University of Michigan (French, Literature)
University of Arizona (Master's)
I've worked in book publishing, communications, and PR for more than 30 years. I've been an independent writing consultant since 2010, helping clients with resumes, web content, manuscripts, and press materials.
My tutoring experience began with a high-school student who needed help with writing assignments. He was bright and creative and a pleasure to coach. I then joined WriterCoach Connection, at an El Cerrito middle school. I moved to El Cerrito High and now coach at Richmond High. Literacy levels vary, and many of the kids don't read on their own. My mission is to connect students with books: They become independent learners, develop new vocabulary, and better writers. I've seen it happen many times.
I've been a reader since childhood and have always found adventure and escape in books. I'm an enthusiastic teacher, and encourage students to develop a confident writing "voice," even with mundane assignments. Ideally we'd explore various angles on an assignment and make it more engaging to the writer (and the teacher). I urge students to try new words and ideas rather just complete the paper/essay/report.
If you'd like to work with a challenging, supportive tutor please contact me. I have a good sense of humor and make my sessions enjoyable. I've worked in book publishing, communications, and PR for more than 30 years. I've been an independent writing consultant since 2010, helping clients with resumes, web content, manuscripts, and press materials.
My tutoring experience began with a high-school student who needed help with writing assignments. He was bright and creative
Elizabeth is a highly experienced and engaging writing tutor who has helped my son with his various English assignments, including essays and text analysis. She makes use of every minute and shares her detailed knowledge of social /historical context of the material. Elizabeth always brings new ideas into their discussion and has helped my son to express his own points of view. I highly recommend her.
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I'm a longtime reader and English major. I've organized public events that promote literacy, such as book festivals, readings, library and author collaborations. I earned my B.A. in literature (I have a masters in Journalism). I've been a volunteer writing coach with high school students for more than four years: lots of grammar and syntax. My goal is to encourage reading; a lot of kids don't these days.
I've been a consumer of literature---fiction, poetry, and nonfiction---for decades. It is the best way to discover and learn things on your own. I've composed many book reviews and essays and edited several manuscripts for publication. I'm well read and have been a member of two book clubs; literary criticism is a favorite genre.
In my capacity as an executive director and communications manager I've done a lot of public speaking. I was also a member of an East Bay chapter of Toastmasters, where I earned certification. I provide informal speaking advice to colleagues who are ill at ease in front of a mic, delivering remarks. I coach them on voice projection, pacing, and pausing. I also urge people not to read their copy---it can really undermine your impact.
I have 30 years of writing and editorial experience, including working as a communications manager at a local museum and in PR for many Bay Area nonprofit arts, political, and literacy groups. I've been a writing coach for East Bay high schools since 2011 and a private writing tutor. As owner of my own company, I've provided several clients with fresh, succinct resumes and personal statements and web content.