Meet the Advisors

Meet Our College Essay Team

Gabi Lieberman-Miller

Director of Operations

With a history of successfully leading operations for educational organizations and a passion for improving writing outcomes, Gabi Lieberman-Miller directs the College Essay Program at Write the World. At the Harvard Graduate School of Education: Language & Literacy Program, she connected academic research to classroom practice by developing a comprehensive educator’s resource to improve socioemotional and perspective-taking skills. She has since supported students one-on-one in crafting engaging and effective narratives, and has held directorial positions at several ed-tech organizations. Through these roles, she has optimized training and service quality to help hundreds of students gain acceptance to their dream college. She looks forward to the opportunity to help you and your family succeed with the college essay and beyond!

Liza Cochran

Director of Curriculum & Development

Liza Cochran stewards the education vision at Write the World, working with community members to develop innovative writing curriculum and programming. An educator and writer, Liza has designed and implemented writing curriculum in high schools, colleges, and community centers across the US, including the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Emerson College, and Grub Street Writing Center. Since 2016, Liza has served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Emerson College. Liza loves helping young writers find their authentic voice on the page, as they take this exciting step toward their college career.

Janelle Milanes

Administrative Specialist for College & Workshop Programs

Janelle is an educator and writer whose novels have been featured in the New York Times book review and listed as part of Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books. Originally from Miami, Florida, she received her BA in English Literature at Davidson College. Her passion for writing led her to New York City to work at Simon & Schuster, where she gained experience in editing and educational marketing. After publishing, Janelle pursued a Masters degree in Special Education and taught in K-12 schools for ten years. She has since hosted writing workshops and mentored students to help them achieve postsecondary success. Her experience in education and in narrative writing has equipped her to guide young writers through the college essay process and empower them to share their stories in the best light possible.

Sarah Garfinkel

Expert Advisor

Sarah is a writer, editor, and educator, and has written for multiple publications including The New Yorker and McSweeney’s. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s of Education in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). She is now a Teaching Fellow at HGSE where she teaches personal narrative and opinion writing, learning development, and facilitation. She has developed curriculum and enjoyed teaching in K-12, higher education, and nonprofit settings. Previously, she led college access programming for teens in New York City, and is currently doing research that focuses on metapragmatics and irony comprehension. She loves helping writers craft compelling college essays that feature their wonderful talents and strengths.

Helen Grant

Expert Advisor

Helen Grant first joined Write the World as a young writer, around the time when she herself was starting to think about college applications. Her experience on the site gave her the inspiration and confidence to express herself academically, and she is thrilled to be back serving as an Expert Advisor and Workshop Mentor. Helen is now in the final year of study for her BA in History and Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge, having spent time working abroad as an editorial assistant at Hermès in Paris. She is a senior editor of The Cambridge Journal of Issues in Law, Politics and Art and Deputy Art Editor of The Mays, an anthology of creative work from students at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. She is passionate about culture and education and thinks good sentences and enthusiasm can get you pretty much anywhere.

Chris Feeney

Expert Advisor

Chris is a graduate of Middlebury College, holding a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. At Middlebury, he studied in a variety of workshops, ranging from poetry to playwriting to fiction, and spent a semester assisting high school students with writing their first full-length play as part of Vermont’s Young Writers’ Project. In addition to writing his own fiction, which has been shortlisted in CRAFT Literary magazine, Chris reads submissions for the New England Review. Previously a writer on Write the World, Chris now works as an Expert Advisor and Workshop Mentor where he seeks to bring out the best in a young person’s writing and to cultivate an enduring love for the craft. As an emerging writer and former college applicant, Chris understands how daunting it can be to put new words on a new page, and he loves to make this process enjoyable, enlightening, and a little bit easier.

Anna Gibbs

Expert Advisor

A former writer on Write the World, Anna Gibbs now serves as an Expert Advisor and Workshop Mentor on the site. Anna graduated from Harvard College with a BA degree in English. While at school, she studied under renowned writers and worked as a fellow at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard, where she collaborated with teachers to develop curriculum for college students. She has written articles for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Earth Island Journal. Her interest in literary journalism has sharpened her eye for the use of common storytelling techniques — such as voice, theme, and characters — within the setting of nonfiction writing. She looks forward to helping writers feel confident about these elements of their college essay.

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Sessions running March – July 2021

Sessions running July – August 2021

Offered September – December 2021

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