Crystal R. Tillman

Freelance Book Writer & Resume Writer

Location:Springfield, Illinois, United States
2 Skills
After graduating with my Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, I chose to work in Student Affairs as an effort to retain marginalized students in higher education. However, after spending over ten years facilitating several writing workshops, tutoring English Composition and Literature, and editing various papers for my students and colleagues, it became obvious that my love for literature and writing is best used as an editor, proofreader, and writer.

While reviewing my resume you will see that my education and professional experience as a Student Affairs administrator has prepared me for this position. I am a freelance writer, blogger and have edited various published novels and professional LinkedIn, WordPress, and Facebook pages. In my personal and professional career I have:

Performed comprehensive editing, proofreading, and basic writing services for a variety of clientele.
Planned, prepare and follow approved course of study with measurable objectives for each course taught.

Edited and proofread students homework, essays, poetry and short stories.

Motivate, coach and encourage students to write, proofread, and edit on a collegiate level.

Prepared instructional materials including examinations, course outlines, syllabi, visual
aids, and presentations, as necessary.

Instructed, manage and supervise individuals and groups in regular classrooms and
computerized classrooms through lectures, discussions, conferences, individualized
instruction and other appropriate methods.

Evaluated instruction and learning through use of written, oral, and performance tests.

Technically edited and submitted accurate and current reports and records regarding
student accountability, attendance, performance and follow-up.

Provided each student, tutor and supervisor with clear course (program) expectations,
evaluations and timelines through carefully written topical outlines and approved
standardized syllabus.

I eagerly await the opportunity to discuss how my educational background and employment experience will prove beneficial to your company!

Crystal R. Tillman. M.F.A

Highly effective creative and technical editor, writer, and blogger.
Academic writer and editor with over 10 years of grant writing experience for 3 Department of Education TRiO grants.
10+ years of experience and a proven record of successful accomplishments in academic advising, multicultural training and event planning.
Edits a large volume of professional and academic papers for a very diverse clientele.

Emerson College (2001 – 2013) Masters of Fine Arts: Creative Writing
Concentration: African Diaspora Literatures
Truman State University (1996 - 2000) Bachelor of Arts: English
Minor: African/African-American Studies

Robert Morris University – Illinois Student Support Services (SSS) Illinois 2012 – present
Academic Advisor-Instructional Focus
Develops and facilitates bi-monthly academic writing workshops. Specializes in planning and coordinating 5 – 7 effective educational professional development and cultural programming for students per quarter.

Creates, designs, and proofreads: SSS quarterly newsletter, website, Facebook page, student cover letters, resumes, academic essays and scholarship essays.

Responsible for publicizing RMU – SSS on Facebook, Blackboard and Instagram.

Supervisor: Manages 3-4 tutors and hold bi-weekly tutor-student progress bi-weekly meetings. Actively participates in the screening, interviewing, and training processes for new tutors and Supplemental Instruction Leaders. Created and planned and facilitated the first new tutor orientation and yearly retreat.

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program 2009-2011

Taught: Instructed GRE English Prep, academic writing, and Graduate School Prep 101 (UNIV 401)

Planned and developed propaganda for monthly professional development workshops, the annual Welcome Ceremony, and annual Summer Research Institute Symposium.

Edited page design and layout of the yearly McNair Research Journal

Invented various workshops including: graduate school interviewing, curriculum vitae development, goal setting and attaining, fellowship/assistantship/scholarship writing workshops and seminars.

Human Resources: Hired, trained, supervised and evaluated summer staff including, tutors, administrative assistant and student group leaders. Developed and edited SIUC McNair Tutor manual

Housing Department. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2008-2009
Paraprofessional Graduate Housing Assistant

Problem-Solver: Responsible facilitating staff meetings as directed and attended all appropriate and created all documents and hand-outs for staff meetings.

Created: Designed curriculum and agenda for the first Central Black Student Union leadership retreat, as an effort to teach teambuilding and student leadership.

Mentor: Mentored, tutored and facilitated a positive environment for approximately 300+ students. Tutored and edited Composition and Literature homework.

Human Resources: Participated in the screening, interviewing, and training orientation for new Resident Assistants (RA) and Social Justice Leaders.
Skills (2) Rating
Book Writing
Resume Writing