“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”
–Hillel the Elder
Your voice is yours alone. Through one-on-one writing consultations, we’ll hone in on what makes your vision singular and lead you toward a piece of writing that sings you brightly from the page.
Here’s what we offer:
College & Graduate School Essay Development
Includes three one-on-one meetings (Approximately 1 hour each)
First meeting: Basics of personal essay writing, discussion of goals and schools of interest followed by an initial brainstorming session
Second meeting: Review draft essay and discuss how to finesse and move toward the next draft
Third meeting: Polish and shine, i.e. a final feedback session with a focus on finishing touches, including grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as proper word count
$375 flat rate
Optional addition of secondary essay review for specific applications (rate to be discussed)
Cover Letter & Personal Statement Quick Review
One-on-one consultation reviewing background, resume, and specific target application(s) plus drafting session
Optional addition of resumé review (rate to be discussed)
Private Script Consultation
Includes three one-on-one meetings
First meeting: Discussion of your current work and goals, followed by submission of a full-length play, teleplay, screenplay, or work in progress for review (Approximately 30 minutes)
Second meeting: Dramaturgical feedback session within 2 weeks after project submission (Approximately 1.5 hours long)
Third meeting: Review revisions, discuss future goals for the project, and possible submission opportunities (Approximately 1 hour long)
$475 flat rate
Your project doesn't fit within these categories? Let's talk about the possibilities.
Live outside of New York City? Let's organize a Skype or Google Hangout consultation.
On Graduate School and Personal Statements:
"CQ truly has a gift with the art of language. She helped me put into words the thoughts and feelings I wanted to convey in my personal statement, which immensely helped me pursue my nursing career." –Sadora Guillaume, RN
"CQ was thoughtful and kind when assisting me in creating a statement of purpose for a psychology graduate program. Her feedback helped me create a statement that was both professional and creative. Her natural ability to connect with others allows her to understand what you are trying to communicate and through a collaborative approach, the writing takes shape."
—Bethany Sala, MA, MFTI
"Christina has a keen understanding of what an artist wants to say and consistently guides me in the right direction. She has always been patient with me when working together on fellowship, graduate school, and residency application statements. Her notes are considerate and direct. I can thank her for every program I’ve been admitted to.” —Rebecca Cunningham, Theatre Artist
On Script Consultation:
"I'm grateful for meeting Christina. It was a relief to finally get an expert's feedback that was clear and useful. She helped me realize the concrete steps I needed to take to revise my play which I wasn't able to discern on my own. She is also very supportive and encouraging, which made the consultation such a positive process!" –Sohyun Kim
“Working with Christina was one of the best choices I made while working on the biggest script of my academic career. The way she can guided my writing, while giving grounded and practical advice, truly allowed me to find my voice, and get my work done.” –Gregory Noel
"With very little experience on my part, Christina helped me with the overall grammar and flow of the play. She also gave me incredibly useful feedback regarding resources and organizations I could approach to help me develop my play. Friendly, professional and easy to work with; an overall positive experience!" –Gina Super
On Other Projects:
"Christina is a joy to work with both on and off the page. I utilized her services this past summer as I was drafting a complex speech for a public event. Christina helped me convey my message clearly and effectively. Over multiple drafts she helped me polish my text into a genuine and compelling address. Because of her skills, I spent my evening fielding numerous compliments on the structure, substance, and style of my talk." —Jessica Sederquist
Email Christina Quintana (CQ) at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started with your consultation
Christina Quintana is a former writing consultant at Grace Church High School with 10 years' experience in philanthropy and arts administration. Her plays and musicals have been developed and produced across the country and she holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts. For more about her creative work, please see the "about" section of this website.