Tutor with experience
Tutor with experience
Great writing arises out of mastery of four different domains:
1) Personal Creativity
2) Telling a Compelling Story
3) Organizing ideas with Structure and Logic
4) Knowing and Applying Grammar Rules
While teaching at Cornerstone University (CU), Grand Rapids, MI, I've discovered that most of my students came into class feeling well versed in one or two of these domains, but they had never identified how their strengths and weaknesses influenced their overall writing ability.
Many students are frustrated with the overall writing process because they didn't understand or receive support equipping them to excel at writing by mastering all four domains. After students completed my course, testing of all students, across all sections revealed that my students performed at the forefront of their peers.
In my classes and tutoring on here on Wzyant, I lead my students into each writing domain. We measure and make progress in each domain, and my students master writing though mastering / making progress across each of these four domains with practical experience, aundant feedback, and learning grammar's necessary rules.
In addition to my teaching position, I founded AN adult writing group in West Michigan. Word Weavers West Michigan is responsible for producing professional writers and conference speakers who are now published online and in print, and who speak across the country.
No one understands the writing process better than someone who stands in front of adults and young adult students, helping them overcome their frustrations, and supporting them as they develop excellent writing skills, better than I do. My students develop both mastery and confidence to present their ideas with distinctive clarity.
I began my writing career in 2001, attending my first writing conferences and speaking with editors about what they expected before offering book publishing contracts. After publishing my first book in 2004 and contributing to 8 more nationally published books in the next years,
in 2010, I began speaking at the same conferences in which I found mentoring and encouragement. In 2012, at the Breathe Writers Conference in Michigan, publisher Tim Beals of Credo Communications called me "one of the best organizers of writers in the Midwest." The same year, I became a contributing editor of the West Michigan Christian News, an in-print and online local news organization serving the Christian marketplace.
Looking back, during my high school and college careers, like students who take my class at CU, I was at the forefront of my peers. I was Valedictorian of my 200-plus member high school class, and carried a 3.64 grade point average in college.
I was President of my high school's National Honors Society, co-editor of our yearbook, listed in my graduating class's Who's Who of Ameican High School Students, and inducted into an honors fraternity in the middle of my freshman college year. I've learned from experience that excellence grows from learned skills, practice, mentoring and an expectation of excellence. My students thrive in this environment. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing "the lights go on" in a student's eyes as they discover they can achieve their goals, and they are good at something that was a prior struggle.
While I don't have a GPA to quote in English or Journalism studies, my decade and a half of commitment and excellence in journalism, news reporting, personal creative writing and academic communities all point to the success I bring to the writing and communication fields, and the excellence, experience and mastery in the field my students can expect as we work together.