Many students dread writing
because they find it tedious or irrelevant to their lives at present; others love to write creatively but find the conventions of academic discourse too constricting. My goal, both as a professor of college writing and as a tutor, is to help students view every assignment as an opportunity to explore the ideas that interest them and to produce pieces of writing that are both relevant and unique. Once they feel empowered by the conventions of genre rather than constrained, they are free to begin exploring the world around them and cultivating a craft that will serve them in any field of study they pursue.
I have been teaching at the college level for over four years now and firmly believe that those who invest themselves in the creative act
of writing demonstrate a higher level of intellectual engagement with the topics at hand. Therefore, I strive to equip students with basic composition techniques that can be applied to a variety of genres and to support the development of writing projects that are both critically sound and creative in nature. Once a student begins writing from a place of personal interest, even research papers become truly inspired pieces of writing and sources of pride.
I have an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where I also taught Introduction to College Writing and Research Writing, and I have taught Writing and Literature
courses at Wheaton College and DePaul University. I have also worked in the publishing industry as a proofreader, associate editor
, and fiction editor. My experiences writing for both the page and the stage have taught me to be patient and disciplined in my own writing practices, and my tutoring style mirrors those habits. My classrooms are laid back yet efficient, and I enjoy collaborating with others to enable work that represents their unique perspectives and authorial voices. Whether your project is creative, expository, research-oriented, or all of the above, I can help.
24 hours notice required
Travels within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60647