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An UnCommon Approach

Our goal is to help you find what makes you UnCommon--and craft the stories that make you shine in the college admissions process.


With our online workshops and one-on-one coaching, you’ll come away with essays you feel proud of, and that reflect your abilities, talents, and stories.


Meet Your Coaches

Caitlin Palmer and Sarah Walker are Austin-based secondary English teachers with over 25 years of experience coaching writers through the college admissions process. They have coached hundreds of students through the application process, many of whom have been admitted to the most selective universities in the country. They currently teach at the renowned Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders,  where they foster strong, supportive relationships with students.


Sarah and Caitlin are experts in identifying strengths in student writing and teaching students how to craft essays that not only stand out to application committees but ones that students feel proud of. They have been recognized locally and nationally as outstanding writing teachers.


Their superior communication skills and emotional intelligence make their sessions with students productive, engaging, and memorable, and the skills they teach transfer to a wide variety of contexts beyond the application process.


When she is not teaching and coaching…

  • Sarah is probably snuggling with her dog, Biscuit, trying a new recipe in the kitchen, writing poetry, country dancing, or trying to learn a new musical instrument.

  • Caitlin is probably cooking vegetarian meals, walking around Lady Bird Lake, and singing in a Paul Simon cover band.

What We Do

  • We guide you through the writing process toward an error-free, polished college essay, resume, and/or personal statement.​

  • We offer writing conferences and thorough feedback aimed to grow you as a writer by focusing on ideas, style, structure, and mechanics.

What We Don't Do

  • We won't write the essay for you.

  • We'll push you as a writer to do the work in a meaningful and engaging way, but you are at the helm of your writing process.

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