Writing Instruction and Tutoring

I offer writing coaching and assistance, study skills, and organizational instruction in the San Francisco/Bay Area. My experience includes over a decade of working with teenagers and adults, including seven years of teaching a weekly writing workshop for high school students.

I’ve worked with students applying to Ivy League colleges as well as students in Juvenile Hall. I accept students of all ages. 

Tutoring Services:

  • College Application Personal Essay/Creative Writing
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • Organization and Study Skills
  • Research and Information Retrieval
  • SAT/ACT Verbal Test Prep
  • Dissertation/Graduate Level Writing and Editing

A little more about me:

I’m a writer and journalist with seven years of experience teaching writing to high school students. I have a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. 

I work with students one-on-one to develop a concrete plan for organizing homework and establishing study skills, including instruction on how to easily implement and incorporate proven methods to create new habits. Each program is tailored to the needs, goals and individual requirements of the student.

I offer fact-checking and manuscript editing on a limited basis.


Katie has been such a great help with my writing. She made me feel comfortable from the very first meeting. She guides me and takes time to thoroughly review my writing and has clear insights. She helps me in a way that is not a criticism, but helpful feedback and understands my way of organization and writing. –-Maggie, 8th grade student

Katie is a grammar goddess. I was constantly stumbling on the same grammatical mistakes. Ugh. Katie helped me correct those hard-to-fix problems and transition to writing more professionally. She’s attentive, patient, and super knowledgeable.  With her guidance, I was able to make significant improvements in only a few lessons. I’ve gained more confidence in my writing and it feels good to see my content get noticed! –– Trina, adult

We LOVE Katie. Our daughter really clicks with her and it is clear Katie is great with teens. We have her working with Katie because we want her to have a creative outlet that she can feel successful with. Katie has really bonded with our daughter and she always looks forward to her weekly sessions with Katie.  –– Mom of sophomore in high school


For information about my rates, more about my professional background, the range of services I provide, or to request references, please email me at katiemacwrites@gmail.com.