My name is Anna. I'm a graduate student in the Maritime Studies program. I earned my BA in English and Women's Studies from Appalachian State. My favorite type of writing is probably narrative. I love how writing can be used to express thoughts and explore curiosities. The ability to write clearly and persuasively is one of the most important skills a person could possess. I look forward to helping my fellow students develop and improve their writing skills.
I am a Philosophy/Criminal Justice Dual Major, which has allowed me to focus on persuasive essays and other argumentative styles of writing. I enjoy reading all types of writing including fictional/creative works, or things as serious as research based papers. I enjoy writing because it is an opportunity to express your opinion and have the opportunity to give everyone a new perspective on an old subject (as with Philosophy). I am most looking forward to working with the Writing Center because it is an opportunity to experience new writing styles and personalities, and help others become better writers.
I'm a PhD student in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication, and I've been a writing consultant for over four years. Writing center studies are my primary research interest, so I'm very excited about the work I do, which is helping you at any stage of the process!
I am a graduate student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, with an undergraduate background in biochemistry and chemistry. Through the educational and research-related experiences I have had while attending ECU, I have become familiar and skilled in both social and biomedical research and consequently am experienced in the types and styles of writing used in both fields. Academic writing in research is my favorite kind of writing because it allows one to share new insights and information arising from various types of studies, thus adding to the general body of knowledge. I also favor academic writing due to its practical nature and utility. Academic writing provides information regarding new discoveries or phenomena, which further spurs creation and innovation in solving various problems existent in our society. My strengths in writing consist of APA, AMA, and ACS formatting, general organization and structure, academic research styles and formatting, and planning/mapping ideas for writing. As a UWC writing consultant, I look forward to interacting with fellow Pirates and assisting them in their writing processes. I hope to help students expand their abilities and skills in writing that will carry over into their professional endeavors, while also learning and expanding my own skills in the process.
Cameron is a first year graduate student at East Carolina University who is currently pursuing his master's in English. While Cameron's primary focus is creative writing, his love of literature and rhetoric is something that he takes with him on any endeavor. Cameron has written short stories, poetry, and screenplays, and in 2014, one of Cameron's short film screenplays was selected as a finalist for the American Movie Awards short script competition. Most recently, Cameron was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Bill Hallberg award in Creative Writing.
I am a Psychology and Neuroscience double major in my Junior year here at ECU. I enjoy academic writing in APA, APSA, MLA, and Chicago formats. I am a grammar expert and really enjoy helping other writers improve their grammar and syntax! I look forward to helping other writers achieve their full potential as a Writing Consultant.
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I am a PhD student in Rhetoric, Writing and Professional Communication and a 10+ year veteran in teaching and tutoring college writing. I love to read all kinds of writing because reading is an awesome way to learn new things; but I especially enjoy reading academic arguments in the humanities and social sciences. I believe that anyone who has something valuable to say is a writer (i.e. everyone) and I genuinely want to support other writers in finding the strategies and tools that help them to become confident writers. The University Writing Center is always full of smart, fun people, so I'm excited to be in the mix!
I am a biology and chemistry double major on the pre-health track. I excel at writing not only research papers and lab reports, but fictional stories and poems as well. My best writing skills involve writing theses, planning and organizing topics to create a good flow for the paper and how to write in a thorough yet concise manner. What I enjoy the most about writing is the ability to communicate my thoughts to the world. As a writing consultant, I hope to help my fellow pirates of any discipline develop and strengthen their personal writing voice.
I am a graduate student in English, and I have a knack for writing in general. No matter the topic, I am able to engage in an in-depth collaborative conversation in which we both can gain from. More importantly, my favorite thing about writing is that there is no right or WRONG answer. Each individual is about to relay ideas to the audience of their choice in a way that they feel most comfortable. As a writer I am able to configure general ideas in various creative and distinct ways. I look forward to working with all of my fellow pirates; as we are able to learn from one another.
