Hi! My name is Valerie Serrano. I’ve been writing for many years, and studying writing for many years. I have a master of fine arts degree in creative writing and a bachelors in psychology, which, along with $2 will get me on the subway (unless they’ve raised the rates).
I’ve been teaching creative writing classes in Santa Rosa, CA, since 2012 first at Finley Community Center on College Avenue and then opened my little studio near Coddingtown called Let’s Write! where I do the same plus editing, formatting and book design, self-publishing assistance, and more.
And I love every minute of it, and the wonderful memoirs, poetry, and fiction my students write. Four of them have been published last year and this, and I’ve self-published my own novel and a picture book. (links coming soon).
Previously, I taught English and writing in New York City for seven years to many wonderful people, a multicultural population from around the world, of all ages, some with “disabilities”–including some very nice felons recently released from Riker’s Island, the nearby island prison off Manhattan.
We learned from each other. I taught them that each one is important and each one has something to say which the world wants (needs?) to hear. They taught me that no apparent obstacle can stand in the way when one gives expression to one’s true story and tells it honestly!
So, Let’s Write! :- )