Writing projects fall into three major categories.These options merely provide a frame of reference, though. If you have something else in mind, please don’t hesitate to run it by me.

Creative Writing is imaginative. It utilizes narrative techniques and literary devices.

  • Fiction (novels and short stories)
  • Poetry
  • Creative nonfiction (memoir, personal narrative, prose poetry, journaling)

Expository Writing is that which seeks to inform, describe, explain, or define.

  • Essays (personal, informative, how-to, descriptive)
  • Literary criticism
  • Reports (research reports, book reports, research papers)
  • Journalism (magazine and newspaper articles, portraits or profiles)

Persuasive Writing has, at its heart, an argument.

  • Persuasive essay
  • Opinion editorial
  • Letter to the editor
  • Book review

SAT/ACT Prep: Standardized test essays follow a particular “formula.” Not to mention, they must be written with time constraints. This sets them apart from normal essays. A great essay is not necessarily a great SAT essay, and vice┬áversa. (In fact, a great SAT essay is rarely a great essay, so it pains me to “teach to” these tests!) However, graders have very defined expectations and requirements. I can explain what a good SAT/ACT essay requires, how they are graded, and how to go about writing one in the specified time frame. Yes, I will “teach to these tests,” (but I won’t like it!)