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I am a poet, an activist, and a vocalist/songwriter. I enjoy tutoring because I like to help people find their voice and effectively unfold it on the page.
As guest poet of the American Embassy, I have traveled to Kuwait, Russia, West Africa, Denmark, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, England, and Tunisia, performing and teaching writing workshops. I have a BA in English from Spelman College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from AULA. I was a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook (super dope writing residency for women), and I am a volunteer creative writing teacher with InsideOut Writers, working with incarcerated teens. My work has been featured on two seasons of HBO's "Def Poetry," BET's "Lyric Cafe," and TVOne’s "Verses and Flow," as well as on De La Soul's album “Are You In?” and The Brand New Heavies album “We Won't Stop.”
I believe we are all writers because we all have something to say. My job is to help you empower yourself through writing – whether it’s an academic paper or a creative writing assignment. I hope to help smooth-out, clean-up, edit, dig, color, create, inspire, and have fun along the way. No worries. Let's just get it done. My goal as a writing tutor is to help you hone in on your own brilliance. Bam!
LaCoya Katoe Gessesse
So here’s the story:
As an undergraduate business major (boring), my favorite English professor asked me a single, life-changing question—“Why aren’t you majoring in something you love?” The question was instantly freeing, and the rest is history (cliché).
I knew I loved words on the page and the task of arranging them to engage readers, so I majored in English literature at Lake Forest College, received my MFA in Creative Writing from AULA, and have managed to rack up (idiom) about 10 years working experience as a teaching artist, a teacher, an educational curriculum developer (fancy), an editor for anthologies, etc. (There have been plenty of writing-related jobs, people. Feel free to inquire.)
This is all good news for you, because it means that you can bring just about anything my way. I like assisting students with all stages of their writing, and consider myself particularly swift at helping you brainstorm and outline, before you even begin writing. But no worries, feel free to bring me completed papers, papers-in-progress, outlines, or plain ole technical questions about commas and clauses, and subject-verb agreement (Oh my). Either way, we’ll work together, sentence-by-sentence, to make sure you’re creating something that addresses the requirements of your assignment, as well as something that will make you feel proud of your own words on the page.
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I have been a writing tutor for several years, working for two universities and a boutique tutoring company. I have formal tutor training in academic writing, creative writing, and English-as-a-second language. I find nothing compares to helping one find their voice and express the story boiling up within them. At any point of the writing process for any style of writing, I will do my absolute best to help you outline, organize, edit, deconstruct, reconstruct and polish your paper or story. From big-picture stuff to the nitty-gritty, I am here to help.
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Robert Morgan Fisher
As a Writing Specialist in the Antioch Teaching and Learning Center, my goal is to eliminate stress and empower you--all within 45 minutes.
Every student has different strengths and challenges; English may not be their first language, or they may have other issues when it comes to writing. I'm here to help you feel safe and satisfied. There's a reason you were accepted into your particular program, so have no fear.
My fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review Soundbooth Podcast, 0-Dark-Thirty, The Huffington Post, Psychopomp, Golden Walkman Magazine, The Spry Literary Journal, 34th Parallel, The Snake Nation Review, The Seattle Review, Spindrift, Bluerailroad and other publications. I've written extensively for TV, radio and film. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, where I also work as a Book Coach, Course Developer and Instructor for Antioch’s online Inspiration2Publication Program. I also have a B.S. in Radio, TV & Film from The University of Texas at Austin.
I often write companion songs to my short stories. Both my music and fiction have won many awards. I also voice audiobooks. You can learn more about me from my website as well as on Linked In.
I look forward to working with you. Email Robert Morgan Fisher
My personal coaching and teaching experience with writers goes back to the late eighties and nineties at Illinois State University and at SUNY Brockport, where I took a Masters in English, Writing concentration. Recently, I’ve graduated from the AULA MFA in Creative Writing Program. Along the way I’ve managed to publish a few things, but my greatest satisfaction comes from working with other writers — just like you. Whether your primary language has always been English, or was another language, my goal for you is to become excited about the page in front of you, not terrified. I want you to see your strengths and hear your voice grow stronger as you write.
Antioch is unique among colleges because of the high value we place on each student’s voice. I love being an emissary of that truth. Your classroom experience is where you begin, but when we write and think together, you get to have your say. You get to find out what truly matters to you and how you can actually make a difference in the world. That’s why I love this place. It begins with you.
I look forward to working with you.Here are a few things about me that might help you get to know me a bit better:
- My passion is writing. It's what gets me up in the morning. I've published fiction and nonfiction widely, I've been nominated for Best American Essays, Best Sex Writing, and twice for the Pushcart Prize, and I've edited the literary websites The Rumpus and The Splinter Generation. I also have an MFA in Creative Writing from AULA. My writing focuses on politics, LGBT issues, war and coming-of-age narratives.
- I have a social science background. I received an MA in Political Science from Syracuse, where my research focused on the intersection between war and civic engagement. I can help with questions about research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, statistics and math.
- I worked for a Congresswoman, for nonprofits, as a house painter and as a freelancer. In other words, I've worked quite a bit in "the real world," so I can also help with professional issues, like resume-building and job searching.
I have worked with many students who have had bad experiences with math and math teachers in the past. Through our sessions, my students discover ways to approach math that are empowering and even fun. I love seeing the look on a student’s face when they discover they actually enjoy working through their math exercises.
One reason for my interest in math is based on my passion for juggling. I have been juggling as a hobby since 1981 and the skill of juggling actual objects in space is very similar to juggling mathematical ideas.
I look forward to working with you as we discover the joy of math.