I am a professional screenwriter and playwright. I am also a tenured English As A Second Language teacher in the Los Angeles School District. I have taught English As A Second Language in Los Angeles for the past nineteen years. Before that I taught composition writing at a college level. I taught playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University.
My passion is writing. I know many students are either intimidated or lack the confidence to write. I like to remove the fear of writing by guiding my students in taking the necessary steps to structure their essays in a clear and coherent fashion. I believe writing is preparation. Asking oneself the appropriate questions in order to stay on track and respond to the question posed is crucial. Formulating a coherent essay structure relieves much of the student's anxiety so that writing becomes the easy part. Often nerves and anxiety overwhelm a student at test time and the idea of taking pause to structure a response is forgotten. I am confident in my ability to demystify the fear of essay writing by teaching structural approaches that will make writing easier. If a solid structure for an essay is created at the outset, especially under the pressure of a test, more time can be given to reviewing grammar and tone - vital aspects of essay writing that can't be forgotten.
Because I love to write and teach and am energetic I am confident in my ability to make the writing process fun.
Carnegie Mellon University
Stephen is great. He really knows how to help and focus you on the important details of the class.