About

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Visit Essay Coaching at:

343 S. Main Suite 209-B
Ann Arbor MI 48103

or schedule an on-line session from anywhere in the world.

Connect with Debbie:
debbie@essaycoaching.com
734.646.5985

 

Essay Coaching was established in 2004 by Debbie Eisenberg Merion, MSW, MFA. Debbie holds an Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from Solstice Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Debbie has developed and tested coaching techniques that combine her experiences in counseling, teaching college English, 30 years of professional writing, and as a parent of two college graduates. Debbie’s 100+ stories as an award-winning* journalist and essayist have appeared in publications such as the Ann Arbor Observer, Hour Detroit, Medicine at Michigan, and Movement .  Read Debbie’s revealing story about how U-M admits undergraduates: “Paper Cut – The U-M Picks Its Freshman Class

In 2011 she authored the second edition of Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide for Students and Families About College Selection, Essay Writing and High-Stakes Testing with co-authors John Boshoven, M.S.W, and Geri Markel, Ph.D. This book is a Gold Medal Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards.

Essay Coaching helps hundreds of students each year through classes, workshops, webinars, presentations, and individual coaching. For additional assistance, visit College Admissions Advisors–over 100 years of experience!

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Professional Connections

Essay Coaching adheres to the Code of Ethics of the International Association of Coaching.

Member, Author’s Guild

Member, Michigan Association for College Admission Advisors (MACAC)

“I am passionate about the potential of the application essay to improve students’ opportunities, writing skills, self-awareness, and life-planning.  I also wrote my own graduate school application essay in 2011–my Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Boston began with an essay I called “Immersion.”  Graduating with an MFA  meant an intense, challenging and joyful two years of study, which catapulted me into the company of the best writers in the country.  I was honored that Anne-Marie Oomen presented my thesis at graduation in January of 2014.  –Debbie Merion

 

*Debbie Merion Awards:

2014 Gold Medal Winner

2014 Global Ebook Awards

Category of Parenting/Family

Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide for Students and Families About College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing

 

2011Toastmaster’s International Speech Contest

First Place, Ann Arbor Area, Spring 2011

“Flying Safely Through a Big Life Storm”

 

2003 Excellence in Journalism Award (First place)

Detroit Society of Professional Journalists

General Reporting Category (less than 50,000 publication)

“The Depths of Despair,” feature article in Hour Detroit, November 2002

 

1986 and 1987 Award of Achievement (National competition)

Society for Technical Communication

“AIS-1100 Vision Programming System Developer’s Guide”

“AIS-5100 Vision Programming System Developer’s Guide”

 

1986 and 1987 Award of Excellence (Regional competition)

Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication

“AIS-1100 Vision Programming System Developer’s Guide”

“AIS-5100 Vision Programming System Developer’s Guide”

 

1985  Certificate of Achievement (Regional competition)

Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication

“Matchmark Inspection Station Operator’s Guide”

 

and last but absolutely not least:

Carnell Elementary School 6th Grade Valedictorian