You Know You. Your Family Knows You. So Why is Telling the Story of You So Hard?

When you’re applying to college or graduate school, rebranding your website, beginning a novel, or launching a new blog, you need the writers and coaches at Just Start Storytellers to get the story of you just right.

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Awesome Team

  • Leah Levy

    Founder & Head Writing Consultant

    Hi, I’m Leah. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I write for businesses of all sizes, and help individuals find their creative voices.

    Here are a few stats, for those who like that sort of thing.

    I have

    1. A dual BA in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Creative Writing from the University of Rochester
    2. A Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from the University of Washington
    3. Run my own successful businesses tutoring and coaching students of all ages for a number of years.
    4. A number of fiction publications under my belt and hundreds of marketing and small business blogs published. (Yes, literally, hundreds, I don’t understand how it go that high either).

    What I do

    1. Write blogs, in-depth articles, ads and web copy for solopreneurs, small businesses and major corporations. (I’ll even write them for your wedding website, if you so desire, with plenty of flare).
    2. Help applicants apply to private high schools, university, and graduate school find their voice and tell their story so that they can get into their top programs.
    3. Help students of all ages (yep, from elementary school on up to octogenarian grad students) write the best essays and creative stories, novels and play that they can. Want more?

    Contact us To get started with Leah today!

    Want more?

    All of my life I’ve had to deal with two people living inside my body. No, not in a freaky, alien kind of way. In a left brain vs. right brain sort of way.

    Learn More About Creative Leah

  • Jamie Oldham

    Head College and Graduate School Admissions Coach

    There aren’t many English Literature PhD candidates who will admit to loving young adult novels, but Jamie Oldham isn’t every PhD candidate.

    What exactly should that mean to you? Jamie has a sharp creative and analytical mind - the kind that gets things done and gets ‘em done right - but she ain’t no fuddy duddy professor sitting up in her ivory tower ensconced in tweed. (And no offense to professors, here, though if you’re still wearing tweed, we’ve got a few things to talk about).

    Jamie just “gets” her students. Her manner is firm yet compassionate, and she won’t shy away from a Twilight reference if it’ll help get her students on track. That’s probably why her CV is bursting with counseling experience. As a Writing Consultant at the University of Washington’s Center for Learning and Undergraduate Education, Jamie helped students from all walks of life, including gifted, international and returning students, as well as those with a broad spectrum of learning disabilities. She has also worked in college transition programs, helping students learn the skills needed to help them survive in a college environment, both academically and socially. As a college counselor with a history of success, Jamie considers herself an ally for students and families. She knows just how stressful this process can be, and seeks to make it fun for all involved.

    What exactly does that mean? Jamie will:

    • Do an in-depth intake, learning about every aspect you or your child’s personality and needs
    • Help sort through a wide range of colleges and develop a list
    • Coach the applicant on interviewing skills
    • Organize and track every aspect of the application, including deadline due dates
    • Introduce your family to the FAFSA and CSS profile
    • Guide you through the decision-making process
    • Decrease stress so your family can go back to enjoying one another. Remember what that was like?

    Need more convincing about just how cool Jamie is? Well, when she is not working with students, she can be found devouring Young Adult novels that she thinks her students might like, cooking, scouring the city for Seattle’s best cappuccino and spending time with Bella, her best canine friend. She loves working at Just Start and thinks she might have the best job in the world.

    Contact us to get started with Jamie today!

Work With Us

Before we can get started, we need you to take a quick pop quiz. Click on the title below that feels most like you.

Business owner?

We’ll help you rewrite your website, create a full-on SEO-optimized content strategy, and produce regular, timely, helpful and FUN blogposts and eBlasts to keep you in your customers’ radar.

High school, college or graduate school applicant?

We’ll help you find and tell your unique story, so that you can get into the programs of your choice.

Writer or student of any kind?

We’ll help you learn the fundamentals of academic and creative writing, and take your visions up to the next level.

Who Loves Us

She is really good at just calming me down. Sometimes I would go in [to a meeting with her] and I would just be freaking out. When I left, I always felt better and like I knew what to do next to solve the problem.

University of Washington Composition Student,

I first recommended Leah to Distilled as a freelance writer and within months she proved to be the best writer we had on staff. Years later, she is the go to writer for almost everyone internally at Distilled. We know if we want a piece done right, quickly, and at the highest quality, Leah can do the job. We made her the coordinator of all of our consultants and she has blown away the entire company. She is the most dedicated, creative, personable, friendly, accurate, timely, fun, and exciting writer I have ever met. If anyone takes her from us, I will cry for 5 years. 5 straight years.

Kate Morris, SEO Marketing Consultant , Distilled

I had an amazing experience working with Leah on a college application essay. She helped me edit and polish my work so that I could express myself and what I had to say in the best way possible. It was gratifying and rewarding to be able to submit an essay that I was proud of and truly expressed who I was. I have Leah to thank for helping me get into the college of my dreams!

Lilly Adams, Student, Berkeley-Bound Seattleite

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