Pamela Toutant teaches creative writing classes privately and at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, coaches individual writers on book projects, provides editing services for everything from books to policy documents, and provides a popular college essay coaching service. Below are the details of her current services and classes.

College essay and personal statement coaching 2018-19

 Award-winning widely published essayist, journalist, and writing teacher Pamela Toutant is available to help your student craft and polish a winning college admissions essay

For undergraduate admissions, the summer before the senior year of high school is the ideal time to draft college essays and supplements.  Take the stress out of the college application process by getting a head start. 

Join award-winning essayist, and seasoned college essay tutor for guidance on jump-starting a college admissions essay that reflects your strengths and authentic voice.  The college application essay gives admissions officers insight into who you are beyond your standardized test scores and grades.  Receive guidance on the elements of great college admissions essays, an opportunity to brainstorm potential essay themes, and help developing an essay outline.

Pamela has also assisted numerous students throughout the years with the writing requirements for graduate school, law school, business school and medical school.

In addition to her high success rate in helping students get into first choice colleges, Pamela has published several articles in The Washington Post and Bethesda Magazine that reflect a special interest in teens and education.      

Pamela is a personal essayist, feature writer, and seasoned college admissions essay tutor. Her work has appeared in Salon, Huffington Post, Redbook, Ms., The Washington Post Magazine, Washingtonian, Applause, Overture, and Bethesda Magazine, among others. She was selected as a 2004 finalist for the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award, was a 2006 Pushcart Prize nominee, and is a three-time Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow.

Students’ College Acceptances        
High Schools Served to Date
College Admissions – Bethesda Magazine
Our Stress-Tested Kids – The Washington Post

Contact Pamela

2018 Spring Creative Writing Class:  Memoir, Personal Essay and Fiction

Eight sessions: Tuesdays March 27- May 15 - 7:00-9:00  
Location: Pamela's home in Chevy Chase
Cost: $425

Class description: This class is designed for writers who are working on, or who would like to work on, fiction or creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay, or a compilation of essays). It is an opportunity to gain feedback from Pamela and other writers in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Pamela has taught numerous creative writing classes, coaches individual writers, and tutors high school seniors on their college essays.  Her own work has appeared in Salon, Ms. Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, The Washingtonian, literary magazines, Bethesda Magazine, and most recently The Music Center at Strathmore's, Applause Magazine. Pamela was a 2006 Pushcart Prize nominee and recipient of three Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowships.  She is currently working on several essays and a novel.