I taught English and creative writing for several years during my graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including first-year English writing courses. I am passionate about helping students of all ages improve their writing skills. I love leading students through the writing process to produce great papers and college application essays, as well as study for AP and SAT exams. I can also help with personal statements for graduate school applications, including the creative writing MFA.
Awards and Fellowships at UW-Madison:
Campus-wide Teaching Assistant award for Innovation in Teaching, an award given to 15 grad students out of 2200 TAs
University Housing teaching award, a student-nominated honor
David Maraniss Fellow at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Hoffman-Halls Emerging Artist Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing
In addition to my experience in academia, MFA in creative writing, and MA in journalism, I have over a decade of experience as a magazine writer and editor. Tutoring mirrors publishing, in that they're both collaborative efforts to train stronger writers to write refined prose. Great progress can be made this way.
I teach writing as a process by encouraging students to embrace drafting. We take time to understand the project, brainstorm, follow idea threads, and write first drafts. Then the feedback and revision process begins, which leads to a final, polished piece. I can help at any point on this timeline.
I'm excited to help both high school and college students with academic work and test prep, and I can also give you feedback one-on-one with your fiction or poetry project.
Please contact me to learn more and schedule lessons.
"[Emily] is always positive and always has wonderful constructive criticism for my essays. She makes me feel as though she takes time to learn my writing style and genuinely cares about my success in the class. This class has made me enjoy English after hating it for all of high school." --UW-Madison student evaluation
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Cruz - Bachelor in Arts, Romance Languages
Graduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing
I like to go on long hikes, bake cakes, and watch movies. I’m usually reading a few books at a time.