Elucido: Make Your Written Work Shine
 
 
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about ME

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I am a Louisiana native now living in Chevy Chase, MD. Following high school graduation, I attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where I studied Comparative Religion and European History and was actively engaged in the student admissions council.

I obtained a master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, worked in undergraduate admissions at both the University of Chicago and Columbia University, spent a year as a college counselor at an education consultancy in Boston, and then earned a second master’s degree, this one in Human Development and Psychology, from Harvard University. Subsequently, I worked as an adjunct admissions officer for Columbia University until my first son was four.

My area of expertise is editing. I’m a writer and editor who, in addition to having my own work published, has advised scores of high school and college students and professionals intent on returning to graduate study on crafting personal essays that best depict their academic interests and goals. My objective with students is to help them apply to schools where they will thrive and be happy. I also love editing resumes, cover letters, and larger bodies of work including essays and manuscripts.

In addition to editing and writing, I am a cooking instructor, avid gardener, reader, and the mother of two spirited boys. I believe deeply that each of us has multiple gifts and passions and that full lives allow space for and celebration of all.

 
 
 
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Services

 

undergraduate and graduate school application essays

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Undergraduate applicant essay work begins with a family meeting unless otherwise desired. Subsequent work is done one-on-one with the student in person and through email.

Long-distance clients should fear not! All editing work can easily be done via email and Skype/FaceTime. I've worked with people in California and Louisiana, Guatemala and Europe, and we connected seamlessly.

From initial brainstorming to polishing the last draft, I am happy to start working with students at any point during their essay writing process. It is my goal to foster a relaxed, thoughtful, productive atmosphere of trust in which students express themselves freely, and I learn what academic passions and extracurricular pursuits make them tick.

Most undergraduate and graduate school applications offer multiple opportunities for the student to make the paper personal. From short-answer responses to the primary essay, the written portions of school applications are great ways to make oneself known and engaging. I partner with each student and see myself as a supportive teammate on the road to polished applications that reflect the whole of the unique individual.
 

Other Editorial Services

In addition to application essays, I take great pride in helping people craft powerful resumes and cover letters, and in polishing manuscripts of all size and shape. Most recently, I assisted an arts and development professional with a complete overhaul of her extensive resume and had the great fortune to edit a soon-to-be published memoir by a Civil Rights journalist.

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Writing has changed and improved my life in countless ways. I believe deeply that any sort of writing, especially if creative and/or personal, is a portal into parts of ourselves that might otherwise remain unknown. Whether telling a college more about who you are as a young adult or a potential boss about why you are the perfect candidate for the job or readers about your fears and hopes and beliefs, you're coming to better understand and know yourself, and that is never a bad thing. To partner with others as they travel these roads is an honor.


 
 
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Satisfied Customers

Parents

Emily is an insightful, empathetic and extremely likable person. She has the wonderful ability to make one feel comfortable and confident in their choices, yet gently guide the writing/editing process. Emily is experienced and talented, and she takes advantage of learning opportunities in order to grow her own writing. She is a true professional. My son sought Emily’s assistance with his college application essays, and he came away with cohesive, well written pieces which not only answered the questions, but more importantly showed who he is as a person.
— Sara Jane Harris, parent of college applicant
Emily has the perfect combination of attributes for coaching students during the arduous college application process. She is knowledgeable, highly experienced, and a meticulous and thoughtful editor. Her positive and warm demeanor puts students at ease to open up and unveil the qualities that best describe them to construct genuine, memorable and moving college essays. Emily will become a true partner and can effectively convince students to persist until a flawless final product is achieved.
— Grateful mother of a student at the University of Chicago
Thank you again so very much for all that you have done for our daughter. Her confidence is restored and she is eager to keep writing. Thank you for working your magic. It is nice to see her happy. I am so grateful to you for guiding her (all of us quite frankly) through this process.
— Mother of college applicant

Students

Emily has been wonderful to work with! She not only polished my writing style but also ensured that my message was clear and concise. Her suggestions made me think deeper about the topic that I was writing about and therefore my final draft was a true reflection of my passions. She is a strong editor with years of experience in college counseling and I would not trust anyone else for suggestions during this stressful time. Her response time is super quick which allowed me to continuously improve on my essay without interruptions. She is a true expert and I highly recommend her!
— High school senior applying to college
Emily made me feel completely comfortable and relaxed throughout the revision process until we had developed a truly strong and compelling piece.
I felt that she offered useful and wise guidance and suggestions on strengthening my writing without taking away my voice in any way.
Emily has been a tremendous resource to me throughout my college application process.
I would highly encourage my friends to work with her to help face any and all writing challenges.
— Andy Harris, college applicant
I was introduced to Emily through a mutual connection and she provided me with invaluable feedback towards completing my essays. She helped me clearly defined my goal and the reason for pursuing an MBA and also reviewed them several times. The end product was very impressive and her insight helped me differentiate myself.
— Mit Shah, MBA applicant

manuscript, resume, and cover letter clients

Emily Nichols Grossi was an invaluable editor on my most recent book, Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist. She has a sharp eye and a quick mind for both the details and the larger message. One of her greatest assets is her passion for the project. I highly recommend her.
— Anne Farris Rosen, journalist and author
Recently Emily Nichols Grossi helped me update my 13-year-old, three-page resume. Emily not only edited it to one page but also pulled together a list of my skills that could be used in a cover letter. I was delighted with the result!
It is a difficult task to prepare one’s own resume-there is a tendency to want to list every single thing and to elaborate. Emily is extraordinarily skilled at “trimming the fat” and producing a succinct document that clearly illustrates one’s abilities.
I would encourage anyone needing assistance with any kind of written work: resumes, application essays, cover letters, etc. to absolutely work with Emily. I recommend her without reservation.
— Susan Reed, professional
 
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rates

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My hourly rate is $120, and I bill in quarter-hour increments. Time is charged for all in-person meetings and for editing and consulting work done via email and phone. I keep a detailed work log for each client and send invoices monthly. Payment is due within fourteen days of receipt of bill.
A little time can go a long way as I'm an efficient editor who loves immersing myself in the work.


 

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CONTACT

Please call 703-389-3769 to schedule an appointment or to speak with me. If I am unavailable, please leave a message providing a convenient time to reach you and be sure to state your phone number clearly.  You can also email me at  emily@elucido.me or use the contact form below.