Camille Patrao

  • University of Southern California
  • B.A. in English

    Camille is an educator and writer from Los Angeles, California. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing. Camille is deeply passionate about education and worked with the nonprofit WriteGirl for years, which provides creative writing/college preparedness workshops and one-on-one writing mentorship for teen girls in Los Angeles. Camille has also worked with independent publisher KAYA Press, where she edited experimental literature of the Pan-Asian diaspora. Her work with KAYA sent her to events like the LA Times Festival of Books and the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, where she facilitated writing exercises for students of all ages. Camille also writes for television, and her work in both adult and family programming has appeared on ABC and Disney+. Camille brings her multidisciplinary background to her teaching style and encourages students to use the skills they learn in the classroom to analyze any and all media they encounter, from song lyrics to video games. She hopes to inspire students by showing them that story and narrative shape their worlds—and that a mastery of language will open more doors for them than they could imagine.