Our team works one-on-one with students to guide them from inception through the final draft of the college application essay. Whether you are just starting to brainstorm or you have completed the first draft of your Common Application personal statement, A Bloc of Writers can help!

Michele Turk

Founder, A Bloc of Writers

Education: B.A., Boston College, M.S., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Michele has worked as a professional writer and editor for the past two decades. Since landing her first job as a junior editor at American Health magazine (a Reader’s Digest publication), she has published articles on a wide range of topics, including health, education, parenting and business. Her work has appeared in many national publications and websites, among them BusinessWeek, Parents, U.S. News & World Report, Shape, Glamour, Elle, The Washington Post and USA Weekend. She is the co-editor of “Ink Stained,” a collection of essays by the members of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Class of 1992, and the author of “Blood, Sweat and Tears: An Oral History of the American Red Cross.” Michele also worked as an adjunct professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University. She took over as president of the Connecticut Press Club in 2015.

Daisy Florin

Education: B.A., Dartmouth College M.A., Columbia University M.S. Ed., Bank Street College of Education

Specialties: College application essays, personal essays, book editing

Daisy is a writer and editor whose personal essays have been published in many publications. A former book editor at a New York publishing house, Daisy has edited personal essays for Brain, Child Magazine and is a recipient of the 2016 Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship from Sarah Lawrence College. Daisy is also a teacher who taught at the Brearley and Dalton Schools in New York. She has worked as a tutor for children of all ages.

Anjali Nadig

Education: B.A., Miami University, M.P.A., New York University, J.D. UC Berkeley

Specialties: College admissions consulting, college application essays, resume/cover letters, interview preparation, scholarship application assistance

Anjali has always had a passion for shaping words into stories. With over 10 years of experience mentoring students on their college admissions journeys, including perfecting their application essays, she is committed to helping students find their unique voice. Prior to working with A Bloc of Writers, Anjali successfully led a 25-person college admissions consultant team for three years as the Consulting Operations Manager for the Bay Area’s largest educational consulting firm. Her experience there included assisting hundreds of students gain entrance into the Ivies and other top institutions by helping them identify the strongest direction for their overall application based on their varied life experiences.

Jennifer Deinard

Education: B.S. Boston University, College of Communication

New York University, Diploma in Coaching

Specialties: Jennifer is a published author of over 40 non-fiction books for children and adults. She began her career in book publishing where she worked in the marketing, sales, and eventually moved into editorial departments before starting her own freelance writing and editing business twenty years ago. For the last eight years she has worked as a writer, co-author, editor, and pre-reader for Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, honing her skills around crafting a personal narrative. She is also the Owner of Jot Coaching & Consulting, an executive and life coaching business in town.