Jennifer Crystal is a writer and educator who comes to the Boston area by way of Vermont, Connecticut, Paris, and Colorado. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she was a Dean’s Fellow, and her B.A. in English and French from Middlebury College, where she was a College Scholar. She has also done a summer of study at the Bread Loaf School of English, and has completed the Workshop in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was a finalist for the 2012 Writers’ Room of Boston Emerging Writer Fellowship, and is also a member of Neuwrite Boston.
Jennifer currently teaches Creative Writing at Grub Street Literary Arts Center in Boston. She also teaches a course called “Writing to Heal” during Middlebury College’s Winter Term, and as part of Lesley University’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. Jennifer is the author of Et Voilà: One Student’s Journey From Foreigner to Francophile (Belfort and Bastion 2014) and is working on her second book. A weekly columnist for a global health organization, Jennifer’s non-fiction work has also been featured in many local and national publications.
A former teacher of high school English and Journalism, Jennifer has worked as a tutor and consultant for more than fifteen years. She has tutored writers of all ages, from high school students working on their college essays to adults working on full-length manuscripts. A close reader with a keen eye for editing and a gentle tone for constructive feedback, Jennifer can help with writing of any kind, whether it’s expository writing for a Biology course, a personal essay for a Creative Writing class, or a personal statement for college or medical school admission. She has helped dozens of students shape their ideas into powerful, articulate essays that truly showcase the student’s personality and values. These essays have helped students earn admission to top undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
When she is not teaching, tutoring, or writing, Jennifer enjoys skiing, boating, volunteering at an adaptive sports program for people with disabilities, spending time with friends, and eating chocolate.