Looking for a writing
coach to help you bring your ideas alive? I teach teenagers and adults to write strong research papers and timed writings. I can even help with college admissions essays.
I’m a writer, private school teacher and lifelong learner. My knowledge and expertise have earned me master’s degrees from American University and Oxford. At both universities I won fellowships and distinction for academics and writing. And in March 2012, I was a three-time champion on the quiz show “Jeopardy.”
My clients include high school and college students and high-achieving adult professionals. I’ve helped students prepare for AP, IB and SAT
exams, write college application
essays and polish English
as a second language
I specialize as a writing coach because working as a private school teacher I saw that relatively simple changes can transform a student’s writing. Making these changes requires one-on-one attention, though. Drawing
on my background as an editor
, teacher and creative writer, I can quickly diagnose the most important areas for a student to work on. I choose to build on students’ existing strengths rather than giving everyone a “one size fits all” list of writing rules.
One-on-one tutoring allows me to address specific challenges and make every moment count. I recently earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, which gives me a more in-depth understanding of the writing process and mechanics than most tutors. I can help with problems from writer’s block to verb tenses and sentence construction. This individual attention can make a big difference. One smart, motivated student who worked with me for two hours saw his history essay
test grades rise by a full letter grade.
College and grad school admissions essays present a unique challenge that I also help with. College applications ask for a “personal essay” that reveals the student’s personality. Yet high schools don’t teach this kind of writing. High school students have spent years trying to learn impersonal, academic writing. Writing the personal application essay is thus a challenge even for students who earn good grades. I can help. My MFA in creative writing focused on literary nonfiction and I’m a published writer in the field. My recommendations can transform a dull essay and put the “personal” back in the personal essay.
The subjects I focus on are history, social studies
. I’ve taught world, European and Middle Eastern history at Sidwell Friends School here in Washington. I’ve also taught history and literature at a highly-ranked New England boarding school, where I return every summer to teach an intensive class on comparative religions.
As your writing coach, I will establish clear goals with you, listen to your feedback and make every minute count.
You can learn more about my background by clicking on the subject areas on the left. Please send me a message if you want to discuss whether writing coaching would be appropriate for you or your child. I can also answer questions about my teaching philosophy
and Wyzant's payment policies. Discounts are available for multi-hour packages.
I’m available Monday through Friday in the afternoon and evenings. Because I prepare ahead for our coaching sessions, I can’t take last minute appointments, however. You’ll get the most value out of our meeting if you schedule at least 48 hours in advance.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you or your child improve.