About

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.”  ~ Truman Capote

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My name is Erika Vanvick

I’m a professional writing coach and writing tutor based in Seattle and offering sessions online. I also provide tutoring in SAT test prep and ACT test prep. 

Tutoring and coaching are a joy for me, awarding so much of what I love doing in one package: teaching, sharing, and connecting. After earning my B.A. in English from the University of Washington, I knew I wanted to somehow work with both people and the English language. In addition to tutoring and teaching, I have decades of cumulative experience as a marketing copywriter, local newspaper reporter, and freelance copywriter & editor. I’m in my element when sharing my love of and expertise in all forms of writing, grammar, proofreading, and the art of persuasion, and it eventually occurred to me that being a writing tutor and writing coach was the perfect fit. I enjoy working with people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to accomplish tasks together…specifically, you accomplishing them with my help.

I began tutoring for fun in 2016.  I loved it so much, I left my corporate editing & marketing job of 11 years to tutor and coach full time. I have over 2,000 hours of one-on-one tutoring, coaching, and test prep behind me, and I love what I do…as much today as I did at hour one.

About The Process

I offer online sessions and work with students and clients collaboratively in joint editing programs such as Google Docs to save time and maximize the session content and your overall progress.

I use Skype, Google Hangouts, and Zoom with or without the video feature. 

Everyone’s course of knowledge and skill acquisition is different, and your success follows a trajectory unique to you. We work together to determine your goals and areas for improvement and proceed from there. The idea is to transfer a given skill set to you, so, eventually, you can work independently. 

I recommend keeping sessions to one hour to start.

I am available on both a weekly and as-needed basis, and I offer a free initial 15-minute consultation by phone.

Rate: $110/Hour

*Cancellations require a 24-hour notice to avoid session charges.

Let’s get you past the various blocks and on to better written correspondence and essay creation, better test scores, and a better understanding of the English language and how to make it work optimally for you.

I look forward to working with you!

Erika is one of the best tutors I have ever had, if not the best. She helped me go from struggling on school papers to doing SAT prep, and I am in 6th grade. I have no idea where I would be without Erika being there for me, and helping me grow a passion for writing.

- Rishan P

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