Individualized Writing and Editing


Face to Face or Online: at your convenience

I work individually or in small groups, and remotely via FaceTime or Skype.  Lessons are personalized to fit the particular needs of the client, and address the specific problems. Writing is meticulously critiqued for grammar, syntax, organization, and punctuation errors. Clients will come away with something that is not only thoughtful, concise, and well organized, but with a clear understanding of how to transform an uninspired piece of writing into one that is uniquely their own.


Deirdre is wonderful! I could not recommend her more highly. She has worked with my kids at LACES on high school papers and college application essays. (My daughter is now a Sophomore at the University of Michigan). She is a kind and smart mentor for young people who are looking to do their best writing and convey their unique thoughts on their applications for college or graduate school. She has worked with HS, college, and  graduate students for many years, and also is very knowledgeable about the college/grad school  application process-- and she is a mom of teens. Plus, she is a skilled writer herself.

                Darby Bayliss, parent  of Maeve, University of Michigan, class of 2021

I took Deirdre's course "Building a Bridge to Graduate Studies" in USC's Masters Preparation Program. Before that, as an international student, I knew little about college and grad school applications in America. Deirdre provided us with comprehensive guidance on each step of the process, including topics about university selections, essay writing, and interviews. And she carefully reviewed and polished my personal statement essay. With that essay and the skills she taught me, I applied and got into the Post-baccalaureate Studies Program at Columbia University! Those skills are still helping me now in my applications for MA in economics programs. For students who need help to build a bridge to your dream school, I would highly recommend Deirdre's services.

              Yinjie Wu

              Postbaccalaureate Studies Program

              Columbia University

My experience with Deirdre was like no other. She supported me through the entire writing process for my Common Application essay. By pinpointing the exact components of my essay that were lacking, she helped me make strides towards crafting a cohesive narrative. She was able to help me strengthen the fundamental message of my essay and find my unique writing voice in the process.  I highly recommend her to anyone seeking guidance on their college application essays!   

              Ethan S.

              University of California, Berkeley, class of 2023

I used WriteWell when I was working on my Statement of Purpose Essay for Grad School. Deirdre Higgins was particularly helpful in brainstorming with me because I wasn’t sure what to say or what the most effective way to say it might be. My SOP turned out beautifully, rich with details; it fully expressed who I am. 

            Leslie H. 

            Columbia University School of Social Work