Accepting Writing Mentees
Great writing requires ferocious passion. How else can we tap into the extreme vulnerability or the focused concentration that is required to bring out experience in powerful and meaningful ways on the page? From my many years of writing and teaching, I know that young writers aren’t challenged by lack of passion. They are fearless when overcoming immediate obstacles frustrating their achievement.
What they don’t have is proved persistence. And in a world where speed increasingly equates to success, young writers feel threatened by a minimum10, 000 hours that it takes to truly master this craft before becoming frustrated and giving up entirely. Going it alone with that passion and talent can go farther with experienced perspective that creates better execution.
Writing has been my life’s work, and I want to share my knowledge with a select group of mentees as an independent mentor/champion/consultant. My experienced perspective helps young writers (ages 15-30) focus their passion and talent to create a powerful writing practice, engage with the best literary writers, and be a part of the larger conversation. Each mentee recognizes the importance of engaging with literature while thinking with deliberation and relying on writerly habits of mind. While learning a variety of genres and their reason for being, my mentees also develop in-depth critical thinking skills and a disciplined writing approach.
Mentees have previously experienced traditional or non-traditional paths to becoming a writer. My mentorship will encourage while challenge and advance their writing through deeper analyses of writing concepts and execution, writing as a practice and assistance in submitting work for publication and contests.
I welcome free consultations to explore fit and level of need. I appreciate your referrals … and your support in advancing the art of writing in the younger generation. You may contact me at
Rich Murphy, an award-winning poet and essayist, is a master writing teacher with decades of experience working with individuals and groups, as well as tutoring and teaching at the university level. Rich offers individual and group coaching and tutoring in person at two locations—Marblehead, MA and Central Square, Cambridge MA. He also coaches one-on-one via email. Rich works with writers aged 15 and up.
Rich’s books of poetry have won national awards, and his essays on poetics and the humanities have been published broadly in international, peer-reviewed journals. He has three decades of experience as a college-level teacher and writing coach, helping writers of poetry and of the academic essay.
Whether facilitating a poetry workshop or tutoring a prose writer, Rich’s goal is to empower writers so they can achieve their personal best. Always honoring the critical thinker and creative writer within each participant, Rich’s pedagogy is underpinned by the ideas of Paulo Freire, Peter Elbow, Henry Giroux, and Anne Berthoff. For him, problem-posing and welcoming newer writers into the conversation are key to the process. He is an associate of the Institute of Writing and Thinking at Bard College. My most recent departmental assessment at MassArt states of my pedagogy, “You are one of the precious few teachers that I have met who understands this challenge and is capable of meeting it.”
Rich has coached, tutored and facilitated workshops with poets and writers from Iraq to Los Angeles, from NYC to South Korea, Portsmouth, NH to New Haven, CT. Once a writer has established a relationship with Rich, s/he can depend on a reliable colleague and friend after the official working relationship, throughout his/her career.
Writers looking for assistance with writing their own poetry or organizing a book of poems will appreciate his ability to read a broad range of styles while providing supportive advice and commentary. Writers interested in writing clear academic prose, or looking for an editor or “sounding board,” will also find a working relationship with him rewarding.
Click on tabs for poetry or prose to learn more about his background and approach in these areas.