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Hello! I'm Alicia Rasley. I am a writing teacher and advisor at the University of Maryland (the online campus). I have taught writing, English grammar, and literature for about 15 years. I'm also a published novelist in mystery, romance, and women's fiction.

My aim is to help you become a better writer and improve whatever writing project you are working on. My teaching is affirmative and focused on discovering and enhancing your strengths, and improving those areas where you aren't as strong!

As a writing tutor, I work with college and graduate students in all majors and disciplines. I am also trained in working with writers for whom English is a second language. As a long-time book editor, I am expert in grammar and punctuation.

I also have worked with many creative writers of all ages and levels (from 1st grade to published!). Right now, I'm editing a bestselling novelist's 9th book, and also helping a musical-theater playwright with her 2-act play. Flexibility is important!

If you think my affirmative and flexible approach can help you, I'll be excited to read and review what you've written and give you advice on how to make it better. I also can help at the beginning of a project, when you might need help brainstorming the subject and organizing.

Best wishes for all your writing!

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Alicia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Butler University - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: Butler University - Master of Arts, English


I love to write fiction and read (not write ) poetry. I've always got earbuds in as I listen to another audiobook! I also enjoy analyzing literature and writing about how stories work-- the themes, plots, and characters. My main hobby is traveling, especially long car trips to visit family in California. I want to visit every national park in between here and there. I also like to walk around my town and take not-very-good photos of historical architecture and nature. And finally, I'm an adventurous but not expert cook, and deliver meals to elderly and disabled neighbors.

Tutoring Subjects

Academic Coaching


Adult Literacy

College English

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


Middle School English

Middle School Writing


Study Skills

Thesis Writing


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