California is home to millions of families who struggle economically. While many higher income students have private consultants to guide them through the college admissions process, lower and middle income students typically rely on high school guidance counselors who may have hundreds of students assigned to them.

The Write Direction offers free workshops and free or low-cost individual counseling services to help make the college admissions process fairer.

Free Group Workshops

Workshops are limited to 20 students and held at public locations such as libraries. We cover the basics of how to write a strong personal statement for the Common and Coalition applications and the University of California personal insight questions. All workshops are free, so that any interested high school junior or senior may attend.

One-on-One Counseling

Free or reduced cost: Students receive  one-on-one counseling to create a personal statement for a college admission or scholarship essay. We won’t write or rewrite essays for students, but we'll guide them through the process: brainstorming topics, structuring an essay,  providing feedback on their writing, and proofreading the final draft. Interested students must fill out a brief scholarship application, found here:


Affordable private counseling: Families with the ability to pay full price may request editing services at the rate of $50 an hour. 100% of the fee supports the mission of The Write Direction.

Editing and feedback are typically done remotely.  Students interested in receiving services may contact us here. Referrals are welcome from guidance counselors, social service agencies, churches, and other members of the community.

All counseling sessions will be held at a library or school near you or on-line—whatever is most convenient. If you’re a student interested in receiving services, contact us here and tell us more about yourself. Referrals are welcome from guidance counselors, social service agencies, and other members of the community.

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle

©2020 by The Write Direction

a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Tax ID# 81-4316251