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Kate

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My experience includes a teaching assistantship at Knox College for Beginning Fiction Writing course under Professor Barbara Tannert-Smith. I have led numerous classes, workshops and discussions in undergraduate and graduate study. My subjects include English, college essay writing, -creative writing, public speaking, literature, Essay editing, expository writing, grammar and mechanics.

My hope is to foster calm, confidence, success, and most importantly, unexpected joy to the students I will be working with. Reading and writing (both creatively and analytically) can be overwhelming, intimidating, even boring. I want to battle that stalemate. I want to help students find what works for them in terms of study habits. I want to help students recognize their strengths in order to conquer their perceived weaknesses. Conquering a subject, or subjects, that frighten or breeds indifference to a student, can be one of the most invigorating and propulsive experiences possible. I will work to my utmost ability to make that happen with calm, humor, and listening to those I meet.

Literary scholarship and the many facets of writing have interested me since I was a child. My father and I would make up stories together when I was about three years old, and my passion for storytelling, its methods, and its power has never ceased to amaze me. As my scholarship continued, I came to admire and respect the mechanical and stylistic elements of not only creative writing, but also expository/persuasive writing. The latter was much more difficult for me. Upon finding my voice and my strength to make an engaging case in essay-writing. I discovered a wellspring of respect for myself, and hope that I could continue to learn about language, and refine my skills in the process. I am not just interested in reading and writing in an academic sense. One of my favorite sources of analysis and pleasure comes from the story-telling of the nouveau Golden Era of television (Mad Men, Deadwood, Better Call Saul, et cetera), and also the story-telling of professional wrestling. I find these multimedia examples especially useful in trying to crack difficult concepts and craft choices in print literature and writing. I think extrapolating such concepts, frameworks, rules, and methods from other disciplines (television, video games, marketing and PR strategies) help illuminate literature and writing in accessible, exciting ways.


Kate’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Knox College - Bachelor in Arts, English-Creative Writing

Graduate Degree: UW-Milwaukee - Master of Arts, English

Hobbies

Reading, writing, professional wrestling, adventures with friends, letter-writing & pen pals,

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

Introduction to Fiction

Literature

Other

Public Speaking

Reading

Summer

Writing