Wordsmith Writing Coaches

Who We Are


Wordsmith Writing Coaches serve the needs of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students struggling with academic writing tasks, especially when English is a second language.

We can help you:
   
tackle that writing assignment (project-oriented tutoring)
    improve your writing skills (process-oriented tutoring)
    hone your logic and case-building abilities, making your writing cogent and compelling

Because Wordsmith coaches are spread strategically across the Southland, we can come to you: we are available to meet in any public setting, and possibly in your own home. Or meet us at our office, to take advantage of our 18-foot-long whiteboard.

We do not limit ourselves to college and grad students. We tutor high school students who want to sharpen their reading and writing skills in preparation for the SAT and higher education. 


Wordsmith also offers seminars or workshops for academic writing and academic reading:

The Academic Reading Seminar synthesized the best ideas of Mortimer Adler and J. Robert Clinton into a uniquely helpful array of strategies and tools we call "Three Dimensional Reading." It will dramatically improve your ability to read like a scholar: efficiently, effectively, wisely. Leave behind forever the tendency to read like a mere student: reading casually not strategically, reading only what seems necessary in the moment, forgetting much of it, then cramming in a panic to write a paper or pass a test. Instead, discover and equip your inner scholar!

The Academic Writing Seminar
combines the modern PDREP approach with ancient insights from the Trivium, the classical canons of rhetoric, and decades of personal experience. You will learn where every academic writing assignment actually must begin, when to begin it in earnest, how to overcome every obstacle and pitfall of the writing process, and neglected key elements that every professor hopes to see in every written assignment. The Academic Writing Seminar will help you approach every writing task with confidence.

We offer introductory, exploratory, and mastery versions of each seminar: 
    Introductory: two hours, $100, all the content with just a dash of practice.
    Exploratory: four hours, $180, time to practice each skill with some feedback too.
    Mastery: six hours, $250, an intensive workshop with time to develop skills and personalize the strategies to your own strengths, weaknesses, and context.

You'll find the latest seminar information here!

Nic Nelson, the catalyst for Wordsmith Writing Coaches, is available for editorial work, freelance writing, and PR ghostwriting. However, neither he nor any other Wordsmith coach will do your academic work for you. 

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