about Total writing enrichment

Created by Amy Haskell

Meet Amy and the Total Writing Team

I am proud to share that, for three years in a row (2021-2023), my small business made it to the finalist round of the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners Rising Star Award. And this year, my business won the Rising Star Award! 

Learn more about Total Writing Enrichment in this video. Want to learn more about how I can help your teen?  Let’s set up a brief call – just click here.

You want your teen to succeed.

We provide high quality instruction to students from high school through graduate school.

Personalized 1:1 writing coaching.

Amy Haskell Writing Specialist, from Wilmette, IL to Charlotte, NC 

I founded my company to help you, parents, help your teen expand skills to achieve success and happiness. You value education and your relationship to your children. You want your children to have the confidence to submit college admission essays that win acceptance. You’ve come to the right place!  

My team and I provide exceptional writing tutoring to build skills and boost grades and win with application essays – from college essays through graduate school essays.  

One student told me: “Mrs. Haskell, I learned more about writing from you in one hour than in two years of high school English class!” His improves skills gave him “A” grades on essays, his confidence grew, he smiled, so did mom.

When I first started tutoring, a parent from Winnetka, IL shared with me, “Amy, your writing tutoring has given peace to our entire family.” 

I knew I needed to help more students. 

– Expertise: Taught over 1,000 teens from freshman in high school to college seniors. 

– Trust: 20+ years teaching experience, Rising Star 2021, 2022, 2023 Women Business Owner Finalist, Charlotte, NC.

– Authority on college admission essay writing, high school essays and graduate school application essays.

Even the most gifted students with the best teachers, can lack the personalized attention to succeed with writing, given their busy lives and the reliance on technology. 

The problem, many times, is how to help teens learn specific technique to elevate their skill to clearly communicate whether in an English class essay or a college application essay. 

My step by step process helps bring the story to life. Strategy plus individual attention creates incredible results for students.

They feel happy. They feel empowered. They feel motivated. 

From reading hundreds of books as a young child with my mom, and as an avid reader today, I believe everyone has a fascinating story that guides thoughts, beliefs, and actions.

Even during challenging times, the silver lining exists. The life lesson waits to be learned. 

Ultimately, when teens connect with who they are and how they see the world, they gain clarity, increase energy, and develop extraordinary success – with their writing and their lives. 

So get ready, let’s write! Email us now! amy@totalwritingenrichment.com 

From the North Shore of Chicago to Charlotte, North Carolina, my team and I are here to help your motivated teen write outstanding essays that win college acceptance.

When I’m not busy helping students excel with their writing, you can find me soaking up time with my husband and four children.  

I’m also a distance runner turned master swimmer and relate my struggles to complete a swim workout to help motivate my students as they complete their essays…and to help make them laugh.

I may be slow in the pool… but I love every second of the challenge and relate my growth to inspire your teen to find happiness. 

Meet The Total Writing Team

Kerry Gilrane

Kerry is a proud graduate of Georgetown University.

She has cultivated future college students in her former role as an Alumni Admissions Program Interviewer and now helps prepare prospective students for success with college interviews.

If your son or daughter needs a boost in effective interview skills for college admissions, Kerry is your coach! Your teen will quickly learn the most essential verbal as well as non-verbal techniques to make a positive impression with college and graduate program interviews.

Kea Gorden, PhD

Kea brings a depth of research and academic experience to our team at Total Writing Enrichment.

Total Writing receive the benefits of Kea’s knowledge in latest educational research trends. Having taught at the College of Charleston, Kea  continues to nurture her love for reading, writing, and sharing best practices to enhance our tutoring programs for the college bound teen.

Kea’s studies while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and PhD at the University of California at Santa Cruz gives a wealth of experience at multiple levels of higher education.

Moira Ritter

Moira Ritter is a recent graduate from Georgetown University where she majored in journalism and political science.

She enjoys teaching students the best of her writing tips and practices at Total Writing so they can earn A grades and write excellent essays!

Be your teen’s hero during the college admission process:


 college applications essays, graduate school essay that win admission, submitted on time.

Fortified in my mission to provide teenage students with the unique opportunity to enhance their writing skills, set achievable goals, and develop emotional confidence, I created educational programs that yield better grades and win college admissions. Graduate school too.

From Charlotte, North Carolina to Winnetka, IL, from Columbus Ohio to New York City, our students learn to create powerful college admission essays, win scholarships, and boost grades. 

We understand college admission and school success is about more than good grades and high achievement. It’s about who students are and how to make their goals come alive. It’s about skill development, goals and connection. It’s about clear communication and writing.

We help students achieve their goals through our teaching, both personal 1:1, small group workshops, online programs and proven educational strategies. We are teens’ teachers and mentors, we are part of your family team.


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