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Canaday Library, First Floor
thewritingcenter@brynmawr.edu

Meet the Staff

Director

jc Jen Callaghan, Ph.D.

Peer Tutors

Abby
Abby Burlingame

Geology, with minors in English and Theater

If you could be any type of food, what would you be? A pineapple.
What inspires you to write? If I have a concept or opinion that I don't quite comprehend, I immediately turn to writing to dissect, question, and reconfigure it in way that makes more sense.
Which word do you overuse? "Individual" seems to find its way into most everything I write.

Amy Xu
Undecided
*Designated French Tutor

Anna Bezruki
Biology

Caroline
Caroline Dreyfuss

French and Political Science
*Designated French tutor

Where is your favorite place to write on campus? On the main floor of Canaday Library, in one of the comfortable armchairs in the back near the periodicals (Quita's Corner).
How do you procrastinate, when you write a paper? If I'm using newspaper sources for a paper, I usually find myself deep in the NYTimes online archives. Otherwise, Youtube is my main form of procrastination.
Which word do you overuse? "However."

Caroline Zhang
English and German

Claudia Keep
Fine Arts and French

Emma Tunstall
Biology

HannahW
Hannah Winkler

Gender and Sexuality Studies

What is the best piece of advice you have received about writing? Someone once told me that writing isn't a talent that you have or don't have, it's a skill that you continually practice. That really changed my outlook and made me realize that I wasn't destined to be any "kind" or "level" of writer. I could practice and improve.
How do you procrastinate when you write a paper? The real answer is that I procrastinate any way I can! But often I have sudden bursts of creative inspiration that never seem to happen at any other time and I find myself crafting, drawing, or painting instead of working on that paper.
Which word do you overuse? I overuse "interesting" in both speaking and writing. I always have to remind myself to be more specific about what it is that I find interesting--it's a constant battle!

Hayley
Hayley Burke
Sociology / Social Work

What is the best advice you have received about writing? Your mind is like a vending machine -- just get everything on paper. Eventually, the bad stuff will fall away and the good stuff will be revealed.
If you could be any type of food, what would you be? A chocolate covered strawberry or a cup of tea with milk.
What are your writing essentials? iTunes and iced tea!

Kaity
Kaity Nordhoff
Anthropology

What is your least favorite film adaptation of a book?
Breakfast of Champions, far too sugar-hyped!
What is the best advice you have received about writing? Interrogate your claims like a 5-year-old would: keep asking yourself "why? why? why?"
How do you procrastinate, when you write a paper? By reading scholarly articles about Buffy on JSTOR on a "related research tangent."

Karishma Mansukhani
Philosophy, with a minor in Music

Katelyn
Katelyn Sheehan

English / Minors in Education and Philosophy

Where is your favorite place to write on campus? The desk in my room. Nothing beats a place of your own.
How do you procrastinate when you write a paper? Netflix, Netflix, and Netflix, with a few trips to UnCommon thrown in there.
What are your writing essentials? I definitely need pen and paper to write. I like to think "out loud" by writing down my ideas first.


Katia
Katia Vlasova
Biology / Pre-Med / Minor in Russian

Which word do you overuse? "Essentially." Sometimes I catch myself wanting to write that something is "essentially essential." Thankfully, that hasn't slipped by me yet.
If you could live one day in the life of an author, whose life would it be? Mikhail Bulgakov. Not only do I admire his writing and believe him to be one of the most influential Russian writers, but I also respect him for being both a writer and a doctor.

Leah
Leah Kahler
Independent Major: Race and Ethnic Studies

What are your writing essentials? Earphones, copious amounts of space, and the peace of mind that food is readily available.
If you could live a day in the life of one author, whose life would it be? Gloria Anzaldua.
Where is your favorite place to write on campus? Any of the Geology labs, buried beneath rocks whose names and properties I don’t know.

MaddieB
Maddie Brady

Theater / English with Creative Writing concentration

What is the best advice you have received about writing?Just start writing. Get words down on paper and don't worry about writing a masterpiece right away.
How do you procrastinate?By finding new music and going for long runs (at least it's healthy, right?).
If you could be any type of food, what would you be? A Chicago Rainbow Cone: a little bit of everything.

Maddie
Madison Rosen

Biology / Pre-Med

What is the best advice you have received about writing? On writer's block: It's perfectly ok and many times necessary and productive to step away from your writing for a while. It's important to be able to look at your writing with a new, fresh perspective.
How do you procrastinate? Either by watching reality tv or reading a book for pleasure.
What are you writing essentials? A colorful pen and a piece of paper. Though it may seem old-fashioned, I always begin writing on paper. For me, there's just something magical and exciting about scribbling down your ideas rather than typing them.

Marisa
Marisa Arellano

Independent Major: Film

How do you procrastinate, when you write a paper? I write things for myself. I'll work on plays or poems. Inspiration for personal pieces tends to strike me when I'm concentrating on something else entirely.
Who is your most despised literary villain? Mama Elena from Like Water for Chocolate.
If you could live a day in the life of one author, whose life would it be? Haruki Murakami.


Mary
Mary Biggs
Spanish

What is the best advice you have received about writing?Write to express, not to impress.
Where is your favorite place to write on campus? Leaning against a tree on Senior Row (in the winter,  my favorite place is the Rhoads Quiet Study Room).
Which word do you overuse?I definitely overuse the word "definitely."

Meredith Carlson
Anthropology

Mikayla
Mikayla Holland

Comparative Literature and Russian

What is the best advice you have received about writing? When you're stuck, the best thing you can do is just sit down and get something on the page. Sometimes you have to let it be terrible and fix it later.
Where is your favorite place to write on campus? I like to lock myself up in Carpenter for a few hours. I'm always more productive if I leave my room.
Which word do you overuse? "Demonstrates."
If you could live a day in the life of one author, whose life would it be? Neil Gaiman. I'd love to be inside his head for a day, and I'd be married to Amanda Palmer as a bonus!

Nora
Nora Scheland

English

What is the best advice you have received about writing?"Slap it down and tart it up" (from Prof. Kate Thomas).
If you could be any type of food, what would you be? Cobbler.
What inspires you to write? The excitement of being able to create coherent sense of my thoughts and
responses to a text or collection of texts.

Sarah Andrew
Classics

Sophie Byvik
English

Stephanie
Stephanie Bredbenner

History

What is your least favorite film adaptation of a book? Every existing adaptation of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  Definitely one of the most misunderstood novels I've come across - it's always portrayed as a nostalgic coming of age story when it's actually something of a tragedy.  
Which word do you overuse? I am guilty of overusing "although" and "despite the fact" as transitions.
If you could live a day in the life of one author, whose life would it be? I'd like to be Aphra Behn. She was the first professional English writer, pioneered the novel as a literary form, knew major literary and historical figures during the Restoration era, and she was also a spy!

Tae Keller
English

Zahabya Mama
Political Science and Russian, with a minor in English

ESL Tutors

Amy
Amy Chapman, M.S. Ed. in TESOL

Betty
Betty Litsinger
, M.A. TESOL