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Gary P.

Experienced News Editor Mentoring Students Who Wish to Polish Writing

Experienced News Editor Mentoring Students Who Wish to Polish Writing

$30/hour

  • 52 hours tutoring

  • Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085

About Gary


Bio

A recipient of state, national and international writing awards, I was employed as a newspaper editor for many years, helping to mold dozens of young reporters into respected members of the Fourth Estate. Now retired, I would like to kindle the passions of other young writers by passing along the knowledge I've gained over the years, both in classrooms and bustling newsrooms. I've held nearly every writing position, from cub reporter (immediately after college) to managing editor. Like the...

A recipient of state, national and international writing awards, I was employed as a newspaper editor for many years, helping to mold dozens of young reporters into respected members of the Fourth Estate. Now retired, I would like to kindle the passions of other young writers by passing along the knowledge I've gained over the years, both in classrooms and bustling newsrooms. I've held nearly every writing position, from cub reporter (immediately after college) to managing editor. Like the rest of society, computers have transformed newspapers, yet for all of their blessings, they have a downside: editors now tend to rewrite in secret, and aspiring writers are the poorer for it. I won't let that happen. You will always know why changes are necessary. If you work with me, you will do lots of writing, adhering to Associated Press style rules.

Once I determine your current writing level, I'll work patiently and passionately with you, teaching you, among many other things, to choose your words with precision, to avoid redundancy, to shun sesquipedalian words when garden varieties will do quite nicely, and to be wary of over-the-top punctuation (fine writers can go a lifetime and never use an exclamation point). Words are like musical notes: they make sounds on paper (and computer screens). You will learn to read your work aloud before submitting it to me. Do you hear a symphony or a cacophony? My job is to elevate your writer's voice to one of distinction. Please feel free to contact me to learn more about my professional qualifications and to share your writing ambitions.


Education

University of Wisconsin
Journalism

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $30 for in-person / $30 for online
  • Travel policy: Within 15 miles of Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/30/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

No one should ever have to read a sentence twice because of the way it's constructed. I've found, when editing copy, that the surest way to detect grammatical errors is to "listen to the music." Read your work aloud. Do you hear a symphony or a cacophony? Grammatical errors will disrupt the melody of your writing.
Proofreading

Proofreading

As an editor, I taught reporters to proofread and rewrite their copy until they owned every word and punctuation mark. How many times? You'll know. Ernest Hemingway rewrote the ending of "A Farewell to Arms" 38 times. Rewrite your work until it flows from thought to thought without stumbling.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

No one should ever have to read a sentence twice because of the way it's constructed. I've found, when editing copy, that the surest way to detect grammatical errors is to "listen to the music." Read your work aloud. Do you hear a symphony or a cacophony? Grammatical errors will disrupt the melody of your writing.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Fine writing begins with an unflagging love of words, what they mean and how they are used. Repetition is the mother of study. If you're enamored of certain words, as I am, use them until they're a permanent part of your vocabulary. But beware: the simplest word is often the best choice.

English

English,

English

I have been in the language business all of my adult life, mostly at newspapers, but also as director of communications in the corporate arena. Tutoring English is the very essence of an editor's job. I've helped many reporters and business executives learn to write in a confident, distinguished voice.
Grammar,

Grammar

No one should ever have to read a sentence twice because of the way it's constructed. I've found, when editing copy, that the surest way to detect grammatical errors is to "listen to the music." Read your work aloud. Do you hear a symphony or a cacophony? Grammatical errors will disrupt the melody of your writing.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As an editor, I taught reporters to proofread and rewrite their copy until they owned every word and punctuation mark. How many times? You'll know. Ernest Hemingway rewrote the ending of "A Farewell to Arms" 38 times. Rewrite your work until it flows from thought to thought without stumbling.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Fine writing begins with an unflagging love of words, what they mean and how they are used. Repetition is the mother of study. If you're enamored of certain words, as I am, use them until they're a permanent part of your vocabulary. But beware: the simplest word is often the best choice.
Writing

Writing

I have been writing professionally since college, mostly as a reporter and editor for Wisconsin newspapers. I am a recipient of state, national, and international first-place writing awards in the areas of education, business, law, health care, politics, aviation, religion, mental health, the funeral home industry, features, and editorials. My stories have been carried globally by The Associated Press and other outlets. One of my students recently won the national Gold Medal for her critical essay on renewable energy, judged "the most outstanding work in the nation" out of 350,000 entries.

