Born and raised in Brooklyn, Alyssa is happy to once again call Brooklyn home. Alyssa attended Saint Ann’s in Brooklyn Heights and then Williams College, where she majored in English and wrote a collection of short stories for her Honors Thesis, one of which won the Wainwright Award for best short story, played on and captained the Women’s Squash team, and directed a tutoring program that paired local high schoolers with Williams students. After college, she received a Princeton in Asia Fellowship in Chiang Mai, Thailand, teaching English to University students. Since moving back to Brooklyn, she has completed her MFA in fiction writing at Brooklyn College, where she was the recipient of a Truman Capote Scholarship, a Lainoff Scholarship and the Himan Brown Award. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.
Alyssa teaches English and expository writing to undergraduates at Brooklyn College, and she teaches a summer creative writing course for high school students. Since college, she has tutored everything from middle school history to first grade French, but her strengths lie in helping students craft clear and thoughtful pieces of writing. She has edited numerous college application essays, worked on countless expository essays with students of all ages, and assisted at all points of the writing process, from close reading of difficult texts, to research, to polishing a final draft. Alyssa believes writing is a product of time rather than innate skill; anyone with the desire to write can end up with an impressive final product, no matter where they start!
Outside of writing and teaching, Alyssa can be found cooking Thai food, going on runs in Prospect Park, or trying (and failing) to think of a caption for the New Yorker Caption Contest.