Andre Harding was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, where he has lived most of his life.
He graduated from the High School of Economics and Finance in Lower Manhattan and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Queens College.
Andre had an interest in ancient and medieval history, but did not want to become a professional historian.
Instead, he got a real estate license and tried his hand renting apartments in Manhattan, but it did not suit him. He then turned his favorite hobby into a career.
Andre was taught chess at 8 years old by his dad. He began competing in tournaments in middle school. A few years later, he was ranked in the Top 100 players for his age in the United States.
During his college years, Andre directed chess tournaments to earn extra money. He became Assistant Manager of the world-famous Marshall Chess Club, which led to more exposure and chess teaching opportunities.
Over the next 16 years, Andre taught chess to thousands of students in dozens of public, private, and charter schools. He also coached students in numerous local and national events.
From 2010 through 2017 he was Chess Director of Harlem Children’s Zone, before teaching chess full-time at a charter school in the Bronx for two years.
Chess will always be a part of Andre’s life, but he lost the fire for full-time teaching.
It was finally time to make a change years in the making.
In 2011, Andre discovered the American Writers and Artists Institute by accident, and a new world opened to him. Joining AWAI’s Circle of Success gave him access to even more specialized training.
In addition to learning the basics of persuasive copywriting — how to write sales letters and other direct response copy — he added to his skills over the years: web copy, emails, SEO, social media, B2B copywriting, and a lot more.
He has benefitted from training by top professionals like Bob Bly, Joshua Boswell, Gordon Graham, Dan Kennedy, Steve Slaunwhite, and Jay White, among others.
Only in 2019 did Andre become a full-time copywriter ... but he’s not a newbie at all.
When not writing, Andre enjoys cooking, travel, foreign languages, watching sports, and learning new things.
His favorite cuisines are Italian and French, but even a simple meal at one of his favorite chain restaurants brings him happiness.
So far Andre has visited the Bahamas, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, and Russia. He hopes to travel to other countries and explore more of the United States. The more he can do by train, the better — a bucket list item is the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Andre is a fan of the New York Giants, Rangers, Mets, and Knicks. He also enjoys watching tennis and goes to the U.S. Open almost every summer.