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Kathy S.

West Chester, OH

$35/hour

Career Technical & Business Writer and University Instructor

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Miami Unversity
English Literature
Miami Unversity
Master's

Education

Miami Unversity (English Literature)

Miami Unversity (Master's)

About Kathy

I'm excited to help developing writers improve their communication ability and grades, but also their confidence with the written word. My name is Kathy. I'm a mother of four with a 25-year career as a technical and business writer in the Cincinnati area. I am currently a Principal Consultant with a local training and communications firm, where I develop training and technical communications for large clients, such as General Electric and Procter & Gamble. I am also a freelance technical writer and editor with over 30 edited books and academic papers on my resume.

With a Master's degree in Technical & Scientific Communication from Miami University, I am qualified to help you or your student succeed as a writer. I have taught English and writing courses at the university level since 1997, including undergraduate Technical Writing and Business Writing and graduate Technical Editing.

I look forward to meeting you and your student!

I am an outstanding English tutor because I love the written word and value clear, concise communication in all situations, whether personal, professional, or academic. As a 25-year professional and technical writer, university instructor, and editor, I can help you or your student improve and even excel as a communicator. I believe that my passion for writing is contagious! I can make learning to write well and achieving your writing goals interesting and fun by tapping into what is important to you and making your writing relevant to your life. I'll also explain WHY every step of the way--my feedback and guidance will always be grounded in the reason or reasons one writing choice might be preferable to another and explain in language that makes sense.

I'd love to meet and share with you and your student my passion for effective written communication, whatever your goals.
I'm excited to help developing writers improve their communication ability and grades, but also their confidence with the written word. My name is Kathy. I'm a mother of four with a 25-year career as a technical and business writer in the Cincinnati area. I am currently a Principal Consultant with a local training and communications firm, where I Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Purchase 1-2 hours: $35/hr; Purchase 3+ hours $30/hr.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of West Chester, OH 45069
In-person lessons
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

As a life-long speaker of English, a holder of two English degrees (literature and technical communication), a career-long professional writer in English, and a long-time college English instructor, I believe I am especially qualified to help you succeed in English subjects, whatever your goals. Whether you want to improve your vocabulary, bone up on your American literature, streamline how you communicate, or prepare for a big exam, I can diagnose your challenges and help you see immediate improvement.

Grammar

I love grammar! Who else says that? But I sincerely do love understanding the various rules we follow in Standard American English so that we can communicate clearly and effectively. Effective communication is a combination of the sender, the receiver, the message, and the channel. Grammar is part of the channel by which we communicate with one another, and although it's just a tool (and not the message itself), it's an important tool that helps us communicate clearly and avoid miscommunication. Let me help you communicate your thoughts clearly by teaching you how to use the tool effective writers apply appropriately--grammar!

Literature

I am a life-long lover of fiction and have a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Miami University, with focuses in Shakespeare, American Naturalism and Realism (1865-1920), and women in literature. I can help you critically analyze the major works of fiction--a skill most high school and university English teachers value--so that you understand what you are reading and can react to it from your own perspective. A good teacher or tutor of literature helps you see the universality of the themes in what you're reading and understand how a work of fiction can be relevant to your life!

Proofreading

I have been a technical editor of more than 30 books, chapters, and academic and journal papers for the last 25 years. Let me apply my expert editing and proofreading skills to your writing and teach you how to proof your own work more effectively. I know all of the little-known punctuation and grammar rules in the book (literally, the Harbrace College Handbook!), and I'd love to help you understand when the rules are important and when you might break them for literary effect or artistic license. I have expertise with the Chicago Manual of Style (for authors, editors and publishers of books, periodicals and journals), but I also have experience with the AP Stylebook (journalism style).

Vocabulary

As a life-long writer and voracious reader, I have amassed an extensive vocabulary. (All bragging aside, however, I am a fan of choosing the simplest word whenever possible!)

Miami Unversity
English Literature
Miami Unversity
Master's

Education

Miami Unversity (English Literature)

Miami Unversity (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Purchase 1-2 hours: $35/hr; Purchase 3+ hours $30/hr.

Travel policy

Kathy will travel within 20 miles of West Chester, OH 45069.