WELCOME TO CHASE HILL
The Chase Hill School for Literary Arts is a small, distance school providing a variety of exceptionally high-quality programs for adults and children who are at least ten years old and ready for an advanced, writing-intensive program. In addition to expository writing and standard literary genres--fiction, poetry and drama--the Chase Hill School embraces all forms of creative non-fiction, such as memoir, nature writing, and experimental forms. In no way comparable to the band-aid-like approach found in most online writing programs, Chase Hill programs consist of genuine interaction between student and teacher, and outstanding private writing instruction in all genres and at all levels, from middle school through college.
All instruction at the Chase Hill School is done by Mary Bailey, a writer with over twenty years of teaching both creative and academic writing. An enthusiastic coach and dedicated instructor, Mary is highly skilled in helping students master the modes of writing required for success in middle, high school and college. A poet herself, with poems appearing in Field, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry East, The New Guard, The Boston Phoenix, and several others, Mary especially enjoys working with creative writing students to develop their talent and master their craft. She encourages her students to value their growth as writers through her thoughtful expertise and her exuberant support for both their process and their work. Her respectful, student-centered style of teaching has won kudos from parents and students alike: while cultivating their strengths, Mary inspires her students to care more about their writing, often with outstanding results.
In her student days, Mary was fortunate to work with such writers as Frank Bidart, Louise Glück, Lloyd Schwartz, Allen Grossman, Mary Baine Campbell, Martha Collins, Lynda Hull, Geoffrey Wolff and others. Mary went on to teach creative writing, literature and English Composition at Brandeis University, the University of Southern Maine, and New Hampshire College, as well as writing classes in several Adult Education programs.
Today, she works with middle and high school students in her local San Francisco Bay Area homeschooling community and runs the Chase Hill School, which she founded in 2012, to accommodate students who wished to work with her but lived too far away to meet in person. With students logging in from Boston to Bangalore, Mary now enjoys coaching writers of all genres and at all levels--wherever they happen to be.