Welcome to the Chase Hill School for Literary Arts

Welcome to the Chase Hill School for Literary Arts

The Chase Hill School for Literary Arts is a small, distance school that provides a variety of  high-quality tutorial programs and courses for adults and children who are at least ten years old and ready for an advanced, writing-intensive program.  In no way comparable to the superficial and at best band-aid-like approach to teaching found in most on-line writing programs, Chase Hill programs consist of genuine, constructive interaction between student and teacher and provide outstanding one-on-one 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 teacher and writer with a PhD in English from Brandeis University and nearly twenty years of teaching both academic and creative writing, at all levels, from elementary through college.

Mary is highly skilled in helping students master the academic and expository forms of writing required for success in middle, high school and college.  A published poet and author,  Mary also enjoys working with creative writing students to develop their talent and to master the features of their genre(s).   In addition to the traditional literary genres of fiction, poetry and drama, the Chase Hill School embraces all forms of creative non-fiction, such as memoir, nature writing, and experimental narrative.

An extraordinarily dedicated instructor, Mary enjoys helping her students master real writing skills.   She also encourages her students to value their growth as writers through her thoughtful, expert tutorials and her genuinely enthusiastic support for their work.   Her positive, respectful style of teaching has won kudos from parents and students alike: while cultivating and expanding their strengths, Mary inspires her students to care more about their writing (and work harder on it)—usually with outstanding results.    (For more information about Mary, see “About Chase Hill School.”)



In order to accommodate each student’s goals,  interests and level of proficiency,  Chase Hill’s private tutorial programs offer maximum flexibility.   While many families enjoy using the large selection of assignments and assignment sequences that we offer, our tutorial programs give the student (or family) complete control over content.  They may, for example, use their own assignments or assignments required for other courses; they may choose to work on an essay one month and a short story the next.    In addition to two different tutorial formats (“live” and written), students also have three different program options to choose from: weekly tutorials, bi-monthly tutorials, or a single project option.  For more information, see “Tutorial Programs



Standard tutorials allow students to work with their instructor “in person” via Skype or Blackboard.   These high-quality sessions allow teacher and student to work synchronously on shared drafts of writing or on  exercises designed to address their areas of weakness, such as outlining, assignment analysis, organization and revision.   In addition to the hour-long session, Mary reviews the student’s work prior to the appointment (which saves tutorial time); and she follows up each tutorial with a friendly note,  summarizing the main goals of the session and providing a little extra encouragement.   This helps to reinforce the principle(s) covered in the tutorial and to promote a continued sense of support between sessions.  For more information, see “Tutorial Programs.”


For those who prefer to receive their tutorials in a written format, we also offer written tutorials,  which include such features as detailed teacher’s comments;  thoughtful revision guidance;  personalized exercises; and an encouraging letter from the instructor in response to each draft of student writing, providing an overview of the writing’s strengths and weaknesses, with up-beat advice on how to improve it and feedback on the progress shown in each revision.    For more information, see “Tutorial Programs.”   If you would like to view some of Mary’s written tutorials, please let us know: we’ll be happy to send some to you.