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I'm a writer and teacher who just moved back to New York from Colorado. I received my BA from Columbia in 2012 (I studied creative writing), and I graduated from the fiction MFA program at Colorado State University in 2015. I have three years experience teaching English at Colorado State University, where I created my own curricula for my composition courses and worked extensively with my students one-on-one. I have additional experience as a writing center tutor and an editor, the latter for the Columbia Spectator and the Colorado Review. Outside of the classroom I've received two fiction fellowships - one from the magazine "A Public Space" and the other from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.

I love teaching and tutoring students of all ages. I believe a good tutoring relationship starts with an understanding of the student and his or her goals. I know going in that anyone I work with will necessarily be an expert on something that I know little about, and I try to carry this knowledge into the tutoring environment: we must understand each other as equals working toward a shared objective. I am here to help people become better readers, writers, and test-takers because those are my particular areas of expertise, but a good tutoring relationship must be free of condescension. I believe students should enjoy the work, increase their comfort with the work via low-stakes assignments, and take breaks. I hope to help students find a way to be engaged with the subject at hand, particularly because writing often affords more creativity and freedom of choice when it comes to subject matter. I look forward to working with you.

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Neil’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, Creative Writing

Graduate Degree: Colorado State University - Masters, Fiction MFA

Test Scores

GRE: 327

GRE Verbal: 170


This summer I'm working to finish a collection of short stories, and I hope to write the first draft of a novel during my seven-month fellowship (starting in October) at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. If I'm not at my desk, I'm probably out with friends, eating, walking too quickly through museums, seeing movies, watching way too much sports, running, playing mediocre tennis, etc.

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