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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.

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Thea’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: Portland State University - Masters, Creative Writing

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1410


Creative Writing, Reading, Music

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

American Literature

College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Creative Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Introduction to Fiction




Q & A

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.

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