J Mark Price's Reading & Writing Workshop is a teaching studio in the West University neighborhood of Houston that serves K-12 students. At J Mark Price's Reading & Writing Workshop, we are committed to cultivating a joy and love for reading and writing in every student and to fostering a community of students, parents, and teachers where creativity and individuality thrive.
Our teachers, J. Mark Price, Danielle Resh, and Anna Meriano, with the help of Communications Director Lindsey Bainbridge, provide one-on-one tutoring sessions and group workshops in all facets of reading and writing, with goals of improving skills, building self-confidence, and instilling a genuine passion for reading and writing in our students. Our work with each student is highly individualized, whether a student is publishing their own novel, working to improve reading comprehension, learning to write a highly effective essay, or practicing skills for the ISEE test.
"A magical place where a child's imagination and creativity reign."
-Brenda, mother of Rani
Owner and Lead Teacher
Mark created his reading and writing workshop studio here in 2012, following a distinguished classroom-teaching career in both public and private schools, which included Teacher of the Year honors and a focus on helping his students connect meaningfully with and find joy in their reading and writing. Mark envisioned an inspiring studio learning environment in which the teaching of reading, writing, creative writing, all aspects of language arts and test preparation would be highly engaging and completely individualized to the academic needs and personality style of each student. Mark places great emphasis on helping his students find inspiration in their work and build confidence in themselves.
Reading & Writing Teacher
A native Houstonian, Danielle Resh graduated from the Liberal Arts Honors program at the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and a Creative Writing Certificate. Her poetry has been published in Hevria Magazine, the Jewish Literary Journal, Poetica’s 2019 Mizmor Anthology, and the Sunlight Press.
Danielle is passionate about helping children cultivate their creative growth. Her work with J Mark Price Reading & Writing Workshop ranges from teaching reading to elementary school students to developing novels with high school students; leading creative writing workshops to teaching grammar and essay writing; helping students develop a love of novel-reading to helping students navigate reading passages on the ISEE. Danielle is thrilled to be a part of the J Mark Price Reading & Writing Workshop family!
Reading & Writing Teacher
Anna Meriano is the author of the Love Sugar Magic series, with both the 3rd book in that series as well as a new YA title due for publication in 2020. She grew up in Houston, Texas, graduated from Rice University with a degree in English, and earned her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in writing for children from the New School in New York. She has taught creative writing and high school English, and works as a writing teacher and tutor. Anna likes reading, knitting, and playing full-contact Quidditch.
Reading & Writing Teacher
Amanda Ortiz was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is a recent graduate of the University of Houston where she studied English with a concentration in Creative Writing/Poetry and minored in Art History. Amanda served as the Co-Managing Editor at Large, Poetry Editor, Social Media Manager for Glass Mountain, the UH literary journal, in additon to her role as Historian and Head of Public Relations of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta.
Amanda, whose work is forthcoming in Defunkt Magazine in December 2020, has been featured in multiple readings in Houston such as the Writers for Migrant Justice Reading, Tintero Projects in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Public Poetry and Poetry FIX. Amanda’s teaching background includes Creative Writing, English Reading Comprehension, and English as a Second Language. Through her work with children at J. Mark Price’s Reading and Writing Workshop, Amanda aims to inspire creativity, growth, and especially confidence in each of her students, in both their writing and other aspects of their lives!
Hoa Nhu Le
Hoa Nhu Le is a PhD student at the University of Houston,
majoring in cell molecular biology, and she holds a Master's
degree in Neuroscience. Thanks to Nhu’s strong background in
math, she received a perfect score on the GRE test, Math
section (170/170). Nhu has many years of tutoring experience
and has taught a wide range of students, from middle school to
college-aged, including SAT preparation.
In addition to math, she teaches biology and chemistry, and
microbiology lab for undergraduate students at University of
Houston. With all the knowledge and experience she has
accumulated, Nhu looks forward to helping her students
achieve not only better results in school and standardized test
preparation, but also develop a real love for math and science.
Lindsey has served as Communications Director for J. Mark Price’s Reading and Writing Workshop since 2014. She has led formatting and editing work on books published by our Workshop students, helping them fulfill their dreams of becoming published authors. Lindsey works hard behind the scenes to ensure the Workshop runs smoothly: she communicates frequently with our families, works on scheduling and billing, and plays an integral role organizing and supporting our special events, such as taking our students to read to seniors and to read to shelter animals.
Lindsey is a graduate of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, with a degree in print journalism. She is a former managing editor of an international magazine and is an experienced copyeditor as well. She currently lives in Richmond, Texas, with her husband, Ernie, an elementary school Assistant Principal, and their two young sons.
News in the Studio
EMILY YEN: STONE SOUP
Congratulations to Emily Yen (6th grade) for having her beautiful poem, "Lines of Grace" accepted for publication in Stone Soup!
SOPHIA, ANNA, LUCY NGUYEN: LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
Sophia, Anna, and Lucy Nguyen are pleased to announce the opening of their Little Free Library at 4100 S. Shepherd Drive, 77098. While any books are of course welcome, this little library is particularly dedicated to the work of any students who would like to share their own books they have written, and the kids that want to read them!
