Ethan Glasserman
He/Him
Ethan Glasserman

About

I’m a writer. Not a college guidance counselor, not an expert on admissions—a writer. For the last twelve years, I’ve been devoted to writing fiction. Back in the day, I also wrote screenplays, a webseries, comedy pieces, and two parody novels I self-published. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in psychology, I completed an M.F.A. in creative writing at Boston University. Over more than a decade of studying fiction line by line and holding myself to an exacting standard, I’ve learned how to tell a story.

What I have to offer is expertise in writing and a perspective that isn’t limited by the confines of the college admissions process. While I can give you a few general pointers about the broader application process, a strength of mine is that I have a rich personal and professional life outside of this field. Throughout college and graduate school, I’ve studied a range of subjects, including computer science, statistics, neuroscience, filmmaking, literature, and ...

Ethan helped students get into:
Harvard University
Harvard University
Ethan helps with…
College Applications & Essays
School-Specific Supplemental Essays
Berkeley
7 years of experience
Harvard University – BA | Psychology with a minor in Computer Science
Boston University – MFA | Creative writing- - fiction
Psychology
Film and Photography
Computer Science
Creative Writing
English Literature
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words
Curious, blunt, driven, kind

🙏
Best piece of advice
Don't mix metaphors

💭
Dream job
Psychoanalyst

📚
Favorite book
The Brothers Karamazov

📓
Favorite subject in school
English

🪄
Hobbies
Reading fiction, watching foreign films, cooking curries

My process

In my view, the purpose of essays is to tell the college something they don’t already know from your other materials. By the time they read your essay, they know your grades, your interests, and your activities. But colleges don’t admit a transcript or an activity list—they admit a person. Someone they believe will contribute to their campus. Generally speaking, this means they want students who will get out of their dorm room and be pleasant to be around. When I sit down with a student, I ask myself: what do I find most appealing about them? What are their strengths? How can I help them communicate those strengths on the page?

Also, what they are looking for depends on what kind of applicant you are. For example, for students with a strong background in STEM it’s generally (but not always) ill-advised to write about your love of astrophysics or quantum mechanics.

***FAQ***

Do I need a “hook”?



No. Many students get distracted searching for an attention-grabbing headline. What will make your essay strong is depth and detail. If you work on it enough, you’ll find material that the reader finds compelling.

How can I help?

I can catch your comma splices and fix your grammar, but what is most valuable is my understanding of story structure and narrative - the core of any strong essay. I will help you identify the story you want to tell and use classic storytelling techniques to make it sing.

How does the process work?

My process adapts to the student’s needs, but I’ll explain how I prefer to work. First, I like to spend 1-2 sessions getting to know the student, interviewing them. It’s essential that I understand not just what you study in school but what you value, what motivates you, and the little things that distinguish you from your siblings, neighbors, and classmates. It’s also important that you feel that I understand you and respect your values. After that, my preference is to attack the personal statement quickly, getting through the first two to three drafts as quickly as possible to discover the real story you want to tell. Once we are moving, I like to spend the first forty minutes of each session reviewing your work, giving you many, many edit suggestions and comments, and then the last twenty planning for what you are going to tackle next.

Packages

Starter Package

10 hours

This package is for you if you're looking for a little extra help.
$2,500($250/hr)
Save 9%

Full Package

25 hours

For students with a shorter list of schools or more initiative, 25 hours can be enough to carry them through from start to finish.
$5,625($225/hr)
Save 18%

Advising hours

College admissions advising

$275.00 / 60 min

Set a focus for each session or get help with any aspect of the admissions process.


Finding an idea for the personal statement

$412.00 / 90 min

Stuck on the personal statement? Out of ideas? I'll dig in to what makes you unique, and by the end of this session you'll have the opening to an exciting essay.


How to write the "Why X School" essay

$275.00 / 60 min

In my opinion, the "Why X school" essays are the toughest to write. In one hour, I'll teach you a useful structure to tackle these tricky supplements and get started on one specific school.


Writing the Harvard University supplemental essays

$412.00 / 90 min

Not sure what to write for Harvard's supplemental essays? I can explain what they're looking for and how to tackle them.

Essay review

Full Essay Review (First Time Discount)

$150.00 + 20 cents per word
Return time
  • Standard delivery: up to 48 hours
  • Guaranteed fast delivery: get your essay back in as little as: 24 hours +$80.00

Description

Discount for first-time customers.


Full Essay Review (I'm Thorough!)

$180.00 + 25 cents per word
Return time
  • Standard delivery: up to 48 hours
  • Guaranteed fast delivery: get your essay back in as little as: 24 hours +$80.00

Description

When I say I'm a thorough essay reviewer, I mean it. I provide feedback on all aspects of your writing, from the topic and core theme to commas. Choose this option if you're looking to be challenged.

Recent reviews

5.0(5 reviews)

“I've had other people edit some of my daughter's other essays, but this was by far--like leaps and bounds--more thorough, helpful and thoughtful than the other comments. Ethan clearly thinks about the big picture and how to create a cohesive story. He gave us lots to think about. Very impressed. "

Erika T.

“Ethan is fantastic - he really takes the time to think through all dimensions of the essay and provide thoughtful, actionable feedback. Both of my kids have worked with Ethan and he helped them understand how to make significant improvements in what we thought were already strong essays. Strongly recommend Ethan to anyone who is striving to submit a stand-out essay. "

Ari B.

“Ethan gave incredibly thoughtful, thorough and helpful feedback. As he states in his bio, he is candid. He is not going to simply tell you that your essay is excellent. Instead, he will explain why your writing is good and where it can be improved. I would highly recommend him."

Liaidan V.
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Any questions? Let’s hop on a quick call to learn more about your needs in the admissions process and how I can approach them
Berkeley
7 years of experience
Harvard University – BA | Psychology with a minor in Computer Science
Boston University – MFA | Creative writing- - fiction
Psychology
Film and Photography
Computer Science
Creative Writing
English Literature
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words
Curious, blunt, driven, kind

🙏
Best piece of advice
Don't mix metaphors

💭
Dream job
Psychoanalyst

📚
Favorite book
The Brothers Karamazov

📓
Favorite subject in school
English

🪄
Hobbies
Reading fiction, watching foreign films, cooking curries
Tips for success
1. Prepare for your first session
Plan out the questions and topics you'd like to discuss. If you'd like to work together in the long term, discuss expectations for each other.