Are you struggling with your writing topic? Do you have a partial draft and feel stuck?
Wherever you are, I can help.
I have been helping students of all ages, proficiencies, and learning styles for a decade express their ideas clearly and professionally. My specialty is working with artists and all the writing they have to do for school, job applications, and self-promotion. But with my strong academic background, I can even help with dense philosophy papers or psychological/sociological case studies. If it’s Humanities, I’m all over it.
Why Hire a Writing Tutor?
Everyone needs extra help with writing, even–especially!–professional writers like me. You may ask, but why pay someone to do what your roommate or classmate could? They mean well, and may catch most of your grammar or spelling mistakes. But they may not be able to help you develop a stronger thesis, or show you how to avoid the passive tense.
You may even work with someone who just corrects your writing for you. But that will not make you a better writer, or more fluent in English. In fact, it may make you worse. By allowing someone to correct or even rewrite a paper for you without understanding the corrections, you will continue to have the same issues and frustration.
My goal is to make each of my students a better writer, and more confident with their English. That means they will learn to catch many of their own mistakes, and have a toolkit of ways to fix them or avoid making them altogether. This only happens when you work steadily with a professional tutor who comes to know you and your unique way of expressing yourself. Your goal in writing should be to sound like you, not anyone else!
I have been tutoring students since 2008, when I completed an internship in Peer Tutoring at the Writing Center of my alma mater, Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Among our source material were Diana Hacker, Strunk & White, and Bird by Bird. I learned to focus on drawing out pockets of hidden knowledge from the student, and encouraging them, through Socratic method, to expand their critical thinking.
I worked as a Writing Studio tutor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore for 8 years, conducting hour-long sessions with young artists. Together, we worked on art history papers, personal essays, and applications. We edited and discussed short stories, reading assignments, and even personal correspondence
My Students Still Like Me
I won’t take it personally if we don’t click, and neither should you. Tutor-Tutee (that’s you) relationships depend on chemistry and communication, and sometimes it’s just not meant to be.
That being said, I’ve enjoyed getting to know and keeping in touch with some of my regular tutees at MICA, as they embarked on exciting travels or careers in art, design, and entrepreneurship!
“Having Juliana as my writing counselor was simply amazing. I struggled with many learning disabilities at the time, and she created a very safe space for me to work with what I called ‘my horrible writing.’ I never thought of our meetings as work because she help me describe my passions in words.”
-Winston Frazer, CEO Danae Inc.
“Juliana was my favorite writing mentor during my two years of graduate school at MICA. As an international student dealing with graduate level liberal arts articles, the struggle was real. Juliana was very patient and able to connect with her student, which makes the learning experience not only easier but also a lot of fun. With her charming personality as well as broad knowledge of art, she has helped me build my initial confidence in a foreign country with language, and that has continuously served as an important foundation for my later career success.”
-Dingding Hu, creator and designer of Hu is Hungry
“Juliana’s tutoring advanced my writing from okay to fantastic. Each session with her resulted in immediate, concrete improvements. She gives constructive feedback in a sincere, personable way. I’d be a crap writer without her help!”
-Jeremy Cain, ’16
New York University, Paris, France — MFA, Creative Writing
June 2014 – June 2016
- Read 40 novels and completed coursework with Helen Schulmann, Darin Strauss, Aleksandar Hemon, and Katie Kitamura.
- Attended workshops led by Zadie Smith, Charles Simic, and Mark Doty.
- Produced several chapters of a novel-in-progress as thesis.
Washington College, Chestertown, MD — BA, English/Creative Writing
August 2004 – May 2008
- Graduated Cum Laude, with Honors from English Department.
- Played piano with Jazz and Afro-Cuban ensembles.
- Studied with Hannah Tinti, editor of One Story.
- 1st place winner in 2014 short story contest, F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference.