Six facts about Richard Trenner, The Princeton Writing Coach. He has…

  • helped all students he advised last year to get into highly selective colleges
  • taught writing at Princeton and Rutgers (and has degrees from both universities)
  • established and run writing centers for the Princeton School of Public & International Affairs, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Novartis, and Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • coached many people with English as a second language (ESL) backgrounds
  • written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and similar publications
  • authored/coauthored three books about writing and edited some 25 books


Elizabeth, parent of 3 high school students

“If your kids have a passion for writing and want to achieve their personal best, or if they need help on writing fundamentals, Richard is a great resource.  Beyond his skills as a coach, he’s a lovely, generous man.”

Li, high school senior

“Richard motivated me to be the best writer, college applicant, and person I could be. I couldn’t have gotten through the craziness that is the application process without him. No matter the time of day, Richard was always there to advise me.”

Prasad, high school parent

“Richard went above and beyond helping our son Anil perfect his college essays; Anil got accepted into several colleges, two of which pointed to his Common App essay in their offer letter.”

Sonja, gap year student

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to know Richard over the last year-and-a-half. I am inspired by his passion for writing and knowledge of so many subjects.”

Kelvin, newly admitted PhD student

“I just got a accepted to my top-choice graduate schoolin no small part due to Richard’s help.”

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