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Meet the Staff

Director

jc Jen Callaghan, Ph.D.

Peer Tutors

Abby
Abby Burlingame

Undeclared

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.

Ani
Ani Chen

Political Science / Minors in History and German

What inspires you to write? Really good music. Really good books. No, really.  
Which word do you overuse? Since I'm a political theory sub-fielder, my vocabulary is littered with words like "deontological" and "jurisgenerative."
If you could live a day in the life of one author, whose life would it be? I've been fascinated with the writings of Ingeborg Bachmann since my sophomore year, because she compressed so much meaning into so few words. More recently, I've learned this writing style was part of her larger philosophical project: to understand the consequences of the Second World War for poetry in the German language.

Brigitta
Brigitta Schuchert

Religion

Where is your favorite place to write on campus? I like to sit outside when the weather is warm, but since I write most of my papers at night, I usually end up on the first floor of Carpenter in the back corner with the couches and the big windows.
What are your writing essentials? Coffee, and someplace relatively quiet. I find it helpful to handwrite things before typing them, so I have to have a lot of pens and paper as well.
If you could live a day in the life of one author, whose life would it be? Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, when he was working as a journalist in Colombia.

Bryce
Bryce Lewis

Computer Science / Minors in Math and Philosophy

What is your least favorite film adaptation of a book? Eragon. As one of my childhood favorites, the book holds a special place in my heart. I don't think I could even finish the movie.
What is the best advice you have received about writing? Read your work out loud once you've completed a first draft. You'll be surprised by what you find.
What inspires you to write? Deadlines.

Caroline
Caroline Dreyfuss

French and Political Science

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."

Emily
Emily Adams
English / Minors in Spanish and Russian

What is the best advice you have received about writing?
You don't have to write in any particular order. I always write my introduction last, so I can clearly see the direction the paper has taken. Some people start at the end and work backwards. Some people start in the middle. Do a little experimenting and see what works best for you!
How do you procrastinate? I make elaborate to-do lists and/or watch terrible reality television on YouTube.
What are your writing essentials? Blank paper, black tea, colored pens, Songza, and a thesaurus.

HannahW
Hannah Winkler

Undeclared (English / 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!

HannahZ
Hannah Zuckerman
History

What is your least favorite film adaptation of a book? Dune or The Other Boleyn Girl.
What inspires you to write? I get inspired to write sometimes if I hear a certain song that makes me feel creative or I see a scene in my mind that I need to put down on paper. Or, if someone says a certain phrase or a sentence.
Who is your most despised literary villain? Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter or Joffery Baratheon from A Song of Fire and Ice.

Hayley
Hayley Burke
Sociology

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!

 

Hema
Hema Surendranathan

English / Minor in Creative Writing

Where is your favorite place to write on campus? The top floor of the Writing Center.
If you could be any type of food, what would you be? A 70% dark chocolate bar from Ecuador.
What inspires you to write? Deadlines!

Hillary
Hillary Godwin

Philosophy / Minor in Political Science

How do you procrastinate, when you write a paper? I hate to admit it, but Tumblr is my kryptonite. Which word do you overuse? “Literally.” I always want to use it figuratively!
If you could live a day in the life of one author, whose life would it be? Either Douglas Adams or Jorge Luis Borges. I can only imagine what goes on in their brilliantly eccentric minds.

Ilyssa
Ilyssa Yousem

Philosophy

What is the best advice you have received about writing? To begin the writing process with a stream- of-consciousness thought log before sitting down to write the actual paper. This helps me better understand the ideas percolating in my head.
Which word do you overuse? I use “thus” as a transition far too often!
What are your writing essentials? A mug of coffee (with refills readily available), a few super blowpops, and a window within arm's length.

Kathryn
Kathryn Darling

Undeclared

If you could be any type of food, what would you be? A rambutan. You're not quite sure what to make of it when you see it, but once you get to the inside, it's actually rather delicious.
What inspires you to write? A poem that really grabs me, a novel that I couldn't put down, a short story that blew my mind. I'm also inspired by new experiences--meeting interesting people, travelling.
What are your writing essentials? Other than my laptop, a plain notebook and pencil or pen. I have all sorts of beautiful notebooks that I've been given as holiday gifts, but I feel too intimidated to write in them! When I write, I draft, I doodle, I cross things out, I go a little all over the place a little.  Plain notebooks just seem so much friendlier and accepting of mistakes and crazy drafting.

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."

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
Maddie 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."

Michelle
Michelle Dearolf
Biology

Where is your favorite place to write on campus? Anywhere in the sunlight.
What are your writing essentials? A pencil, colorful pens, paper, sticky notes, chocolate, and a comfy place to sit.
If you could live a day in the life of one author, whose life would it be? Rosalind Franklin, whose work on DNA imaging helped lead to the discovery of the DNA double helix structure. It would be fascinating to see the work she was doing and see her as a female scientist half a century ago.

 

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!

Mowie
Mowie Freeman
Religion

If you could live a day in the life of one author, whose life would it be? Mary Oliver. I would love to see the places that she walks to.
How do you procrastinate? I make detailed to-do lists.
What is the best advice you have received about writing? Use section headings when drafting a long paper.

Nicole
Nicole Bowman

Biology / Minor in Neuroscience

What inspires you to write? Deadlines!
Which word do you overuse? "Just." It's just too useful!
What are your writing essentials? Yellow legal pad (for doodling), snacks (preferably something high in carbohydrates), pajama pants.
If you could live a day in the life of one author, whose life would it be? Margaret Atwood. There's nothing I would like more than to understand how she sees the world and finds inspiration to bring her characters to life.

Nina Reed

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.

Sara
Sara Price
English

What is the best advice you have received about writing? Just keep writing; keep going. Sometimes a lot of junk has to come through your hand before you get something good.
Which word do you overuse? "Perhaps." I may be that word's biggest fan, and not in a good way.
How do you procrastinate? One word: YouTube.

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!

Vanessa
Vanessa Gonzalez

Economics and International Studies / Minor in Italian

What is the best advice you have received about writing? Narrow your ideas down to a single one that best represents what you want to say, and then go from there. If you can make your point in one well-structured sentence, it will be much harder to go on a tangent as you write.
How do you procrastinate when you write a paper?
My personal favorites are whining about my workload in the dining hall or watching Modern Family instead of using my time efficiently (not that the jokes I learn from sitcoms don’t come in handy sometimes).
What inspires you to write?
Heartbreaks and deadlines.
If you could live a day in the life of one author, whose life would it be?
Marian Keyes. She is a witty writer from Ireland who has taken the “chick lit” category to a whole new level – one where the obstacles of modern life are overcome by strong women who have talent, perseverance and, perhaps most importantly, a good sense of humor too.

ESL Tutors

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

Betty
Betty Litsinger
, M.A. TESOL