Gavin Thomson is a private tutor and writing coach in New York City. He earned his MFA (Fiction) from Columbia, where he was a Felipe P. De Alba Fellow, and a BA (Honours) in English Literature from McGill. He has taught writing courses at Columbia and at Frank Sinatra School of Arts. Additionally, Gavin is a Reader at The Paris Review, as well as an Editorial Intern at The Experiment, an independent publisher in midtown.
As a tutor, Gavin Thomson aims to foster friendly environments, where his pupils can focus on reaching their potential as writers and thinkers, without fearing risks. He encourages curiosity and exploration, and he enjoys working with students of all ages. The moment when a student ‘gets it’ is particularly wonderful. His pupils and students have ranged from ages 9 to 50.
Gavin Thomson grew up in Chelsea, Quebec, where he played many sports, including—yes—hockey. After finishing his BA, he moved to Oslo, on scholarship, to study Norwegian Language and Literature at The University of Oslo’s International Summer School. Afterward he moved to Toronto, where he worked as a copywriter and a freelance writer. In 2017, he moved to New York to pursue his MFA.
Gavin’s writing has appeared in Tin House Online and LA Review of Books Quarterly Journal, as well as a variety of Canadian publications, among them The Walrus, National Post, Maisonneuve Magazine, and The New Quarterly.
In his free time, Gavin enjoys watching NBA games (go Toronto Raptors!), listening to Glenn Gould, and reading psychoanalytic classics. He loves walking (or snowshoeing) in the woods in his hometown with his family’s dog, Ruby, a half Border Collie, half Saint Bernard beauty.