Janine Robinson

Journalist, English teacher, author and blogger

A former journalist, English teacher and author, Janine Robinson is the leading writing coach in the world for teaching students how to write narrative-style essays for college applications. Her popular blog, Essay Hell, where she shares free tips, advice and strategies for writing standout college application essay, has received more 2 million visitors, and averages 10,000 visitors a day during the admissions "season" seeking her guidance.

Through her private coaching services from her hometown in Laguna Beach, California, and online platforms, she has helped students throughout the world craft essays that helped them get into all the most competitive colleges and universities.

While helping her own college-bound daughter in 2008, Janine realized that students are told to make their essay "About You" and to "Be Unique" and "Tell a Story," but no one had taught them how to do that with their writing. She couldn't believe the pressure and stress put on these dreaded essays.

Drawing off her extensive writing and editing experiences working with award-winning newspapers and magazines (The Miami Herald; Orange County Register; Los Angeles Times,Entreprenuer Media, ...) , Janine began developing resources to teach students, and those who work with them, how to power their essays with literary and creative writing techniques. With Janine's step-by-step approach outlined in her popular writing guides, she helps novice writers quickly find their real-life stories, and learn to tell them using an engaging and effective narrative style.

No one knows for sure how much an essay can impact your chance for admission, but college experts agree that they often are the deciding factor--especially for the most competitive schools. If nothing else, the college application essay is your No. 1 chance to show schools you are more than just your GPA and test scores. A well-conceived "slice-of-life" essay is the best way to put a likable face on your application and show your dream school why you are the perfect fit for their learning community.