Jay studied psychology at Yale University, where he graduated cum laude with distinction in the major. His senior thesis was published in The Journal of Social Issues and cited over 150 times, and two of the magazine articles he wrote as an undergrad are still taught in Yale’s nonfiction writing classes.
After graduating, Jay served as Senior Editor at Psychology Today, and his feature articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Slate, and Wired. Jay has taught creative writing at Columbia University, and he is the founder and lead instructor of The New York Writers’ Intensive, a writing school that offers storytelling classes, writing workshops, and corporate training to companies in New York City and across the country.
For the last 16 years, Jay has worked as a private writing tutor in Manhattan, coaching high school and college students on coursework and academic papers. He’s also helped hundreds of students write and edit personal statements and application essays for college, law school, medical school, and business school, and his clients have gained admission at Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Colgate, NYU, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Cornell Law School, and Harvard Business School.
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