About Kathy Retan

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Kathy Retan

For many students, the essay is the most-dreaded part of the college application process. I enjoy giving students the tools they need to transform this anxiety-producing task into a positive learning experience. My goal is to make the writing process one of self-discovery, through which you produce a memorable piece that strengthens your chances of getting into the college of your choice. Many of the students I coach find that writing the essay turns out to be the most rewarding part of the application process.

I am an editor specializing in textbooks for college English and Composition courses, and have helped to develop such best-selling titles as A Writer’s Reference and The Bedford Handbook for Writers. Previously, I taught Freshman Composition and upper-division writing courses at the University of Minnesota and Northeastern University. I have more than twenty-five years of experience guiding professional and student writers through the process of planning, drafting, and revising their work.

I have a B.A. in English from Amherst College, a Ph.D. in English from The University of Minnesota, and an M.Ed. in Literacy (K-12) from Lesley University. I am also the parent of a college freshman who survived the application process.