Tell your story, attend your dream school.

80% of valedictorians don’t get into their first choice schools. 75% of qualified applicants are rejected from top-tier universities.


Their essays fail to distinguish them.

First, you need a story

to tell.

Constructing your personal narrative begins now. 


Writing is an art; the college essay is a science.

Living is both.


Working with The Writing Sage was amazing! She taught me more than any of my English teachers did. We worked together to plan and revise my college essays and supplements. I'm now enrolling at Trinity, Dublin!

—  Leah, Student

Students, you feel like your entire future hinges on 650 words. 

You have a story to tell, but you can't figure out the right angle. You're ready to run off and join the circus just to avoid this painful process. (Psst! It doesn't have to be painful! Also, circuses are cool.) 

Parents, I'm guessing it's been a minute since you applied to college? 
The rules of the game are rapidly evolving, and this will be an especially unusual and competitive year. Imagine being able to relax knowing your child's applications are in the hands of an expert. 
Why hire an
application strategist?
Students who work with a qualified consultant are guaranteed to outperform their competition by avoiding common mistakes that lead to rejection, selecting strategic essay topics that make them stand out from others, having an application strategy (it begins junior year!), and staying ahead of deadlines without the typical stress and burnout. 
Enter moi, your college coach & new best friend.
I'm Lianne, a Yale alum who's helped hundreds of students gain admission to their top choice schools. (Yes, including the Ivies!) I can help you, too.  
Why work with me?
I bring humor and compassion into a process that can otherwise feel demoralizing. I encourage students to embrace the process as an opportunity for self-reflection and growth. I provide insider tips gleaned from over a decade of admissions experience. And I have a damn good track record. 
The skills students learn from me serve them throughout their lives.
The ability to express oneself in writing is an invaluable skill, yet most students struggle to get their thoughts on the page. When you sign up to work with me, you are investing in not only your child's future but also his, her, or their efficacy as a writer.
Before you can write about your story, you need to live it! Together, we'll outline your next three semesters. 
Back to School
Why you need to start now


Comprehensive consulting 

Strategic planning of all supplements

& personal statements

Organizational support & time-management

Weekly coaching calls & progress reports

Unlimited line edits & revisions

Customizable packages to meet each student's needs