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Andrew Holyfield

Hi everyone! My name is Andrew. I graduated Summa Cum Laude at UC Riverside in 2016, with a B.A. in Creative Writing. While there, I completed the Honors Program, published a thesis, was an editor for both the campus Research Journal and Honors Program literary journal, joined the Writing Program as a Teaching Assistant, and completed three MFA courses, all with a 4.0 GPA.

Tutoring started for me in the campus Writing Program, in which I tutored eighteen students per week. Around that same time, my younger brother, diagnosed with Aspergers,  started college. I tutored him during his four-year journey to receive his Paraprofessional Certificate.

Nerdy as it sounds, I love Grammar and read often (in-between Netflix binges). Until my time at UC Riverside, I abhorred reading and preferred the trusty summaries from Spark Notes. I know English and writing can be both challenging and boring, but perhaps all a struggling student needs a little help and positive reinforcement. If that sounds like you or your kid, I'd love to help.

I’m a published songwriter with 20+ years experience in the music industry.

Non Fiction & Poetry!

Homework:  Yes!   Writers need to write to become better writers!

Requirements:  Students must be willing to participate in both collaborative work and in sharing their own creative writing!


Ages 9-12


This class will be a synthesis of workshop and seminar. The quarter will be divided into two halves. The goal of this class is simple: have fun!  This class does not enforce grammar rules (I teach other classes centered for that purpose), and is designed to get students excited about writing.


The first half will center around Non-Fiction. Students will learn creative writing fundamentals common in fictive writing and how they can be applied to non-fiction, in the form of memoir, auto-biography, essay, and/or biographical writing. 


The second half will focus on the different forms of Poetry. Each discussion will center around style, rules, literary devices, and refer to common masters of each form for reference. Students will get a chance to implement these skills in the form of free writes. 


Homework assignments will center around implementing the styles and forms from that given week’s discussion. A Final Project will be due on the last class, implementing a form of non-fiction or poetry


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