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The Writing Studio
153 South Fairmount Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
The Writing Studio provided me excellent direction and mentoring during a crucial stage in my creative career. Johanna's advice and guidance helped me
make several important decisions that pointed me in the right direction and relieved a great deal of stress!
Joe Coohill, freelance writer and educator
Jodie has done such a great job with our daughter — her writing has improved by leaps and bounds.
Jodie was amazing and I really enjoyed our session. She made me feel comfortable, and writing in general makes me feel extremely uncomfortable!
It was truly a no judgment zone and gave me some great tips and items to get started on.
Almost Authors allowed me to get my creative juices flowing while learning some amazing writing skills that I
now use in my everyday writing.
I remember Almost Authors as a formative experience in my love for language. Now that I’ve been a literature
teacher for several years, I look back on the creative expression and experimentation with language that Julie
and the Almost Authors program encouraged and realize that it helped me understand myself and the world. To this day,
I seek to create the same welcoming and encouraging space for my own literature students that I had with Almost Authors.
Julie's techniques help kids to bring out what's already in their brains and hearts. She is a perfect example of non-pushy motivation.
I'm so grateful you've built so much trust with my son over the years that he's comfortable sharing his poetry with you.
It's a rare and welcome glimpse into his teenage head.
I really enjoyed the summer workshop and I thought that it was very effective. This workshop taught me a great
deal of writing tips, skills, and techniques, as I walked out of camp every day having learned something new.
I look forward to attending again!
My college freshman and middle school-age daughters have been tutored in English and writing by Julie Albright.
Their time with Julie has solidified a fundamental knowledge of grammar and punctuation, and they now know how to
research, organize and complete writing projects. My older daughter transitioned into college writing without any
difficulty. She was well-prepared. Julie is a gifted teacher and she's fun to be around. Kids enjoy being with her!
Julie has helped me so much throughout my high school writing career. Coming from an elementary school with a
very weak writing program and into a high school with an outstanding program put me very far behind the other
students in terms of writing structure and style. However, within a few sessions of working with Julie, my
teachers noticed that my writing and analysis had improved exponentially. I'm very glad to have had such
excellent guidance in my early years.
In addition to teaching children the nuts and bolts of grammar, sentence structure, and paragraph formatting,
she has the uncanny ability to teach them to become creative writers. Best I can tell, she helps them discover
their own writing style by closely listening to their thoughts and ideas on a specific topic. She then shows
them how to turn these ideas into creative prose. Over time, they become self-sufficient in their ability to turn
their 'brainstorming' into well-written, beautiful, and unique essays that clearly embody their own thoughts.
My son developed into a creative, organized writer with the help and guidance of Julie Albright. More importantly,
he developed a strong appreciation of the written word.
Julie has tutored my son every summer throughout his high school years. He has also attended the Almost Authors writing
workshop each summer. Julie is very personable, and most importantly, she has always motivated Collin to do his best.
He always looked forward to her writing workshop. The kids enjoy themselves and learn at the same time!
Julie tutored each of our three sons during their challenging high school years. Through their sessions with her,
each one began to enjoy the writing process more and to write with greater ease, and each became more confident in
his writing abilities. They were able to hear and take suggestions from Julie that they couldn't from their mom and
dad, so writing also became one less area of potential parent-child conflict.
Since Julie has tutored/taught my teenagers how to really write a paper, I have never had to worry about their ability
to express themselves correctly and get that A.
I absolutely loved the writing camp. It made me think of writing in a totally different way. I really never did poems,
but after we did them in class, I wrote them all the time. I still do! I even use the outlines we did for our stories.
The writing program is an incredible program that I would suggest trying.
My daughter Monica attended Almost Authors for two years in a row and is hoping to attend again. We carpooled with other
students and it was fun to hear them talking about how much they were enjoying themselves.
I have gone to the Writing Studio summer workshop for as long as I have known Julie (7 years). Now that I'm going to college it
pains me to realize that I won’t be able to participate in it this summer.
Top Ten Reasons Why The Writing Studio Was Awesome
No one liked the fruit roll ups so I always got to eat them.
Kept me off the streets. Just kidding.
Writing has yet to get me in trouble for being mouthy on paper.
My mom's happy because I spent my summer productively.
I'm happy because it didn't really feel like it.
Gave me an audience for my stories.
The writing exercises were useful. And they sure beat English class.
Writing let me create a way better reality. And by better, I mean more exciting.
Ten is a really big number.
I have worked with Julie since elementary school as a writer in her studio and classroom, and now she helps me with cover letters
and essays. I wouldn't choose anybody else as an editor. She helps me get thoughts out of my own head and shows me how to put
them on paper!
After my youngest son left for college I decided to finally finish the Bachelors degree that I had started 25 years ago. I can
honestly say I would have thrown in the towel after the first writing assignments at the University of Pittsburgh if I hadn’t had
Julie there to help me along. Julie is an excellent tutor, very patient and with a great sense of humor to make the process fun.
I highly recommend Julie — I have to friends and family, and no one has been disappointed.
Before I had lessons with Julie, my writing was a mess and my essays made no sense. After a few lessons I was a writing pro; I even
submitted a few editorials to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. If you're looking for someone to help your child with writing skills,
there is no one better than Julie Albright.