Is there a beginning, middle + end or more of an ongoing tutorial?
Each class tries to highlight important tips for writing well. The more often one writes, the more the tips resonate. There is benefit to one class but ongoing instruction is more effective.
You can sign up for however many classes you'd like (One or a package).
Will I be in a group or is this one on one?
Sessions are one on one unless a group has been previously discussed.
What will I do + learn?
You will learn the rules of writing personal narrative that will also extend well beyond just true, personal storytelling. You will learn how to start your story, include details and end the story with a strong understanding of what your story is about. The process will better your writing for college and life.
I have been taking writing classes for 9 years and teaching them for three. Sharing stories and learning how to express myself has also made me a better listener and a more curious person. I talk about the layers of the onion. Nobody likes a person who stays/speaks on that first layer. You will learn how to write from a deeper layer and ask that from others as you proceed through life.
Do you set personal goals upfront and work to achieve them?
I don’t like to stress goals too much up front, but I definitely want to know if a student is working towards something particular: a blog, personal essay for publication, book or college applications.
Is the class in person or via Skype?
We would preferably meet at my home office in Coral Gables, although Zoom meeting is very effective and used with non-local clients or those with driving constraints.
Are there writing assignments?
I usually give a prompt at the beginning of each session and then one to take home. I have a giant list of prompts and ongoing prompts on Writing Class Radio website. I also ask that students write for 15 minutes each day, but it is not a requirement.
Would you want to review some of my writing in advance to asses my ability?
That is not necessary. We will go over everything in session. If you are working on something specific and wants edits, email it to me (Word or Google Docs) and you will be billed the hourly rate of $200.
What do I bring to the session?
Bring whatever you'd like to write on/in (a composition book, loose paper, whatever) or a computer if you prefer.
Would you be willing to share your stories and speak directly about how and why you write?
YES!!!!! I get really personal with the students…it’s the only way I know how to operate :)