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.

Face-to-Face Coaching

My experience as a teacher and a professional writer has taught me that one face-to-face meeting is worth at least three rounds of emails. It's simply the most efficient way to work on your writing. My primary service areas are Boston, Brookline, Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Dedham, Milton, and Quincy, and I am happy to conduct coaching sessions over Skype or Google Hangouts for clients who live elsewhere.

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 offer package deals for your entire project: college essays, novels, and memoirs. 

I also bill by the hour: my typical rate is $50/hour, billable by the quarter hour. 

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.