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Catherine R.

Norwalk, CT

$50/hour

Speak, read, and write -- and do it well!

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Towson University
Communications
Emerson College
Master's
California State University, Long Beach
Master's

Education

Towson University (Communications)

Emerson College (Master's)

California State University, Long Beach (Master's)

About Catherine

Words can be challenging, and language is full of peculiarities, right? Creating and giving speeches can make a person all sweaty and frustrated, too. Sometimes even the simple act of organizing your thoughts and your time well enough to start a project can be difficult. But words can -- and should -- be funny, fun, and flexible.

Language makes us human, and how we communicate makes us who we are as individuals. How well we communicate can often mean the difference between happiness and anxiety, success and failure, or a good outcome and a bad one. And communication is a two-way street, involving both taking in information (reading) and presenting it (writing and speaking). Yes, even as our highly digital word evolves, we continue to need to master human language.

I've had experience working with k-12 since 1998, and with adult professionals since 1993. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Communications and have had graduate-level training in multiple liberal arts disciplines. In addition, I have more than 30 years of experience in the business/professional world, am a published writer, and have worked as both a writer and editor in print and other media.

If you need support with words -- reading them, organizing them, making them work for you -- I can help. I've worked with students in reading, writing, and the performing arts, as well as with adults and business professionals who needed help in finding their own voices, both in print and in public. My own background is as writer, editor, and researcher, and I have subject experience in history, literature, the arts, social sciences, and much more. I'm experienced in helping others understand the words of others, and helping them to create everything from personal speeches to lengthy narratives.

Let's connect, and we'll see if I can help.
Words can be challenging, and language is full of peculiarities, right? Creating and giving speeches can make a person all sweaty and frustrated, too. Sometimes even the simple act of organizing your thoughts and your time well enough to start a project can be difficult. But words can -- and should -- be funny, fun, and flexible.
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Rate may be negotiable on longer-term projects

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Norwalk, CT 06851
In-person lessons
Art:
Film,
Theater
Computer:
Macintosh
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

Years of professional experience in presenting and writing for the stage, film, radio, personal speaking, and in academia and journalism has taught me to appreciate both the flexibility and the frustrating limitations of the English language.

Film

Undergraduate work in communications, and graduate work in the performing arts. Since then, I have nearly 20 years of experience in writing for film and video. I've written for film in the short form (commercials and interstitials) and long form (history works for PBS). Having worked as a producer in public media, I have a refined sense of how film and video can be used to their best narrative advantage.

Grammar

I hold a Bachelor's degree in communications, with additional training to the Master's level. I learned the strict rules of grammar early, but I firmly believe that the best way to use language is to acknowledge its flexibility and evolution. In other words, we may choose to break and bend the rules of grammar and language to serve our purposes -- but we have to learn them first, and learn them well.

Literature

There is delight to be found in all forms of literature, everything from pop culture to the classics. My reading background spans from classic comics (Peanuts, Spiderman, Chas. Addams, up through Bloom County and beyond), through Douglas Adams and Steven King, to Yeats and Joyce. We all just need to find what we like, and learn to appreciate all of it.

Macintosh

I have been a savvy and capable Apple user since before the days of the first boxy desktop units. I am familiar with most native Apple apps and software.

Proofreading

I have worked on proofing projects through agencies for major national brands, and for smaller companies as well. I've proofed in static digital (web, ebooks, etc.), active digital (film, credits, etc.), and in print. I believe in the deft application of the Oxford comma and in being sure your work product (whether Doctoral dissertation, business letter, homework essay, or -- gasp! even a FaceBook post) says exactly what you want it to and is clean and correct before it moves out the door.

Reading

My reading background spans from classic comics (Peanuts, Spiderman, Chas. Addams, and up through Bloom County and beyond), through Douglas Adams and Steven King, to Yeats and Joyce. Reading should -- and can -- be fun and fulfilling, not just a chore.

Spelling

I hold a Bachelor's degree in communications, with additional training to the Master's level. I learned to read and write very early, and throughout my career in editorial and media, I have relied on my instincts in appreciating the well-employed word and in spotting the misspelled ones. I am probably one of the few people who wishes that spellcheckers had never been invented, and I never trust them as my only review of written work. And I believe that the ear and eye for spelling can be taught and honed.

Study Skills

Everyone's mind works differently, and everyone learns differently, so how a person studies needs to be flexible. But there are standards and skills that can be taught and reinforced. I've worked with students who thrived in the old-fashioned learning models, and with those who needs to approach things differently. It's all good.

Theater

I have more than 30 years of experience as an actor, director, and writer for the stage. I have done master's work in theatre, and have experience with all genres.

Vocabulary

I hold a Bachelor's degree in communications, with additional training to the Master's level. My skills with vocabulary were developed early, even before formal schooling, perhaps because I was fortunate to have been raised in a reading household. My background in language, which has been employed in the creation and correction of all sorts of writing over the years, means that I'm the person who will point out that "discreet" and "discrete" have different meanings, and that "myriad" is a modifier not a noun.

Writing

I hold a Bachelor's degree in communications, with additional training to the Master's level. I also have more than 30 years of professional experience in editorial and education. My work has been published and produced, and I have managed the work of other writers -- of all ages.

Towson University
Communications
Emerson College
Master's
California State University, Long Beach
Master's

Education

Towson University (Communications)

Emerson College (Master's)

California State University, Long Beach (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Rate may be negotiable on longer-term projects

Travel policy

Catherine will travel within 20 miles of Norwalk, CT 06851.