I am a creative writer who earned a B.S. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Solstice Program at Pine Manor College. I have published three books: a personal essay collection and two children's books. I also taught expository writing, freshman writing, creative writing, and literature courses for five years at the undergraduate level. I am a caring and attentive instructor who enjoys seeing students excel. Although most of my experience is with college and adult students, I would enjoy working with students at any level. I taught one-on-one senior capstone projects in creative writing at Lasell University, and one of my students made a special request to work with me two semesters in a row.
Before Faye I thought I was, you know, half way decent at writing - maybe somewhere close to good. With her I learned more than I had in my three previous years of college. I would be no where without her, and every once and awhile I still hear her voice in my head telling me it’s just a first draft and get it out. She is a constant source of inspiration. My writing would be nothing without her.
We introduce ourselves and talk about the student's goals. What motivated the student to sign up for tutoring? What are the student's strengths and weaknesses as a writer? What does the student love or hate about writing? We determine where the student is with writing, and where the student wants to go. Then we begin to form a plan to help the student get there.
I have an undergraduate degree in English and two Master's Degrees -- one in Environmental Science/Communications (with a focus on journalism) and the other in Creative Writing. I have worked as a journalist, a public relations/marketing writer, and a writing instructor. I have also published three books. I know writing, and I enjoy helping students gain improved writing skills.
I charge based on half-hour, 45-minute, or hour-long sessions.
A sliding scale may be possible.
I started teaching once I earned my MFA. A friend recommended me for a college teaching position, and I got the position.
I have worked with undergraduate college students, freshmen through seniors, and with adult learners. I feel confident I could also work with younger students.
I recently enjoyed launching the second of my children's books -- Tribbs: The Very Handsome Cat. I donate a portion of the proceeds from my children's books to non-profit animal rescue organizations.
Find a teacher you feel comfortable working with, someone who will take their time finding ways to help you so you can enjoy the work.
What do I enjoy about writing?
What type of writing do I have trouble with, and why?
How could a tutor help me improve my writing?
Am I prepared to learn to write better and to do my own work, and not to expect a tutor to do the work for me?