About Essay Coaching by Debbie Merion

Everyone can write. Everyone has something important to say. A writing coach helps you find those words without stress.

As we edit your memories and ideas into a strong application essay or compelling book, you may see your life change.

I’ve seen clients overjoyed because they were admitted to their dream college or because their published book opened them up to a world of “their people.” As you grip your pen and chat with a friendly expert, you’ll discover your unique and compelling story.

Visit Essay Coaching at:

343 S. Main Suite 209-B
Ann Arbor MI 48104

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

Connect with Debbie:

Debbie Merion on WXYZ-TV

Read more about Anchor JoAnne Purtan and Essay Coaching Debbie Merion on “The Now,” WXYZ-TV Detroit, Thursday, Sept 3, 2015

WXYZ grab 2 Watch Sept. 2014 “Mom’s a Genius” interview in Debbie’s office with Debbie and student Charlie Markel


WXYZ-TV Sept. 2014 Watch 2014 studio interview with Debbie on WXYZ-TV about College Application Essays



Debbie Merion bio

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.  The team of authors for this college and grad school prep book can be found at collegeadmissionsadvisors.com


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