I have extensive experience as a private writing teacher and worked for many years as a college essay reviewer and editor for a California digital test preparation service. I'm also the author of eight nonfiction books and editor of two anthologies. I especially enjoy helping students think logically about what their words express, and encouraging them to dive a little deeper.
From 2008-2011, I was a part-time contractor for SuccessLink Tutoring in Berkeley, CA, coaching students via email as they crafted their college admissions essays. This past year, I served as a monthly Writer Coach at Berkeley High, helping ninth graders comprehend and complete classroom writing assignments. I also have led private writing workshops for adults for many years.
Self, Writing Workshop Facilitator
2005 - Present
Create, market, and conduct private workshops encompassing multiple genres; focus on generative work.
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Writing Workshop Facilitator
2005 - 2015
Pioneered original curriculum, launched, and facilitated ongoing expressive writing and memoir workshop series for cancer survivors and patients at medical center. Promoted group readings in community venues, compiled and published annual calendar featuring workshop writing, mentored individuals in developing work for publication as appropriate
Edupath, Content manager and editor
2013 - 2014
Hired, trained and oversaw 15 writers producing digital SAT- and ACT-style tests. Wrote test questions and other materials following strict content and formatting protocols. Developed and maintained content inventory. Edited, copyedited and proofread content for accuracy, grammar, syntax, formatting and style. Created test-prep blogs, manuals and marketing pieces.
East Bay Monthly, Magazine editor
2009 - 2011
Developed, executed, and sustained compelling editorial themes for general interest regional magazine (circulation 81,000). Hired, managed, and cultivated stable of 25 writers. Conducted and co-judged bi-annual creative writing contest. Edited reporters’ articles for structure, integrity, interest, and style.
SuccessLink Tutoring, Freelance Admissions Essay Coach
2008 - 2011
Coached students in crafting and editing college admissions essays.