A Bloc of Writers to Offer “College Essay Help Desk” throughout October

a-bloc-of-writersReady to Hit SEND by the November 1 EA/ED Deadline? Michele Turk of A Bloc of Writers  is offering a series of affordable one-on-one sessions at Elton’s Cafe in the lower level of Greenwich Library.

A Bloc of Writers is a Greenwich-based writing, editing and tutoring company.

“If you’ve been writing (and rewriting) your Common App personal statement, but it still doesn’t seem quite right, a private meeting with one of our essay experts can help you wrap up your essay in time to hit send,” said Turk.

Here’s how it works: Send them a draft of your Common App essay and then meet with an essay tutor during a 30-minute session. You can also sign up for a meeting if you need help fine-tuning and polishing your supplemental essays.

Meetings will take place at Elton’s Café (lower level of the Greenwich Library).

The dates and times are as follows:

Monday, October 17, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 22, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

“The assumption by some parents and students is that the main reason they need to show their essays to someone is to correct grammar and punctuation, said Turk. “While this is necessary, it’s more important to evaluate the tone and content, not whether they put a comma in the right place,” said Turk. “In other words, you need to show it to someone who knows what makes a good essay.”

Turk said that often times, parents, your best friend, even an SAT tutor are unlikely to be very helpful when it comes to this. While a guidance counselor or English teacher can evaluate the essay, they probably don’t have time to offer substantial feedback at this point. The Bloc of Writers staff is made up of published writers, editors and teachers who have written and edited books and published countless articles and essays (one tutor just received honorable mention in the prestigious book, Best American Essays 2016!). To read staff bios, visit www.ablocofwriters.com.

Please note: Students must send their essays 24 hours beforehand to secure a time slot with one of our editors. There is a fee and payment is required in advance. To inquire email [email protected] or call 203-622- 2968.

Michele TurkMichele Turk has worked as a writer and editor for two decades. Her articles have appeared in Business Week, USA Weekend, Parents and Parenting magazines, among others. She has worked an adjunct professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University and is the author of Blood, Sweat and Tears: An Oral History of the American Red Cross, and co-editor of Ink Stained, a collection of essays published by members of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Class of 1992.