In addition, the sisters have just released on Amazon the sequel to their book "Fluffy The Lionhead Rabbit." This timely second book is titled "Fluffy's Haunted Halloween" and is available at the link below. These young authors are donating all proceeds from sales of both their books to Save the Children, to help children around the world affected by Covid:
EMILY YEN: SKIPPING STONES YOUTH AWARD
Congratulations to Emily Yen for receiving the 2020 Youth Honors Award for her lovely poem, "The Quilt of Our World" about peace, justice, and equality!
YUTIA LI: CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS FALL 2020 ANTHOLOGY
Congratulations to 6th grade student Yutia Li for having her poem "Change" accepted into Creative Communication's Fall 2020 Anthology!
iWRITE 2020 ANTHOLOGY
Congratulations to all of our writers who were accepted for publication in iWRITE's space themed anthology! Lyndon Raymond, Emily Yen, Matthew Jeong, Kate Jeong, Yutia Li, Saleela Pemmaraju, Prisha Shivani, Sarah Spalding, Alexis Vu, and Katherine Zhang-- we are so proud of all of you!
STONE SOUP WEEKLY CONTEST WINNERS
Congratulations to Matthew Jeong, Lyndon Raymond, Sophie Yu, and Yutia Li for winning Stone Soup Magazine's weekly writing contests! You can find their work on the Stone Soup blog-https://stonesoup.com/coronavirus-covid-19-blog.
2020 NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC KEY WINNERS
Congratulations to Maya Harpavat (Gold Key), Katherine Zhang (Gold & Silver Key), Natalie Hampton (2 Gold Keys), and Jessica Horton (Gold Key) for receiving national recognition from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!
FALL 2020 SCHOOL ACCEPTANCES
Congratulations to our students on their school acceptances for fall of 2020! Our students have been accepted to: The Kinkaid School, St. John's School, Hotchkiss, Strake Jesuit, St. Agnes Academy, The Emery/Weiner School, River Oaks Baptist School, Episcopal High School, T.H. Rogers, Presbyterian School, Awty International School, Pin Oak, St. Mark's School, and Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. We are so proud of all of our students!
2020 SUMMER ENROLLMENT
Summer enrollment has now begun! Email for more information.
KATE JEONG: HSPVA
We warmly and enthusiastically congratulate Kate Jeong for being one of about 20 students accepted to Houston's legendary High School for the Performing and Visual Arts!
2020 SCHOLASTIC WINNERS
Congratulations to our studio writers for their outstanding results in the annual Scholastic Writing Awards competition. Our students were awarded a combined total of 25 Gold, Silver, and Honorable Mention Keys. We are SO proud of all of them!
WELCOME, ANNA MERIANO:
We are so excited to welcome highly accomplished author and teacher Anna Meriano to our teaching team. You can read more about her in our Bio section!
SOPHIE YU: PUBLISHED POET
We are so proud of 6th grade student, Sophie Yu, for releasing her debut poetry book, My Universe. You can order her book here: https://www.amazon.com/My-Universe-Sophie-R-Yu/dp/1696989612.
2019 iWRITE CONTEST
We are so excited to announce that Jessie Horton (9th grade), Sophie Yu (6th), Kendall Doerr (8th), and Yutia Li (5th) all had their work accepted for publication in the 2019 iWRITE anthology. Double congrats to Prisha Rajwani (6th) for receiving the Editor's Choice Award!
RANI RAJAN: PUBLISHED POET
Congratulations to kindergartener Rani Rajan for the acceptance of her poem in Creative Communication's anthology!
ACCEPTANCE TO HSPVA
We are so proud of our three 8th grade students, Natalie Hampton, Caroline Woods, and Jessica Horton, for their acceptance to HSPVA! Great work, girls!
Congratulations to all of our amazing Scholastic Writing Contest regional winners: Samantha Wortring, Catherine Andrews, Jessica Horton, Sacha Waters, John Marian, Elise Shu, Katherine Lesslie, and Ashley Yen! We also would like to wish a HUGE congratulations to Ava Yu for medalling at the national level!
SOPHIE YU, EMILY YEN, AND YUTIA LI: PUBLISHED POETS
Congratulations to 5th grade student Sophie Yu and 4th grade students Emily Yen and Yutia Li! All three had their poems accepted for publication by the Creative Communication Poetry Contest. We are triply excited and proud!
PRISHA SHIVANI: PUBLISHED NOVELIST
We are so excited to announce that 5th grade student Prisha Shivani has just published her space-themed debut novel, The Other Side of the Moon. Prisha has generously decided to donate part of the proceeds of her book sales to the Star of Hope homeless shelter here in Houston.
AVA YU: PUBLISHED NOVELIST
We are thrilled to share with you all that one of our young writers, Ava Yu, an 8th grade student at Emery/Weiner, has just released her first novel, Out of This World, nationally on Amazon. Ava is donating part of the proceeds from her book to MD Anderson Cancer Center! We are incredibly proud of her. You can order Ava's book directly here.
LILY MAYO: PUBLISHED POET
One of our wonderful high school students, Lily Mayo, had her poem "In the Eyes of An Angel as the Heavens Fall: Depression Too is a Disease" published on teenink.com! Great job, Lily! You can read her moving poem here.
YUTIA LI: PUBLISHED POET
Our talented 4th grade student, Yutia Li, had her poem "How the Universe Began" published in Stone Soup Magazine!
2018 iWRITE ANTHOLOGY
We are so excited to have two of our students published in the 2018 iWRITE Anthology. Ava Yu's artwork appears on the iWRITE cover, and Yutia Li's short story, "The Chocolate Tower," can be found within the anthology.