Holly Woodson, Ph.D., Founder
Personal Experience and Professional Background
Holly began her career as a Writing Center assistant over twenty-five years ago. After earning her Ph.D. in French Literature at Northwestern, Holly taught humanities and writing courses at both the University of Washington and Seattle University.
Holly’s experience as an English professor at SU and UW helps her coach young writers with the long view in mind. She holds a Ph.D. in French Literature, summa cum laude, Northwestern University, 2004; an M.A. in French Literature, magna cum laude, University of Georgia, 1997; a B.A. in French and English, magna cum laude, Illinois Wesleyan, 1995; and was Valedictorian of her high school, University High, in 1991.
Holly herself is a published writer and former editor. She has given multiple talks at regional, national, and international conferences and has served on honors and master thesis committees. After transitioning to secondary education, Holly has found that she especially enjoys tutoring children and teens and that her methods connect with writers of all levels.
Holly also excels at coaching families and students through each stage of their independent school application essays.
Holly has helped a lot with my writing. She always helps me in a kind and fun way. She is helping me analyze my favorite series of books, Harry Potter. We do a lot of fun things, and Holly helps explain things in drawings, charts, and words. She also helped me prepare for writing a story based on a picture for my SSAT last Winter.
The quality of the essays was unbelievable. I had worked with other educational professionals on application essays in the past, but these essays were by far the best I had ever written!
You are one of my first experiences with a teacher who inspired me to commit and love my work.
I don’t know how to thank you for all the help and guidance you have given me. Thank you so much for everything.
Thank you so much for all your help!