WRITE ALIGN COACHING
Aligning Life with Language
MY CORE COMPETENCIES: ATTENTION, DESCRIPTION, CONNECTION.
I'm a private writing teacher and embodiment/ body positive coach. I help young adults harness writing as a tool for embodiment and / to heal their relationship with their bodies. I think language has a lot to teach us about our own physical and metaphysical existence. A word is composed of both intangible meaning and form; its is sensory object with tactile, concrete, visual qualities and conceptual, magical, . word/the signifier itself, so too the stories living inside us live inside our bodies too. Our spiritual, intellectual, and nonphysical selves are always "saying"/ writing/articulating themselves into the world through the vessel/language of our physical form. So when we sit down to write, our entire bodies hold the pen; in every limb is a story, a poem . .many of them untold. I help create writing spaces where we can listen to, transcribe, and learn/potentially transform from the stories we carry inside our bodies.
I’m 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, 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 embodied 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!
CRAFTING YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT
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.
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.