MFA in Fiction Writing, Strauss Fellow
BA in English and Theater Studies
Marisa has been a writing instructor for over a decade. Specializing in academic and creative writing, she helps readers understand and interpret ideas in literary works and then successfully articulate these thoughts into clear, structured, and engaging sentences, paragraphs, and essays.
For beginning creative writers, she introduces the fundamentals of fiction and creative nonfiction writing. She provides encouraging feedback and stimulating exercises to help the student charge confidently across the blank page. For more advanced writers, she helps develop and hone craft, focusing on revision and prose styling to generate works for publication or admissions portfolios. For those applying to schools—high school, college, graduate school—she coaches students in a combination of academic and creative writing to produce exceptionally unique and exquisitely polished personal statements.
Marisa currently teaches fiction writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and undergraduate writing at The Art Institute, Los Angeles. She leads courses in short story and novel writing, reading and writing Magical Realism, creative non-fiction, and composition.
She has been an adjunct professor of research and composition at UC Irvine. As a graduate student in the MFA program at UCI, she taught courses in Creative Writing and in Rhetoric and Composition.
She has classroom taught and tutored SAT Verbal Prep through Ivy West, Sylvan Learning Systems, and Compass Education. Marisa has privately tutored middle school, high school, and college students—assessing strengths and weaknesses in general study skills and writing, developing personalized educational programs, supervising ongoing academic development, and insuring coordination with institutionalized instruction.
Marisa is the author of the critically lauded Drenched: Stories of Love and Other Deliriums (2010), a collection of interconnected short stories. Drenched has recently been optioned for film, and Marisa is currently working with the director to adapt the book to screen.
Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in print and online literary journals such as Faultline, Hobart, 5Chapters, Unstuck, The Nervous Breakdown, and Legal Affairs Magazine.
She has won the Wallace Prize for fiction writing, the Arthur Willis Colton Scholarship, the Elmore A. Willis Prize for fiction, and the Dorothy and Donald Strauss Endowed Thesis Fellowship.
Marisa tutors students in literary analysis, academic writing and composition, fiction, creative nonfiction, and high school, college, and graduate admission essays. Her rate is $200 per hour.