Faye Rapoport DesPres, Writing Tutor

Faye Rapoport DesPres, Writing Tutor

5.0 (2)
Best of 2022
1 employee
2 years in business

About this tutor

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.

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Cambridge, MA 02140
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  • Andrea Fleurant

    Dr. DesPres is an incredible instructor! She is patient, sincere, and shows genuine concern for her students. Not only was she there for me academically, but she also supported me emotionally. I feel incredibly blessed having worked with Dr. DesPres and I strongly recommend her!

  • Kelly Esposito

    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.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

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.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

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.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge based on half-hour, 45-minute, or hour-long sessions.

$20/half hour

$30/45 minutes


A sliding scale may be possible.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching once I earned my MFA. A friend recommended me for a college teaching position, and I got the position.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with undergraduate college students, freshmen through seniors, and with adult learners. I feel confident I could also work with younger students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

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.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

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 questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

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?

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