The Smart Writer no longer has group classes.
 We will be focusing on private and
 semi-private tutoring.

The Smart Writer

Private tutoring at
340 Brook Ford Point
Johns Creek, GA 30022
(770) 772-6563

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you excel in school and throughout life

Richard Matthews is a professional journalist with more than 30 years of experience on the staff of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before his retirement from the newspaper. He served as a reporter, a metro editor, an editorial writer and member of The Atlanta Journal’s editorial board, and was last assigned as a senior online editor for, the newspaper’s Web edition.tutor

Mr. Matthews was a National Merit Scholar at Michigan State University, and was a Fulbright Fellow at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. He is fluent in Japanese and is learning Mandarin Chinese. He has spent considerable time traveling and conducting research in Asia.

He has an extensive list of publications, including invited entries in the Encyclopedia Britannica Book of the Year in 1990 (Japanese edition) and 1991 (American edition). He has edited books on cross-cultural business, the labor market in China, and the cabinet system in Japan. While a member of The Atlanta Journal’s editorial board, he wrote about 50 columns and 200 editorials each year.

Since beginning his tutoring service, Mr. Matthews has worked with more than 1,000 students, helping them in several ways: teaching high-level writing skills, preparing for SAT and ACT exams, and coaching for application essays for colleges and private secondary schools. Many of his students have gone on to top universities and highly selective private schools around the country.


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