I am an undergraduate student majoring in History and Foreign Languages & Literatures (with a concentration in German). I have written many essays in English and German, with topics ranging from book reviews to 20 page research papers. I also have a background of working with students who speak English as a foreign language. I love translating research into a comprehensive narrative and integrating sources in creative ways. One of my favorite moments is when the (sometimes chaotic) research notes I have created integrate themselves into my narrative in a fluid and convincing manner. I hope to help students find their own rhythm and routine regarding research and writing; not everyone works well with a lot of structure, while some need structure to stay on track! I am looking forward to getting to know the individual writing styles of my fellow students and helping them form their ideas into cohesive papers!
I am a graduate student in English and my background is in writing and literature. I appreciate writing because it grants us with the power to express ourselves and effectively communicate with our audience. My experience lies in academic writing, literary analyses, rhetorical analyses, critical theory, and professional writing. Additionally, I enjoy storytelling and cultural rhetorics. As a consultant, I intend to share what I know about writing and learn as much as I can from fellow students in return.
I am a sophomore EC Scholar studying English Secondary Education. As a future English teacher who believes in the power and necessity of effective writing, I love working with others through the writing process. My interests include literary criticism, rhetorical analysis, and using logic to craft arguments. My favorite thing about writing is that everyone has the power to write something that has never been written before. Through our writing we can bring order and clarity to complex thoughts and emotions! I personally enjoy writing anecdotes and developing arguments for analysis. My biggest goal is to help writers develop sentence variety and other stylistic elements that take writing to the next level. What I am most excited about is developing relationships with clients and sharing my love for writing with my fellow pirates!
Like others at the University Writing Center, I love to write. I have always loved to write fiction but I really enjoy any type of writing. As long as I get to type up some sort of story, I'm happy because writing is the only way I am able to creatively express myself. I have always paid close attention to word choice in writing and speech and the different responses certain words can elicit in an audience. This is helpful for my major, communication, because I hope to go in to public relations work. As a consultant I hope to help others feel confident about their writing and to enjoy the creative process involved in it.
Hi! I'm Hope and I'm majoring in Forensic Science. I am really familiar with scientific papers, research papers and lab reports. My favorite kind of writing is creative writing. I don't get to do it often because the writing in my field is based around fact and data. I have my "Writer's Toolkit" which was something I never knew existed until a professor (R. Nancy) introduced it to me. My toolkit is something that I implement on every paper I write. I look forward to working with my fellow Pirates in the UWC and sharing this idea of a toolkit. I know the alleviation I got after my own sessions with consultants at UWC for papers I stressed over and would love to pass that feeling and sense of relief to others! I hope to help them develop ideas and concepts to really blossom within their writing, while helping me become a better writer too!
I have previous work experience with medical communications in regards to provider relations—specifically with Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act—and I assisted with creating/editing policies and procedures and training materials while employed at Centene Corporations. If I had to select a preferred writing style, it would be health and medical communications, along with cross-cultural communications. A lot of people do not realize the importance of understanding medical benefits and the “fine print” that’s located at the bottom of contractual agreements they sign, and it is a joy to help people—professional and lay people—understand the bylaws of certain contracts. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Technical & Professional Communications to not only sharpen my skills, but to learn more about cross-cultural communications in regards to international corporations/organizations. By being a writing consultant, I have the opportunity to not only improve my editing skills, but to help—and teach—other students how to write with authority while working with people from different cultural backgrounds. As I like to say, “the pen is [indeed] mightier than the sword.”
I have a BA in English Composition from the University of North Texas, and am currently pursuing my MA in English here at ECU. I see myself first and foremost as a writer: not a reader, a researcher, a grad student, or a scholar, but simply a writer. It is one of the few skills I take real pride in, and I believe I could be of great service sharing my knowledge and skills with others: especially in the realm of creative writing. This is why my ultimate goal in my professional life is to teach composition and/or creative writing at a college level. As such, I see my position here in the writing center as a small step in that direction, and as practice for my future career.
