I prefer to teach one-on-one. Having planned and conducted tutorials for groups of 20-25, I find that doing face-to-face work lets me understand my students' needs in a much more efficient manner. I also prefer to work via Skype/online, mostly due to travel constraints, though I'd be willing to negotiate this based on transport/distance.
My classes are quite structured, but not rigid. I like to work in a focused, methodical manner, but I'm very open to listening to students' needs and structuring my lesson around what they need. My first priority is always going to be the students, so I'm always thinking about how I can change my teaching methodology to suit their specific needs. This is the reason why I'm very particular about one-on-one sessions.
Currently, my structure is this - I will listen to your specific lesson requirements, make a lesson plan based on it, go over what you need with you
I'm currently pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing and have an English MA. I've been teaching both academic and creative writing for the past two years (at university level) and have worked as a professional ghost/content writer for a year before that. I've also worked as a member of the editorial board in a Canadian magazine and have judged/edited submissions for publications.
Please let me know in advance if you're cancelling; I don't charge for cancellation, but I will charge $5 as a travel fee if it's last minute and I've traveled to the student's home.
MFA in Creative Writing | University of British Columbia
SEPTEMBER 2017 – current
- Workshops in Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novels, YA Writing, Playwriting,
- Currently in second year, working on thesis (YA novel)
MA (Coursework) English and Cultural Studies | McMaster University
SEPTEMBER 2016 – AUGUST 2017
- Courses in Critical Animal Studies, Science Fiction, Book History, Digital Humanities, Diasporic/Postcolonial Studies, Post-War/Trauma Studies, Medieval Romances.
- Courses completed with an average of Grade A (graduated in November 2017)
BA English | Women’s Christian College, India
JUNE 2012 – APRIL 2015
- Courses in British Literature (covering all movements from Renaissance to Postmodern times), Feminist Theory, Contemporary American Literature, Indian Literature (in Translation as well as in English), Eco-literature, Linguistics, Postcolonial Studies, Theatre and Short Film Production, Journalism, Advertising/PR.
- Graduated in 2015 with a first class with distinction standing.
- Bachelor’s Thesis – Empowering Little Girls: A Feminist Study of Enid Blyton
Ghostwriter/Content Writer| Freelancing
APRIL 2015 – SEPTEMBER 2017
Provided content on the following genres -
- Content for social media such as daily blog posts, ads, slogans, etc.
- Creative non-fiction such as memoirs, history, contemporary news features, self-help, etc.
- Children’s literature and young adult fiction; genres worked in – horror, paranormal, murder, mystery, teen romance
- Adult fiction such as erotica, literary epic re-tellings
Playwright | Crea-Shakti (Community Theater Troupe)
APRIL 2015 – SEPTEMBER 2016
- Provided shorts for performance; company was a youth-based theater group, established to bring theater and acting to young adults and teenagers within the city, particularly across schools, colleges and university campuses
- Helped to train kids in grades 1-10 in theater and drama in after-school classes
- Teaching Assistant to Dr. Glen Norton at McMaster University between 2016-17 for the course, Theater and Film: Theater, Cinema and Society; organized and conducted bi-weekly tutorials for students to supplement professor’s lectures, along with grading assignments as well as holding office hours.
- Teaching Assistant to Mr. Tariq Hussain at UBC between 2017-18 for CRWR 200: Introduction to Creative Writing.
- New Shoots Mentor between Jan-April 2018 in UBC at Kitsilano Secondary High School, for both grades 8 and 9, working on basic creative writing classes with the English teacher; program is a collaborative effort between the Vancouver School Board and the MFA Department of UBC to bring writing mentors together with high-school students to work on their creative writing.
- Organized regular English Language workshops for students of underprivileged backgrounds in my Undergrad as Head of Literary/Debate Club; structured workshop content around teaching English through storytelling/theater
- Tutored/mentored undergraduate juniors in writing, both Creative and Academic as the Head of the Literary/Debate Club
- Conducted theater workshops for WCC Undergraduates, to teach them Voice Projection/Modulation, as well as Play-writing
ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
- Part-time editor of the English Department’s Upper Year Newspaper, The Rivett, in undergrad
- Published regularly in Undergraduate English Magazine, Sunflower
- Presented paper titled “Transgenders and Transsexualism in Indian Mythology” at the International Conference on Gender Dynamics: Evolving Synergies, conducted at Women’s Christian College, June 2016
Shyamala is a wonderful teacher and has the knack of putting across complex ideas in simple and interesting ways.
A dedicated educator and a hoot to hang out with! Shyams is friend and peer of mine, with experience teaching creative writing. We were TAs together, and her work ethic and care for her students was admirable. She has also edited for me, for spelling, grammar and more complex issues.
Shyams is a fellow graduate student whose feedback, advice, and recommendations have infinitely improved my own work. She is kind, patient, and sensitive, while at the same time offering incisive and hugely helpful, workable advice. She has demonstrated experience working sensitively and constructively with every level of writer, and at every level of feedback. Highly recommended.
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