With over two decades of writing experience for the Central Intelligence Agency and the commercial fiction market, multi-published author Joanna Novins understands the importance of hooking the reader with the first line. She also understands the importance of telling a great story, whether it’s about manufacturing solid propellant missiles, happily-ever-after, or how to present yourself to college admissions readers.
Joanna has presented writing workshops throughout the country at forums sponsored by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the University of Connecticut, local libraries and community organizations. She has extensive experience working with writers of differing skill levels, from senior intelligence analysts and published authors to aspiring authors and high school students.
The proud parent of a smart, successful, and highly independent college student with a learning difference, Joanna particularly enjoys working as writing tutor for high school and college students with learning differences; if there’s one thing her years of experience working with writers has taught her, it’s that everyone has a story to tell and there's no single "right way" to tell it.
Joanna holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and was awarded a bachelor’s degree with honors in history from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Here's a recent email from one of Joanna's students, who had just learned she was accepted to UConn Business School MBA Program:
Thank you so much! I was on the brink of crying, I was so ecstatic. I am so grateful for all your help! Thank you for being so kind and patient with me through this process. I couldn't have done this without your guidance!
Trisha C., Greenwich, Connecticut
I can't thank you enough for helping us out in the 11th hour! Elizabeth absolutely loved working with Joanna and is looking forward to working with her on her final supplemental essays.
Marianne B., Redding, CT
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