Aligning Life with Language



I'm a college essay coach and private writing teacher here to help young adults identify, capture and connect with their ideas on the page. 

We wield our words in a myriad of ways, for countless occasions; yet, I believe that successful writing often comes down to mastering three things: Attention, Description, and Connection-making (ADC). These ADC pillars guide my work with all of my clients, no matter the writing task.

Attention: Whatever is being asked of my students, I help them pay close attention to what is true. Depending on the assignment, this truth might reside in the words of an assigned text, outside their window in their world, or in their minds and imaginations.

Description: Next, through craft-oriented exercises (rhetorical device, sentence structure, and composition), I help students find the language and writing forms that will capture this truth in the most honest and vivid way. 

Connection: Finally, I help my students bring depth and insight to their truth-telling by exploring, uncovering and articulating connections between these local truths, and their larger world. Sometimes connections occur in the micro-space of a simile; others span the larger intertextualities of identity, place, and perspective. 

In the end, I believe my responsibility is to help my students look at life as if it were a literary text: to see each of its characters, plot-twists, and settings as distinct yet in dialogue with each other.

I’m also an advocate of diverse learning and coaching styles. While I’m not an educational therapist, I try to personalize my teaching approach to each of my clients, and have experience supporting readers & writers with executive skill differences. I want my students to succeed in singular writing assignments, yes; more importantly, though, I want to offer my students the thinking, writing and reading tools that will support their long-term growth as attentive, truthful connection-makers.

 If I've done my job well, I've transformed an anxiety to perform on the page into a desire to express; a gulf between language and truth into a bridge that connects students with their most authentic and empowered selves. Contact me to see how I can be of service to you.



Pointed Writing Strategies and Support for Personal Success

Writing is all about making meaningful connections--in the semantic sense between words, sentences & paragraphs; but also in the social sense: between people, points-of-view, and between the parts of ourselves that show up when it's time to write. I try to embody this in my individual lessons, in person and ON ZOOM! The benefits from these private virtual and in-person sessions are twofold: they cultivate a trusting, honest teacher-student partnership so we can problem-solve as a team. They also invite self-reflection and connection-making on the client’s behalf. In addition to instruction and discussion, I aim to create the space and silence wherein students can connect with themselves. 

Contact me today to schedule a free, over-the-phone evaluation and schedule your first private session!

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Find the language today to launch your future

On the one hand, writing college essays when the future of education is unmapped, might feel futile and intimidating. On the other, it is during these narrative-unwinding times when I believe the personal essay has more power and purpose than ever.

Writing a personal statement is about asking oneself: "What do I care about? Which life experiences showcase these values? How do I want to tell these stories? What does my voice sound like? How might I move forward, with these answers as my compass?" When the scaffolding of pre-pandemic structures and roadmaps fall away, reconnecting with this core of "self" is perhaps the most orienting thing we can do for ourselves, and for our students.

From prompting students to define their core values, brainstorming stories that manifest these parts of them in-action, to fastening the bow of personal style, I've designed lessons that I hope will serve not only the college applicant, but any person seeking self-knowledge, expression, connection.

I feel crazy lucky to be a part of this wild journey of self discovery and self-saying.

Yet, writing your personal statement can be a complex ask. It demands that we are introspective and aware of our audience; authentic and somewhat performative. In my one-on-one sessions, I help students find and defend their authentic voice, and give form to their most resonant, powerful stories. But I also illuminate the blindspots natural to a high school perspective, and try to replicate the presence of an admissions committee so that the final draft both reverberates deep within the author, as well as projects confidently and appropriately to the intended audience.

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Words work together, so must their welders.

“A Room of One’s Own” is what every writer, deep in the throes of creation, requires. Writing is, largely, a solitary act. Yet, it is in concert with our communities, when we often encounter that great idea, and when we renew writerly inspiration. In these 2-4 client group workshops, we work together to air, affirm, challenge, and clarify our stories. 

Importantly, these workshops are a practice in the art of giving and receiving feedback—an art that is, itself, an off-the-page form of writing.

These classes help paint an image of our writing as a medium that we inhabit together; and of writers as engaged members of an academic, creative community.

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