College Essay Workshops

My four-week writing workshop will help get you over this hurdle!

Tuesday afternoons, 3:00 – 4:30

  • Session I: September 27 – October 18          Early Admission
  • Session II: November 1 – November 29       Regular Admission

We will meet as a small group to generate, revise and edit.  You will have a one-on-one consultation to review finishing touches.

Located at my Amherst office with convenient access to bus routes.

Spaces limited. Fee: $400

Who I am:

  • 29 years of teaching writing and leading writing workshops
  • 10 years of college admissions
  • 4 years of teaching at Smith College Summer Writing Program
  • 4 years of coaching college essay writing

My college essay workshop method has helped students receive acceptances to: Yale, Babson, Wheaton, Lasell, University of New Hampshire, Wentworth, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Dartmouth.


Working with Maureen Jones on my college essay was a very positive experience for me. Surprisingly, there was absolutely no stress involved.  Maureen set deadlines for me that were reasonable and easy to meet.  She doesn’t write the essay for you.  She gets you writing and makes it easy for your essay to just flow from you.  What you thought was going to be a long, nerve wracking, stressful process turned out to be a quick, enjoyable experience that left me with an essay that is truly my own and one I can really be proud of.

-S.K.  8/29/16

Maureen Buchanan Jones is a gifted and accomplished writer, editor, teacher of writing, trainer of writing workshop leaders, novelist, and published author of poems and prose. She is Executive Director of Amherst Writers and Artists.  Fortunately for our family she has recently directed her considerable talents to helping our daughter give birth to her “College Essay”.

How she manages to take a “reluctant at best” young writer and gently move them toward writing from the heart is almost magical. I can’t say enough about how positive this experience has been for our family.  We are grateful beyond measure for what Maureen has given our daughter and the inspiring, empowering and professional way in which she has done so.

-E.S.   8/29/16 | 413 256 8235