EducationThe Spence School, class of 1990
Northwestern University, B.A. in English Literature and Fiction Writing (English Major in Writing), 1994
The New School, dual M.F.A. in Fiction & Non-Fiction Writing, 2002
Experience-Private tutor in English, literature, SAT prep, undergraduate and graduate level writing, English as a second language, creative and expository writing, personal essay, reading comprehension/homework helper Current: references available, 2010-present
Former students include a fourth grader, eighth grader, high school juniors and seniors, non-native English speaking graduate students, prep school, undergraduate and graduate school applicants/students and professionals needing to brush up on their writing
-Tutor at non-profit 826NYC, 1999-2004: I was a homework helper to a diverse group, with an emphasis on reading comprehension, writing assignments, and at the high school level, literature and essay writing. At 826NYC we reward students for finishing their homework by offering writing prompts and guiding them as they write books generated by these prompts that are bound and include an author's photo. These children are ultimately able to hold in their hands tangible proof of their talents. Writing as its' own reward is a lesson I continue to take joy in sharing with students in private sessions.
-Story Analyst for Movie Production Companies (New Line/Picture House/Fine Line, Jersey Films, Fox 2000, Scott Rudin), 1998-2004: By summarizing, analyzing & offering recommendations on books to acquisition departments and heads of production, I expanded on and honed skills (in critiquing fiction and non-fiction stories) first cultivated in undergraduate and graduate school writing workshops.
-Published Stories and Essays, Writing Awards: from the Mississippi Review to Writer's Digest to the New York Times. I'm currently at work on my first novel, Steal Back the Stars. Pushing myself as a writer benefits my students. I empathize with the challenge of expressing thoughts cogently.
-Editorial Assistant, Vanity Fair Magazine, 1994-1998: Working in an unpredictable, high stress environment prepared me for almost anything a student might throw my way.
HobbiesFreelance Photographer: my pictures appear regularly in several publications (The New York Times, The New York Observer, Time Out New York) and on many websites (Gothamist, Racked, Eater, Curbed). In 2011 my photographs were exhibited at the Terrain Gallery's show, "This Great, Diverse City: How Should We See It?" in Soho. I was recently interviewed on The Candid Frame podcast and by Inspired Eye, and was featured on the cover of the Street Photographer Notebook. I am looking forward to my first solo gallery show in April, 2016. Links at my website: MichelleRick.com
In addition to tutoring children from grades 1-12, I'm available to college and graduate level students who need writing help or thesis advice.
Please contact me for references, to talk in more detail about my qualifications, or to arrange a meeting.
Writing, 12th Grade Reading, 12th Grade Writing, ACT, Vocabulary, Introduction to Fiction, Introduction to Poetry, Persuasive Writing, Poetry Writing, Photography, Literary Analysis, Journalism, Technical Writing, 11th Grade Reading, 10th Grade Writing, World Literature, 10th Grade Reading, 11th Grade Writing, Short Novel, Test Prep, College Essays, Creative Writing, Essay Editing, English, Expository Writing, Fiction Writing, Graduate Test Prep, Grammar and Mechanics, Summer Tutoring, Study Skills, ACT Reading, 7th Grade Writing, 8th Grade Writing, 9th Grade Writing, ACT with Writing, ACT Writing, ACT English, American Literature, AP English Language and Composition, British Literature, Literature, 6th Grade Writing, 9th Grade Reading, 8th Grade Reading, 6th Grade Reading, SSAT, Shakespeare, SAT Writing, SAT Verbal, SAT Subject Test in Literature, SAT Critical Reading, SAT, Reading, PSAT Writing Skills, PSAT Critical Reading, 7th Grade Reading, 2nd Grade Reading, TOEFL
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