Derek O. Creative Writing Tutoring

Derek O. Creative Writing Tutoring

1 employee
7 years in business

About this tutor

I am a published writer of creative short fiction who is looking to share his passion for the craft with the next generation of aspiring writers. I am a super friendly educator who has knowledge about what it takes to get your fiction published at competitive online journals. I have an abundance of useful tips and tricks which can help writers develop convincing three-dimensional characters and exciting, well-structured plots.

Currently I specialize in flash fiction, short fiction, and genre novel writing.

I have been nominated for the James Kirkwood Prize for Creative Writing at UCLA Extension's famous writers program. My work has appeared in such online journals as, Jersey Devil Press, and No Extra Words. 

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Hazlet, NJ 07730
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

 I am very kind and patient, believing that a student must learn at his or her pace, and my students often find that I have a great sense of humor.

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

I have a BA degree in Communications from Rowan University. I have also worked as a freelance copywriter and copyeditor for four years, during which time I developed impeccable grammar skills!

How did you get started teaching?

I got my start working as a reading coach for Americorps in Brockton, MA. I went on to work as a writing instructor in various after school programs and camps. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Over the course of my career I have tutored K-12 students from a wide variety of backgrounds and starting-points.

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

Make sure the tutor has a relevant background to your subject of need--preferrably some kind of paid experience working as a professional in the field. 

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

Anything that comes to mind! The only "bad" questions are those that are left unasked. Pick your tutor's brain!

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