I earned my MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and my BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley. These days I teach writing and publishing at Portland State University and Portland Community College, and I have taught creative, academic, and professional writing, including college application essays and publisher query letters. When I am not teaching, I write fiction (my debut book, From the Caves, won several national awards) and my shorter works have appeared in Poets & Writers, Longreads, The Kenyon Review, CRAFT Literary Magazine, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. Learn more at theaprieto.com.
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Portland State University - Masters, Creative Writing
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1410
Creative Writing, Reading, Music
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Writing
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I aim to motivate my students by breaking down tasks or assignments into critical, but attainable steps. It is my goal to promote my students' sense of accomplishment during the learning process, as well as at the completion of the assignment.