Daniel Be.


Daniel is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of five books of literary nonfiction.  He specializes in coaching students on their personal statements and other application essays, whether the goal is getting into a great college, grad school, or medical school.  Daniel’s most recent book, Sing for Your Life, was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book of the Year.  His writing has won a number of awards and appeared in places like the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, Mother Jones, the New York Times Book Review, and on the New York Times op-ed page.  

But just as important as his writing, Daniel is a devoted teacher.  Kind and encouraging, and yet exacting, he is passionate about helping others to choose their most compelling material, find their most powerful voices, shape their ideas elegantly, and express themselves unforgettably on the page.  He has decades of experience at a range of schools, from the Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn to Columbia University’s M.F.A. writing program. His skills in writing and communicating are easily transferable to the application process; at Cambridge Coaching, he’s adept at supporting college, medical, business, and graduate bound students with the written components of their applications.

Education & Qualifications
  • Publication of five books of nonfiction; a sixth book forthcoming from HarperCollins; many stories in the New York Times Magazine and other major outlets
  • Columbia University, MFA Nonfiction Writing Program, Faculty
  • The Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, Faculty
  • Columbia University, MFA in Fiction Writing
  • Brown University, BA
  • Expository Writing & the Essay
  • English & Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • College Admissions
  • Medical School Admissions
  • MBA Admissions
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "There was a remarkable improvement in my writing after working with Daniel. I hadn’t written for a long time, and working with him, I was able to become accustomed to writing again in no time at all. Daniel has a true gift as a writing tutor. He is able to help you through the writing process without putting words in your mouth. He can recognize what it is you are trying to say and guide you towards the ultimate result without getting in the way. I would highly recommend Daniel to anyone who is in need of help with writing."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Brendan M)