I am currently a sophomore and I am majoring in English Education. I enjoy many different genres of literature, but I enjoy creative writing the best. I love to write fiction in various forms, whether it is a short story, essay or just a few random sentences on scrap paper. What I enjoy most about writing is the sense of independence it gives me. I feel like I can go in any direction I want when writing a piece, and the thought that I can take a single idea and write it a hundred different ways is amazing. While I have no prior professional writing experience, I often collaborate with friends and give feedback on their papers, as well as ask for feedback on my own writings. I am very familiar with MLA format. My best skills with writing is I can be very creative. I can take a topic and come up with multiple ways to express that topic throughout my paper. This is a great skill because it allows the writer to have options. As a consultant, I could help writers by giving them much encouragement to build their confidence in their own writing. This is an essential skill to be a successful writer because you must have confidence in your own work if you want to persuade your readers to agree with your thesis or for them to understand your reason for writing the paper in the first place. I also hope to help writers create a concise, well-developed essay, with smooth transitions from each preceding paragraph that speaks clearly and efficiently to their audience. I could not be more excited to begin my job in the UWC and what I look forward to the most is working with my fellow pirates and helping them learn and grow as a writer, and in return I hope to learn things about myself and my writings so I can continue to grow as well. As an English Education major and future educator, this job opportunity will be a remarkable experience for me, and will assist me in becoming the best writer and teacher I could hope to be.
I have always been fascinated by the folklore and cultures of the world. Despite our many differences, I see art, especially writing and story-telling, as a way to bring people together. The common ground we find in story-telling and the themes that span the centuries are what really define human nature in my opinion. My best writing skills are for literary analysis because I love the many deeper meanings that can be drawn from a single work from different people. Creative writing and argumentative writing, which use rather varied writing skills like literary devices and rhetorical devices, are also my forte. I am looking forward to sharing my love of writing and helping other students see how enjoyable writing can be.
I’m a nursing major with a strong interest in writing and helping students to convey their ideas. Writing often does not get the credit it deserves because of the experiences many students have with it over their academic career. However, it is writing that gives students a voice amongst a crowd. Each assignment should be unique to the mind of the author because the entire purpose is to effectively convey their ideas to their audience. I personally prefer a rhetorical analysis because of the creativity it allows but have experience in a broad range of writing, and new assignments are interesting to me. I look forward to experiencing the ideas that students have and helping them to improve on sharing their ideas with others. Once I’m able to work through this feat with my fellow Pirates and get near the end of the writing process, I also have an interest in the mechanics of writing so that words that sound right to an author can also be understood by any audience.
Hi, I am a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching-English Education. My favorite type of writing is research writing. I have been research writing for a long time, so I am most comfortable with it. I enjoy working with people on grammar, MLA formatting, and paper organization. I am patient, and I understand the frustration of writing. I am approachable and always here to help.
My name is Melissa Glen. I am a sophomore Communication and Political Science major at ECU. I have been involved with writing ever since I joined my high school newspaper. I was the editor in chief my senior year, and now I work for the ECU newspaper in the news section. I like writing, because it is a way of expressing valuable ideas, emotions and memories. It is a way of keeping something forever that could otherwise be lost. I am skilled at developing free flowing transitions in papers. I am also good at writing introductions which get the thesis statement across to the readers. I have had experience with science research papers, english papers, history papers, personal statements and creative writing papers. I am looking forward to being able to help people discover their own talents with writing. I want people to see writing is something everyone can be good at with time.
My name is Mollie and I am a Senior double majoring in History and Hispanic Studies! I particularly enjoy research-based writing that requires investigation into primary and secondary sources. Writing allows me to organize my thoughts clearly and make connections more easily. I am very familiar with all types of citations and bibliography requirements. I excel in regards to grammar in English and Spanish. I look forward to helping others advance their writing skills and hope they leave feeling more confident in their capabilities :)
I'm a graduate student with experience in writing education, nursing, synthesis, and English papers. My favorite part of the writing process is definitely brainstorming, but I also love helping writers research interesting articles for their papers, organize their content, and better understand the assignment. While APA formatting is my favorite, I can confidently locate resources for any formatting style.
My background is in scholarly writing, particularly for research. I also have a strong interest in consumer-based blog writing. I enjoy writing because it gives you a chance to stand out. Whether it is for ourselves or for others, for fictional or scientific writing, every piece written involves putting a piece of yourself in it. I enjoy all types of writing, with my personal favorite style being persuasive essays. I’m looking forward to connecting with people who desire to improve their writing capability and discover their own style and expertise as we work together in the writing center.
