About Me

My Past

I grew up in New York City and have lived in London, Istanbul, and Los Angeles.  I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College for undergraduate studies, and Columbia University for Graduate School.  I received my teaching credential in 2002.  I have taught writing at  LAUSD, the University of Southern California, Cal State LA, The University of the West, and in the certificated program at UCLA. 

My Present

As a professor and writing consultant for almost 20 years, my job has been to help individuals communicate effectively so they can achieve their academic and/or career goals. Whether it be a college application essay, a dissertation, or a blog, the end result will be a piece of writing done with clarity, intelligence, and authenticity. 


Writing dozens of college application essays in a short period of time was an incredibly difficult task for my son, but Deirdre helped him craft each idea into an interesting and compelling story. After reading each draft, she would  articulate ways for him to improve the essays and how to infuse them with his passion, his struggle, and his pride. And in the end, his character shone through, resulting in acceptances from  UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, and Harvey Mudd College.

           Lei Wang, parent 

Deirdre Higgins is an amazing editor! I needed editing for my PhD dissertation and Deirdre came recommended to me from a friend at USC. She meticulously went over each page of my dissertation to make sure grammar, syntax, organization, and punctuation were accurate. She was highly professional, easy to communicate with, and she got the corrections back to me quickly. Thanks, Deirdre.

             Christopher Keating

             Ph.D Candidate, Applied Physics

             University  of Oregon