As a retired English teacher of 33 years, I have taught and tutored over 1200 students, as well as engaged in my own essay and creative writing. The effective use of language and literary devices such as metaphor, symbol, and imagery in classic and contemporary literature, as well as their own essays, was the primary focus of my professional career. In addition, I taught grammar skills, editing, journaling, and the writing/analysis of poetry. My students enjoyed many fruitful results from our work together: admission to prestigious schools for entrance or SAT/ACT essays; jobs editing, grant writing, or teaching; and publishing novels. Writing has been my passion for life, and I love assisting others in becoming successful writers, as well as becoming a better one myself.