Connie Chen received her Bachelor’s degree in English, with Honors, from Wellesley College. Her Honors Senior Thesis was awarded 1st prize for The Jacqueline Award for Literary Essay and The Pamela Daniels Fellowship merit award. Connie’s scholarly interests include nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature, literary theory and criticism, and disability studies, with a current focus on the works of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Flannery O’Connor. She has presented her literary criticism at a number of academic conferences such as the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, the American Literature Association Conference, the International Hemingway Society Conference, and the International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference. She is currently working on Hemingway and religion with the support of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Research Grant, as well as disability in Flannery O’Connor’s work with the support of the Georgia College Ina Dillard Russell Library Research Grant.

Connie began tutoring writing while still in junior high. Since then, she has tutored students from high-school through graduate school and finds immense joy in discovering and cultivating the unique voice and style of each of her students, who have earned admissions to Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Chicago, and law schools.

Outside of academia, Connie also teaches pointed-pen calligraphy and is the youngest of the 14 people in the world who have earned the Master Penman title.


I have heard Connie Chen deliver two papers at Hemingway Conferences and both times I marveled at her delivery and her outstanding writing ability. In both instances, she was still an undergraduate but she outclassed her superiors both times. I have been attending Hemingway Conferences since the early 70s and served as a founding member of the Hemingway Society and later as President. I can safely say that Connie Chen is the revelation as a writer of that group, many of whom are superb writers. Her intelligence and clarity are only matched by her style. In short she is a very fine writer, a true crafter of style. Her elders literally marvel at her combination of industriousness and her talent and gift as a stylist. In short, Connie Chen is as good as it gets.
Connie Chen is a superb writer and teacher of writing. She is a very gifted and skillful interpreter of literature—she really knows and understands how to write an excellent analytical essay. Her work for me was not only insightful but also beautifully, creatively written. She is very bright, lively, articulate, and personable. Connie is a gifted explainer and teacher, a terrific tutor. Anyone who works with her will learn a lot!

B.A. with Honors
Wellesley College
Class of 2017

Master of Divinity
Harvard University


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