I bring to the tutoring session a rare combination of experience as a top-level editor and passionate teacher. For more than two decades I commissioned and edited opinion essays for one of the country's best newspapers. For 15 years I taught as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I have worked extensively and successfully with New York City public high school students studying journalism and English. I also coach seniors writing college application essays. Nearly all have been accepted to first-choice schools including Brown, Amherst, Michigan and Johns Hopkins.
I tutor writing students the same way I work with writers, both professional and amateur, who submit essays for publication. We talk over your ideas, clarify the subject and the focus of your writing, and then work to get the strongest, clearest final draft we can.
Mostly, I ask a lot of questions. It's important to me that this be a learning experience, focused on the process of writing as much as the final product, and that the end result be something you are proud of, expressed in your voice. I want the student to truly own the work.