Essay Coach

Jared is an essay coach with over seven years of experience. He enjoys working with students to discover what sparks their interest, helping them find the right words to describe their unique motivations and insights behind a range of activities. While he understands how daunting the college application process can seem, he sees it as an invaluable opportunity for deep personal reflection, taking pride in pushing his students past template responses to express core truths.

Jared understands firsthand the transformational value of sharp narrative writing. As an undergraduate at Princeton, he wrote a personal essay for The Nassau Weekly that was optioned for film, setting him on a lifelong path as a writer. He went on to graduate magna cum laude in comparative literature, writing a fiction thesis that won the university’s inaugural Joyce Carol Oates award. Along the way he discovered a love of languages, spending his junior spring semester abroad in Cuba, and after college, working as a tutor and essay coach in Brazil and Mexico City. He returned stateside to write his first novel as part of NYU’s MFA fiction program, where he studied on the Jill Davis Fellowship. As a graduate student, he designed and taught an undergraduate creative writing workshop, refining a system to help students write with imagination and confidence.

Throughout his writing career, Jared has been a devoted teacher, whether he’s in a classroom, working one-on-one as an essay coach, or in the mountains leading a writing retreat for incoming Princeton freshmen. In every role, he hopes to show his students that writing is about tradition and experimentation. By paying close attention to what’s been done before, a writer learns what excites them, what to emulate, and where to take the most meaningful, memorable risks.