"My daughter’s access to you is a gift. You’re able to work with her and her talent in such a positive, constructive way. Her time with you is one of my favorite parts of her life."
— L.T. | Wellesley, MA

"Allan is the best writing teacher my son and I have ever met. He tunes into the writer, has the perspicacity to draw out the inner logic and wonder in the writer's understanding of the world. Translating thoughts, feelings, inspirations, passions, inklings into prose is a magic act, and Allan knows — I mean, he KNOWS — how to set the environment."
— C.D. | Dedham, MA

Creative Mentoring for the Student Writer

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With extensive experience coaching and mentoring the young creative writer, Hillside is always delighted to hear from students who seek to develop their skills and sensibilities as literary artists. We believe strongly that the best instruction for a young wordsmith inspires his or her engagement as a patient, observant reader, and from this foundation encourages experimentation derived from compelling models. Whether we work with a young writer in person or long-distance (using a combination of video-chat technology and online documents shared in "real time"), and whether the goal is completion of an application to a creative writing program or establishment of an apprenticeship, we seek to cultivate a lively and imaginative artistic connection that is serious about pursuing the art with inventively playful approaches.

Read more about the Hillside approach under For Writers


"Thank you! You are in my head whenever I write. I don't know where I would be without what you taught me."
— K.C. | Fairbanks, AK

"You made writing accessible. You made stories that fell flat on the page come alive. Thank you for the confidence you have instilled in me."
 — F.E.T. | Sudbury, MA