Homeschool

English,

English

I have been in the language business all of my adult life, mostly at newspapers, but also as director of communications in the corporate arena. Tutoring English is the very essence of an editor's job. I've helped many reporters and business executives learn to write in a confident, distinguished voice.
Writing

Writing

I have been writing professionally since college, mostly as a reporter and editor for Wisconsin newspapers. I am a recipient of state, national, and international first-place writing awards in the areas of education, business, law, health care, politics, aviation, religion, mental health, the funeral home industry, features, and editorials. My stories have been carried globally by The Associated Press and other outlets. One of my students recently won the national Gold Medal for her critical essay on renewable energy, judged "the most outstanding work in the nation" out of 350,000 entries.

Most Popular

English,

English

I have been in the language business all of my adult life, mostly at newspapers, but also as director of communications in the corporate arena. Tutoring English is the very essence of an editor's job. I've helped many reporters and business executives learn to write in a confident, distinguished voice.
Writing

Writing

I have been writing professionally since college, mostly as a reporter and editor for Wisconsin newspapers. I am a recipient of state, national, and international first-place writing awards in the areas of education, business, law, health care, politics, aviation, religion, mental health, the funeral home industry, features, and editorials. My stories have been carried globally by The Associated Press and other outlets. One of my students recently won the national Gold Medal for her critical essay on renewable energy, judged "the most outstanding work in the nation" out of 350,000 entries.

Summer

Writing

Writing

I have been writing professionally since college, mostly as a reporter and editor for Wisconsin newspapers. I am a recipient of state, national, and international first-place writing awards in the areas of education, business, law, health care, politics, aviation, religion, mental health, the funeral home industry, features, and editorials. My stories have been carried globally by The Associated Press and other outlets. One of my students recently won the national Gold Medal for her critical essay on renewable energy, judged "the most outstanding work in the nation" out of 350,000 entries.

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Writing Tutoring

Gary has helped me on several writing assignments online. He helps me get the flow going on my college papers and he is excellent on his skills of writing and editing. I would recommend him as a good choice on writing assignments.

Cheryl, 7 lessons with Gary

Best help there is!

Gary is the fast tutor you need when you are too late with your college essays and have run out of ideas. He uses the suggestions you have brought up and comes up with beautiful, creative thoughts that will make you seem incredibly intelligent, even though you are not.

Ellinor, 1 lesson with Gary

Thank you

Mr. Gary has been working with my high school son recently. He is a bright kid who always struggled with his writing skills. Just after 2 lessons, my son states that he is feeling more confident and he hopes to continue working with his tutor. Mr. Gary is knowledgeable and puts in lot of effort in his lessons and provides a valuable feedback.

Sonia, 5 lessons with Gary

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

I have nothing but great things to say about Mr. Gary. He is so patient with my daughter. She said that the way how Mr. Gary was explaining everything was clear and easy to follow, Mr. Gary also provides a lot of extra materials which is very helpful. For us is the first time experience with online tutoring so I’m really happy with results! Highly recommend!

Lenin, 12 lessons with Gary

Exceptional Tutor

Gary is an Outstanding tutor. He has changed the way I think about my writing and he is very committed to the success of his students. I had a very complex college research paper that required multiple drafts and edits, and Gary helped me tighten and polish my paper. He supported me every step of the way and regularly provided resources and writing tips to help me fine-tune my writing. Most importantly, he is also a very kind and generous person who provides that extra amount of caring to ensure the success of his students. I highly recommend Gary.

Kelly, 1 lesson with Gary

Very responsive and prompt, patient and good with words.

Thank you for editing the essay last minute and making it all come together so well considering the topic. Really appreciate your prompt response. Will do another essay soon! Thanks Sean

Yana, 3 lessons with Gary

Knowledgeable and Patient

This is my first session with Gary. English is my second language and I struggle with writing - simply did not know where to start to enhance my writing. Gary asked me to submit one or more samples of writing before the class so that he knows where I am at. It worked well. We edited/rewrote my writing during the first part of the class. In the second part of the class, he talked about the rhythm of the writing, mixing long and short sentences to make writing flow better and introduced the concept of writing style. I am confident that over time I will see noticeable improvements by working with him.

Lillian, 7 lessons with Gary

Knowledgeable, patient and dedicated tutor

My high school kid started tutor sessions with Mr. Gary very recently, and we're already very impressed with how knowledgeable and dedicated Mr. Gary is. He has the student's best interests in mind and is very well prepared ahead of lessons. He read my kid's sample essays, and precisely diagnosed strengths and weaknesses, followed by an on-target lesson plans. He sent us extra materials throughout the week for writing tips and ideas. In addition to being professional and dedicated, Mr. Gary is also very patient and kind, encouraging my student along the way. With his expertise and experience as a writer/reporter, I feel my kid is in good hands to get the needed writing help. I can clearly see how passionate Mr. Gary is about writing and teaching. He truly wants his students to become better writers in the future.

Christina, 13 lessons with Gary
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