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.