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Tamara Girardi teaches literature and composition at Harrisburg Area Community College and creative writing for independent writing groups, conferences and retreats. She holds a BA in English and Humanities (Jacksonville University, Florida), an MLitt in Creative Writing (University of St. Andrews, Scotland), and a PhD in English (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Tamara’s doctoral dissertation, It Can Be Acquired and Learned: Building a Writer-Centered Pedagogical Approach to Creative Writing, argues for a balance of practice and theory in daily assignments and attention to student writing and reading preferences. Tamara writes young adult fiction, and her academic research interests include creative writing studies, online learning, student engagement, and writer-centeredness. Follow her on Twitter @TamaraGirardi