Dan Stolar

Dan Stolar

Chicago, Illinois



I’m a creative writing professor at DePaul University and a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. I graduated from Harvard University and got into all of the med schools I applied to as well (I eventually withdrew from Yale Med to get an MFA in creative writing) so I was pretty good at this game. And I believe it can be helpful for students to think of it as a game. It’s hard to be creative when you feel under pressure. I’ve spent the last 20 years teaching creative writing workshops, so I’ve gotten good at helping young people find THEIR voices. I've also seen it from the parent side: my daughter starts Northwestern in Fall 2021.

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Academic Record

University of Arizona

Master , GPA: 4.00

Creative Writing as major

Aug. 1, 1994 ~ June 1, 1997

Harvard University

Bachelor , GPA: 3.75

Psychology as major

Aug. 1, 1985 ~ June 1, 1989

Work Experiences

Total Consulting Experiences: 18.1 years


DePaul University

Aug. 1, 2004 ~ now , 18.1 years

I teach Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writing to undergraduates and graduate students




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Personal Statement Coaching

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I walk students through the entire essay writing process, from brainstorming ideas to perfecting a final draft. It takes as much time or as little as you need.

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- Essay Editing

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$ 200