About Shea

A professional writer, editor and teacher, I have spent my career improving the writing of others while working to hone my own voice in personal essays, magazine features, travel books and book reviews. My work has been published in The Believer, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Metro-Times, the Holland Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. I’ve also helped produce stories for the public radio shows “This American Life” and “Studio 360” and contributed extensively to Rough Guides and Michelin guides to the USA.

My students benefit from this breadth of experience in many ways. As a writer myself, I understand how agonizing – and rewarding ­– the task can be. Over the years I have road-tested nearly every writing technique invented and have come up with a short list of the ones I know really work. In the end, my students do more than produce terrific essays: they become better writers for life.

I began teaching writing as an undergraduate at Brown University where, as a Rose Writing Fellow, I worked as a peer tutor for three years. Since then I have taught creative writing at Boston University, where I received my master’s in Fiction Writing, and in the New York City public schools under the auspices of the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. I currently teach expository writing to international students at NYU, where I also tutor graduate students at the International Student Support Center. In my spare time I enjoy distance running, gardening, and learning French.

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”


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