Writer’s Coaching

Writing Sessions, writing coach, writer's coach, high school writing coach, college writing coach, literature studies

Writing skills are among the most rewarding and empowering competencies any student can build, which is why I am passionate about teaching writing. Becoming a skillful writer takes practice, feedback, coaching, and effort.  It also requires a supportive environment where young writers can feel known, appreciated, and safe to take risks and approach challenges.

Reading and writing are interconnected, whether we are reading a novel or short story and then developing an essay, or reading subject matter content and then showing our learning through our writing. This is why writing sessions are often interwoven with reading and discussion.

Depending on goals and developmental level, sessions can focus on the following writing skills:

  • Discussion of text and critical thinking
  • Identification of literary devices such as symbolism, alliteration, personification, and more
  • Annotation and active reading
  • Pre-writing strategies
  • Essay organization and structure
  • Thesis development
  • Incorporation of quotes
  • Voice and audience awareness
  • Word choice and sentence construction
  • Editing skills
  • Evaluating and addressing classroom teacher feedback

Writing sessions can also focus on a variety of genres:

  • Informal reading response reflections
  • Essay writing
  • Literature study and writing
  • History study and writing
  • Classroom assignments
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
  • Research

All sessions are individualized based upon parent and student goals; meet each student where they are; and build skills and confidence from existing strengths. Learning differences welcome.

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  • “I just had a parent teacher conference with W‘s English teacher and she was very happy with his progress. Thank you so much for working with him.  I’m so thankful for your help!” ~W.L., parent of 8th grade student

  •  “I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done this year for S. Her anxiousness toward writing has subsided and she truly enjoys every writing assignment you assign.”

  • ” S. is truly enjoying working with and learning from you. And, I am so grateful to you for instilling in her a new love of writing.”   ~parent of 8th grade student

  • “When I was in high school I didn’t realize how valuable the material we covered would be later on, but as a college freshman I found myself returning to the essays I wrote with you and using them as models for new assignments in a variety of classes. Organization and little things like making sure that the first and last sentence of a paragraph match the thesis have been indispensable in crafting effective essays. Another thing I repeatedly fall back on in English classes is letting a work speak for itself. You said to let a piece show the beauty of its own writing, and this has definitely enhanced my papers. I remember how worried I was that I wouldn’t measure up to college standards, but I needn’t have been because you more than prepared my writing for it. What I remember most from our sessions is your enthusiasm for literature and teaching. It was easy to see that you loved what you did, and I was very impressed and inspired by your passion. This is one of the reasons I became an English major, so thank you for this and for your constant encouragement.”     ~Jani S., former student

  • “Ivy has been an attuned and skilled writing coach and mentor to my kids for three years now, and we hope to continue working with her for a long time. Ivy has found ways to build my kids’ comfort level, interest, enthusiasm, confidence, and proficiency in reading and writing. My child who was a reluctant reader now reads chapter books for fun. My other child already loved reading, and I’m blown away when I read their writing now. Being able to work with Ivy has been a true gift for our family. I recommend her whenever I get the chance.”    ~J.M., parent