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Joy B.

Florence, MA

$90/hour

Professional Writer, Editor, MFA Grad For Tutoring in Reading/Writing

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Competent and patient
— Joan, New York, NY on 7/26/15

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Bard College
Literature
The New School
Master's
>Columbia University
Other

Education

Bard College (Literature)

The New School (Master's)

>Columbia University (Other)

About Joy

I'm a fiction writer, freelance editor, and writing instructor living in Northampton, MA. Since 2008, I've taught high school and college-level writing in NYC as well as read and edited for a number of literary journals. Recently, I moved to Western MA where I founded Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, a local writing school that offers a range of workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction as well as manuscript consulting and editing services. I hold an MFA from The New School, and my short stories have been published or are forthcoming in Tin House, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, PANK, New Ohio Review, F(r)iction, and elsewhere. Recently, I was the runner-up in the 2016 Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest, winner of F(r)iction's 2016 winter flash fiction contest, a finalist for the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship from Smokelong Quarterly, and 4th place winner in NYC Midnight's international 2016 Short Story Challenge, and a finalist for scholarships from Tin House and Breadloaf. I'm very immersed in the literary world and love working with other writers or anyone needing guidance or feedback on a writing project. I've worked extensively with NYC-based literary magazines, writers, and editors.

The way I normally work is to offer line-by-line comments and notes on your work through either google docs or track changes (if you're not familiar with these, that's not a problem at all - both are very straightforward and easy to use). Depending on the type of feedback you're looking for, I also often write up a 2-3 page letter of big-picture suggestions for revision. If you're not looking for this type of rigorous editorial work and want something quicker and lighter or simply want to meet to discuss a project, that's fine too!
I'm a fiction writer, freelance editor, and writing instructor living in Northampton, MA. Since 2008, I've taught high school and college-level writing in NYC as well as read and edited for a number of literary journals. Recently, I moved to Western MA where I founded Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, a local writing school that offers a range of Read more

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Cancellation
36 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Florence, MA 01062

"Competent and patient"

- Joan, New York, NY on 7/26/15
Math:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, GRE
Science:
Elementary Science
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GRE, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Public Speaking

Throughout high school and college, I was very involved with theater and drama, which gave me a strong foundation in the basics of public speaking, such as projection, enunciation, clarity, speaking speed, etc. As a public school teacher, my comfort and ability as a presenter increased immensely. In grad school, I was a member of Toastmasters, and as a TA in grad school I continued to hone my own speaking ability as well as giving tips and pointers to students when they would present to the class, which was often.

SAT Reading

From 2011-2013 I worked as an academic coach/private tutor for the NYC-based Private Prep. I tutored high school students in reading comprehension, essay writing, grammar, and vocabulary with special focus on students preparing for the verbal sections of the SAT or ACT. I tutored many SAT/ACT students in all aspects of test-prep: reading strategies, timing, vocabulary, essay writing, strategies for multiple choice questions, inference, analogies, etc. All the students I worked with consistently did improve their SAT/ACT scores, though it was often proportional to the work they put in studying.

Study Skills

When I taught 11th grade in NYC for two years, I worked one-on-one with individual students who needed help managing their workloads. I helped them come up with organizational methods as well as ways of approaching the work to make it more manageable. I continued to address study skills when I tutored for two NYC-based tutoring companies. I helped students who were prone to procrastination, anxiety, and disorganization figure out the most effective and productive way to approach their work. Often it involved greater organization, lists, letting go of perfectionist tendency that led to avoidance, forming study groups or reaching out for assistance, among other things. I would love to continue helping students with study skills.

Writing

I've been a private writing coach since 2010. In 2013, I received my MFA in writing from The New School, where I also worked as an editor and staff reader for the literary journal, LIT. While in grad school, I was a teaching assistant in the writing program and I also continued my private tutoring, specifically for Private Prep, an elite Manhattan-based tutoring agency. In 2015, Tin House, one of the most widely-recognized literary journals, published a short piece of mine in their Flash Fridays series. Beyond graduate school, I've attended The Kenyon Review Summer Writers Workshop, The Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and NYC's The Center for Fiction Novel Workshop. I was a semi-finalist for an international flash fiction contest (NYC Midnight's Flash Fiction Challenge, 2015) and I was recently selected for a masterclass with fiction legend Mary Gaitskill. The MFA writing program emphasizes constant editing and critique of classmate's work, so I am very experienced as a reader and editor of others' work as well as my own.

Bard College
Literature
The New School
Master's
>Columbia University
Other

Education

Bard College (Literature)

The New School (Master's)

>Columbia University (Other)

Competent and patient

We worked on my spoken English. In this session, I gave a short speech (two minutes) on a specific topic; Joy listened very carefully and gave me feedback on pronunciation, a flow of the content, grammar, etc. She was very specific in pointing out the areas that I need to improve more. She is very knowledgeable and fun to work with! She listens very carefully and responds to my specific need.

— Joan, New York, NY on 7/26/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $90.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Joy will travel within 20 miles of Florence, MA 01062.