College Essay Confidante Brings 50 to College Prep Night

Almost 50 parents and rising seniors attended a college preparatory night on June 28 at the J.V. Fletcher Library. The group was there to learn about the application and admissions process.

Presenters were, Wendy Pechacek, Westford School Department Guidance Coordinator 6-12; Troy E. Lazaro, Assistant Director of Multicultural Recruitment, UMass-Lowell; Andrew N. Carter, Senior Associate Director, Office of Admissions, College of the Holy Cross; Julie Shields-Rutyna, Director of College Planning at the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.

The event was organized by Joyce Pellino Crane, the College Essay Confidante. Crane, a journalist, also presented a workshop to rising seniors to help them brainstorm topics for their college essays.

Countdown to College Prep Night

“Applying for College, What You Need to Know,” is only three days away and more than 50 rising seniors and their parents will meet a panel of experts who will answer questions and offer information.

The panel includes a college admissions officer, a high school guidance curriculum coordinator, a college financial planner, and a director of multicultural affairs

The Westford, Massachusetts-based event is brought to you by Joyce Pellino Crane and the J.V. Fletcher Library.

If you are not already registered, the event is unfortunately closed to new registrants. But keep your eye out for our upcoming video classes. You’ll be able to get instruction and commentary online in the near future.

In the meantime, watch for our upcoming booklet on “How to Write Your College Essay.” The informative download will be FREE  to all and will be online within a week.



Upcoming from the College Essay Confidantè

Here’s what’s coming up from the College Essay Confidante. If you’re a rising senior in the northwest region of Boston, please consider registering for one of my workshops. If you’re in a remote location, let’s arrange an online video conference.

1. “Brainstorm Your College Essay,” Thursday, June 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. This 3-hour workshop is for rising seniors only. Designed to help students find a topic for their college application essay, the workshop offers a brainstorming session followed by writing exercises with feedback. Students will leave with a solid topic and an opening paragraph for the essay and some follow up if specified deadlines are met. Fee: $150 per student. Limited to 6. Register at Questions? Email JUST ONE SEAT LEFT!

The Westford location will be provided to registrants.

About the tutor
Joyce Pellino Crane is an award-winning journalist, recognized for editorial writing by two major newspaper organizations. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Newsday, and GateHouse Media publications. She has taught college essay workshops to high school students for several years. Joyce is the news director at Westford Community Access Television and is an approved Westford Academy tutor. She is the former editor of the Westford Eagle.

2. I offer private tutoring at $75 per hour. (The rate is $85 per hour for anyone outside of Westford or Chelmsford.) We usually meet in a public location for one-hour sessions in the late afternoons. We start by brainstorming topics and engaging in writing exercises. I usually assign a writing exercise in advance of the first meeting to help the student think about topics. To schedule a meeting, email me at

3. I’m teaching the same three-hour workshop (“Brainstorm your college essay”) for Acton-Boxborough Community Education on Thursday, June 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. The fee is $175. This amount is non-negotiable because I’m doing it through the Community Ed program. You can find registration information here. Scroll to page 52 for the course description.) Limited to 8 high school rising seniors.

Please note the location is at 15 Charter Way in Acton.