I believe creative writing as an outlet for understanding the world, exploring new emotions, and of course, dealing with the weirdness that is high school.
Working with high school, middle school, and even elementary school aged students on discovering their creative writing talent is one of my passions. I started writing poetry when I was eleven years old, and through the support of my high school English teacher, I continued to pursue creative writing as an outlet for understanding the world, exploring new emotions, and of course, dealing with the weirdness that is high school.
I provide intensive, individualized coaching on fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction (like memoir, personal essay, and experimental forms). My goal is to not only push each student creatively but to give them the tools and resources to continue improving their writing craft.
The writing we work on does not have to be for a school assignment! We can work towards a personal goal, perhaps completing the Nanowrimo challenge, or writing a short story you feel proud of. For those interested in putting their writing "out there," we can use my growing resource list and my contacts in the professional writing and education worlds to find contests, magazines, newspapers, or blogs to guide our writing projects. For example, the Scholastic Awards are a wonderful, nationally recognized creative writing contest. (There are art and journalist categories as well.)
With so many options for communicating, I aim to be as flexible as I can with your preferences. Don't like talking on the phone? We can message through Google Chat. The only free time you have is the thirty minutes in between your Amnesty International meeting and Club Volleyball on Wednesdays? We can set up re-occurring text conversations.
I charge a flat rate of $50/hour, which can be divided up into smaller timer periods depending on how you want to interact with me. Ready to book? Fill out the New Client Form.
I also frequently look for local camp or small group opportunities to share my love of writing with K-12 students. Check out my Workshops page to see my availability, or to contact me with group inquiries.