Brendan Halpin: Boston Writing Coach
Brendan Halpin: Boston Writing Coach
Admissions, Academic, Personal, and Business Writing

Writing Coach



Get Your Writing in Shape

Whatever you're writing, I'm here to help. Hire me for fast, professional assistance with:

  • Brainstorming, writing, and editing college, graduate, and professional school admission essays.
  • Getting your novel or memoir started, unstuck, or ready for publication.
  • Helping your whole team to write clearly, concisely, and correctly.
  • Getting that big speech or presentation ready.
  • Fastidious proofreading and copy editing.
  • Beta reading for your novel or memoir.
  • Academic, business, or personal writing.

Face-to-Face or Online Coaching

If you're located in Greater Boston, I can meet you for face-to-face coaching or feedback. If you're not located in Boston, I can meet you via Skype or Google Hangouts. And, of course, if you just want editing and/or proofreading services, you can just email me your work and I'll go from there.

For more information, feel free to email me.




Tell me what you need, and I'll give you a couple of options for how to proceed. 

I also bill by the hour: my typical rate is $50/hour, billable by the quarter hour. I do not require any commitment; pay as you go and stop whenever you like. 

I offer discounted package deals for your entire project: college essays, novels, and memoirs. For packages, I request half payment up front and half when the project is complete.

Discounted rates for Boston Public Schools students and anyone applying to a program to become a teacher or librarian.


About Me


I am the author of two memoirs and over a dozen novels. I've been published by Random House, FSG, Disney, and a number of others. I have spoken about my writing on All Things Considered, Here and Now, The Today Show and The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

My writing has appeared in The New York Times' "Modern Love" column as well as in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times (of London) Magazine, Best Life Magazine, Rosie Magazine, and Ladies' Home Journal.


I have over seventeen years' experience teaching writing.  I have worked with writers in middle school, high school, college, and beyond.

I have shepherded scores of applicants through the process of writing their application essays, from brainstorming possible answers to the essay prompts all the way to hitting "send." 


I have coached authors of memoirs and novels, providing edits, encouragement, and ideas along the way.  As an English teacher, I became adept at spotting even the most picayune errors.  Most recently, a leading Boston edtech company entrusted me with the responsibility of being the last person in-house to review their content and hit "publish" when it was ready to show to clients.

Questions? Email me.



"Brendan provides clear, useful feedback and suggestions on my writing. He has an editor's eye for what works in fiction and a storyteller's empathy for what is intended and also the experience to guide writers in bringing the two together. Brendan also provides outstanding advice on the grammatical and spelling level of a story. I don't submit stories to editors or self-publish work without Brendan's review."

Gregory Adams

"I loved working with Brendan.  His thorough review of my work, and his thoughtful, professional, and sometimes humorous insights helped me to hone my stories, making them more credible, engaging, and satisfying to the reader.  I hope to work with him again soon!"

Mary Norris