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write to college!

Quick Facts

Mountain City, TN


A NATIONAL 501C3 STUDENT SERVICES ORGANIZATION of academic, professional and creative writers who are lifelong students and practitioners of the art and science of writing and writing instruction.

EMPOWER AND ENABLE students to maximize their potential for college admissions success.

OFFER SUMMER WORKSHOPS that provide individualized instruction to complete professionally-edited college applications and scholarship essays specific to each student's individual needs and strengths.

COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS NEED engaged, individualized community educational support for a more equitable, transparent and successful college application and admissions process.

Notes from the Nonprofit

We're a very low-overhead shop: our Director, Board, and an investing Angel funded our start-up logo, website, brochure, our pilot workshop, and workshop scholarships! We believe in our mission, and we believe in you!

Ruling Year


Founder and Executive Director

Ingrid Staudenmeyer

Main Address

117 S Church Street

Mountain City, TN 37683 USA


College Readiness, College Admissions, College Applications, Writing, Interviewing, College Success





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

College and scholarship applications are often sources of anxiety for students and parents. Our 5-day authentic university writing workshop celebrates the student's strengths, and results in individualized, mentored completed applications and a letter of recommendation.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Summer Writing Workshop

Where we work

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Students will

take away completed applications, including essays and resumes;
identify 2-3 scholarship opportunities tailored to individual needs and strengths;
receive personalized guidance from experiences educators and admissions professionals;
experience learning and living in a university setting;
receive a letter of recommendation that can be included with their college applications.

All of our staff have degrees and teaching experience in a university setting.
Students will hear directly from admissions professionals on what makes a successful application.
We maintain a strict 10:1 student to teacher ration to ensure individualized attention

We are committed university teachers, professional writers and admissions professionals.

Students, families and college and scholarship deciders will determine our usefulness.

Registration for Summer 2018 is open!

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes, student evaluations.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
Students' feedback during the exit video interviews was overwhelmingly positive. Moving forward, we feel it would be instructive for us to do entrance videos as well.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?