. You always made her feel that her thoughts and impressions were important. I'm so thankful for the attention you paid.Parent, Wellesley, MA
Our son feels that his writing has improved enormously from working with you. His confidence has certainly been boosted. What a great experience for him!Parent, Belmont, MA
Free Seminar at the Wellesley Library
Please join us for Founder Allan Reeder’s instruction on launching the college-app essay!
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries
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