Bachelor of Arts- The Evergreen State College (Literature, Cultural)
St John's Graduate Institute (Other)
U.C. Santa Cruz (PhD)
Writing is a practice. Like riding a bike, the more you do it the better you get. I help clients sharpen their ability to discern what is useful and what can be discarded. The result of patience and refinement is skill—the increased ability to hear, see and edit one’s own work, so goals can be met with minimal anxiety and maximum efficiency.
I offer writing support for research, theses, job application letters, essays, fiction and nonfiction book projects, creative writing, poetry, and ongoing writing inquiry. Writing involves many drafts. Together we may conceive of ideas, compose, draft, revise, organize, and polish your writing project. No matter the kind of writing, I work with all clients to develop patience, refinement and skill. All writing is a process, even writing that has a final goal. Writing comes from feedback and more writing. So, the nature of the feedback and conversation between student and teacher, client and writing guide, matters. Each individual’s needs must be discovered and engaged, resulting in a conversation that is lively, safe, and fun. This is a tall order and can only be carried out well when experience and patience are put into play.
When working on Admission Essays for High School, College or Graduate School, students and I use the essay as an occasion to reflect on their lives and to discover and articulate what has been significant. At first it’s a little bit like a jazz improvisation as we discover where the excitement can take off and what works. We start with an interview. Then we take interesting elements from the interview and brainstorm about them in writing. Students then generate drafts of possible essay directions and we work together to weave memories, imagination, and their own unique voice into clear and compelling essay material. Finally, we strategically organize their stories into personal statements and supplements that are unique, clear, strong, and stand out. From our start with exploratory improvisation we end with a final essay that is more like a symphony.
Writing draws from experience, the intellect, and imagination, and this combination is evident in the two critical books I have published, my eight books of poetry and my numerous chapbooks and articles. As a poet, I understand that imagination is necessary to a compelling essay and any powerful writing. My approach addresses all aspects of this important work. In addition I have many years of one-on-one and in class teaching experience with students from many different backgrounds ranging from preschool to graduate school.
It would be my pleasure to work with your child or with you to meet a goal, strengthen skills, and discover the surprises the writing process holds. Please be in touch soon so we can begin! Writing is a practice. Like riding a bike, the more you do it the better you get. I help clients sharpen their ability to discern what is useful and what can be discarded. The result of patience and refinement is skill—the increased ability to hear, see and edit one’s own work, so goals can be met with minimal anxiety and maximum efficiency.
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