We mentor students in Seattle’s Eastside and nationwide

Call 206-696-2448 to learn how we can help you write your best essay

xApplying to California, Washington or Oregon? Less than two weeks left! We have a crash course program for you. 

UW and the UC schools are due in less than two weeks! We help students write the best essays they can, with less stress for them and their parents. We’ll support you until you’ve submitted essays you’re proud of and that will help you get into college.

We mentor a small number of juniors and sophomores beginning now and ending when they’re seniors, finished with their college essays. They become better writers now and have better options for college later. 
We care about more than just a great college essay. Through our unique and personal approach to mentoring our students come to know themselves in ways few teenagers do. They go to college with more self-confidence in themselves and their strengths.

They become better writers and communicators, helping them in high school, college, and beyond.

Writing college essays can be a powerful learning and personal growth experience. Our students work hard, have fun, and are proud of their essays and all that they accomplish with us.

Read the essays that get our students into college

Our students write the kinds of essays colleges want to read: engaging, entertaining and profound personal stories. 

Bring our unique approach to a school or nonprofit

We work with organizations coast-to-coast as part of our commitment to support all kids who dream of college.

Come to one of our Seattle area workshops

We don’t have any more workshops scheduled for the fall but please contact us if you’d like to schedule one for a small group. 


Happy Students, Happy Parents


I definitely became a better writer through Essay Mentors. I learned how to put my voice in my writing. Not just with essays, but every time I touched a pen to paper or finger to key.

Jack (University of Santa Clara)

Barak tapped into the numerous stories and tales that laid deep inside me and helped me seamlessly bring them onto paper.

Pranav (University of Washington Honors Program)

Stephan had confidence in his essay but even more confidence in himself. That’s a great quality to take to college.

Cindy K.
Mom of Stephan (Colorado State) & Donna (Gonzaga)

Our Mentors

Essay Mentors are more than just writing coaches, editors or tutors. Sure, we can write, but more importantly we know how to guide students through a self-discovery process, help them learn new ways of telling their story, and build new writing skills that schools simply don’t teach.

This is why we call ourselves mentors: we’re here to support these young adults. We challenge them, we make the project of writing their essays as enjoyable as possible, we’re stick with them when the going gets tough, and we help them write the best essays they can.

The essay is just the beginning. Our mentors have backgrounds as coaches and consultants in a range of personal growth, leadership development, and training fields. This is why our students write such effective, powerful, and enjoyable college essays.

Over two thousand students and parents have come to our workshops. Our process works so well that we’re now training teachers, staff and volunteers in schools and nonprofits around the country. They love it, and the kids love it.

Barak RosenbloomMentor and Founder/CEO
Barak is the CEO and founder of Essay Mentors. This is his sixth year mentoring students in the greater Seattle area and across the country. He’s the creator of our kid-tested, admissions-proven four-phase process that is now being used by schools and nonprofits coast to coast. Barak started life-after-college as an English teacher; spent five years at the US Department of Labor; and for fifteen years was a leadership, organization development and communication consultant. He had more fun running his teen leadership program at the Summit at Snoqualmie and four years ago dropped his adult clients and put all of focus on creating Essay Mentors and making a difference in the lives of teenagers. He has a B.A. from Williams College in English and History, and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Leisa AshbaughMentor and Content Development
Leisa is an accomplished writer, editor and communication consultant, with a Bachelor of Business of Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master in Communication/Digital Media from the University of Washington. For decades, Leisa has been helping people and businesses identify and clarify their message, and then put it into words in a way that communicates their values and priorities. Listening with a keen ear for deeper themes, Leisa is brilliant at helping people clarify how and what they themselves think. A kid and an adventurer at heart, she has also taught skiing to kids young and old for years. Leisa brings a unique blend of no-nonsense get-it-done-ittude and playful fun energy to ensure that students have an enjoyable learning experience in what could otherwise be a stressful process. This is Leisa’s second year bringing her decades of expertise to teens writing their college essays 
Anne HermanMentor
Anne is a longtime coach and mentor, and a prize-winning writer of memoir and personal essay. As a coach, she has helped over 12,000 young people and adults from diverse backgrounds quit smoking. She has also coached leadership programs since 2001, helping people find and express their greatest strengths. She leads workshops on writing memoir, emphasizing finding the deeper meaning. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy, an A.A. in Photography, and a Certificate in Writing the Modern Memoir. She is committed to making even challenging projects fun!

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