My favorite childhood memories are visiting the library with my mom and debating grammar with my dad. Back in high school, I received the "Excellence in English" award from my teachers and the "Most Likely to Win the Pulitzer Prize" senior superlative award from fellow students. While I haven't achieved that distinction yet, I read and write every day.
By attending SCBWI (The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) writing conferences, I've learned from some of the most talented and well known authors, editors, and agents today. This experience has given me valuable insights into the creative writing process as well as the ability to deeply analyze books. Currently, I critique more than eight chapters or picture book manuscripts per month as part of two SCBWI writing groups. Within my groups, I'm honored to be recognized as the grammar and punctuation expert. This expertise led me to start my own blog, A Spoonful of Grammar, as well as to post regularly on the Writers' Rumpus blog, writersrumpus.com.
Through writing nearly 100 posts, I've studied nearly every page of the Chicago Manual of Style. In combination with my background and experience, I'm delighted to offer copy editing services to writers and businesses, as well as to continue offering College Essay coaching and SAT tutoring.
*Union College, B.A. in Economics
*Stern School of Business at NYU, MBA in Marketing
*MA Teacher's License - English, Grades 5-12
* The Chicago Manual of Style
*Wordpress, Zoom, Google Docs
*Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
*College Essay Coach *Reading/Writing/Test Prep Tutor grades 5-12, privately and through Wyzant.com for 10+ years
*Interim 6-8th grade Literature Teacher at the Saint Michael School in N Andover, MA
*Literacy Volunteer in the Merrimack Valley, grades K-8
*Usborne Books Representative
*Financial Planning and Analysis, Marketing Research, Product Management, and Pricing Specialist positions at various Fortune 500 companies
*Member of SCBWI, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators since 2008
* "A Scripted Life" short story published on shortfictionbreak.com, Winter 2017
*Monthly blogger for Writer's Rumpus, my Andover-based SCBWI group's blog
*A Spoonful of Grammar blog - under the MY GRAMMAR BLOG tag on my website