I am a graduate student majoring in English, specifically Multicultural and Transnational Literatures. My B.A. is in English Literature with a minor in Professional Writing. I enjoy all types of writing, from rhetorical analysis to journalism – and everything in between! I like to focus on brainstorming, thesis statements/development, and essay organization. I am most familiar with MLA format. I look forward to working with writers of all disciplines as a writing consultant. Just as each writer is unique, so is every piece of writing.
My name is Seaver, and I love how creative you can be in writing. Writing is an activity where you can just let your mind run free and let the words flow. I have quite a bit of experience writing in Philosophy. I look forward to helping people in the writing center to make their papers better. I like creative writing and learning new writing techniques from other people. I enjoy writing thoroughly, and thinking through how to format papers correctly.
Sophronia wrote her first fiction story at age seven and has never stopped writing since. She is an English graduate student at ECU. She received her B.A. and TESOL certificate in English at ECU in 2015 and was honored as the Most Outstanding Undergraduate. Currently, she is interning at ECU News Services. Her ecofeminist analysis of Gulliver’s Travels won the 2015 Paul Farr Memorial Essay Scholarship. She has completed a book of poetry and her memoir is currently pending publication. She is most looking forward to meeting her fellow Pirates and hopes to inspire them to keep putting pen to paper.
I’m a Communication major, a creative writer and a journalist. As a sophomore, I interned at ECU News Services, writing Pirate Profiles and features for ECU’s website. I also founded the Creative Writing Club at ECU. I believe writing gives us a voice. It makes sense of our scattered thoughts and says what we, at times, cannot. E. L. Doctorow put it best when he said, “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” I think in lyrics and poems, but I have experience expressing thoughts and opinions through nonfiction as well. Literary analysis, argumentative essays and journalistic articles are among my favorites. My goal is to help others form words out of the wild ideas and unspoken thoughts that just can’t seem to reach the paper. I can’t wait to help others hone their skills and find their voice.
I am Altavia Lowery. My favorite kind of writing is persuasive writing. It is pretty amazing knowing that you can influence others on various topics and opinions just by writing. I enjoy writing because there are so many different aspects to it that are always changing. You can write about a good or bad time, someone you admire, or make something up from your imagination. As a previous reporter for The East Carolinian and public relations intern for the N.C. Department of Transportation, I am experienced with writing techniques on different levels. As a UWC consultant, I hope to create a lasting and positive impact with those that I meet with their writing.
My favorite kind of writing is poetry. I love that poetry is all about personal interpretation of the piece and I love that everyone could have their own original stance on the same poem. What I love about writing is that it is so personal to every person. I also think writing can be a good outlet for personal opinions. I think my strength when it comes to writing is being able to articulate my viewpoint in a manner that makes people more aware of certain issues. As a consultant, I look forward to helping others discover their niche when writing.
My favorite kind of writing is expository or discussion types of papers, because it forces the writer to entertain more than one viewpoint, without holding any sort of bias. What I like about writing is that it allows you to compartmentalize all of your thoughts and research on paper, enabling for a more constructive model of thinking. My writing skills range from formal essays to free-flowing fiction, but I'm mostly interested in anything that requires deep, critical thinking, such as subjects like philosophy. I'm looking forward to sharing the writing tips and techniques that I've learned over the years with anyone seeking consultation.
As a University Writing Center Consultant, I look forward to helping students become passionate writers. As a History major and English minor, I have a wide variety of writing skills to bring to the University Writing Center. My major involves the use of extensive research to back historical claims, while my minor involves the ability to analyze great works while posing new ideas. Writing, to me, is a way to express one’s ideas clearly for others to study. It is a brilliant art form that helps people learn from each other, as a writer is constantly gaining new influence from their peers. What I most look forward to as a writing consultant is to teach the beauty of writing to students who need guidance. Through the experience of helping others become better writers, I aim to also improve my own writing abilities by being exposed to new techniques from other students.
I am a graduate student in English and I love writing. Creative writing is my favorite as it allows the writer to express themselves and share a connection with the reader. I’ve been a part of two editorial staffs, which has improved my own writing and helped me appreciate all aspects of writing. I look forward to helping people become better writers!