Hi! My name is Valerie Serrano. I’ve been reading, writing, 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 NYC subway (though I think 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 did the same plus editing, book design, self-publishing assistance, and more.
I’ve moved on from the studio but still teach and edit online. And I’ve loved every minute of it, and the wonderful memoirs, poetry, and fiction my students write. Four of them have self-published, and I self-published a novel and a picture book.
Previously, I taught English and writing in New York City for seven years (1996-2003–during which I eye-witnessed “9-11” on my way to work that fateful morning, but that’s a story for another page). My classes were filled with a lively number of people aged 18 to 80-something from around the world, some with “disabilities”–including some very nice felons (prostitutes and drug dealers) recently released from Riker’s Island, the nearby island prison off Manhattan.
We learned from each other. I taught them that each one of them was important and had something important to say that somebody wanted or needed to hear. They taught me that no apparent obstacle can stand in the way when one sits down to tell their story and tell it honestly from the heart. They inspired me to start my own writing instruction and editing service to help people do the same.
So, Let’s Write! :- )