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Each day our trained consultants assist students with their writing needs across the disciplines at East Carolina University.  Get to know them. They are ready to assist you!
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Alex

Writing has proven a passion of mine since a very early age. My time at East Carolina University has only caused my love of writing to flourish. Within my majors, History and Philosophy, I have produced several research papers among other shorter formal writings. There is no greater place to work and develop one’s writing skills than the Humanities and I am grateful for the immense amount of information my discipline has taught me to date. Putting thoughts on a page and allowing the words running through my head to become something more, to become a unique piece of literature, drives me as writer. As a writing consultant, I hope to ignite the passion for writing in other students and allow myself to be of aid to those who wish to fan the creative fire burning within them.

Amanda

I am a first semester MA student with an English Studies concentration. As an undergraduate student here at ECU, I completed an internship with the North Carolina Literary Review. That experience indulged my passion for creative writing, rhetorical analysis, and copy editing. In addition, I have experience in media writing, research proposals, and theses completion. I look forward to engaging with students who wish to improve their writing skills.
Amelia

I am a doctoral student in Biology, and I have a passion for science (especially biology), so the bulk of my writing experience is technical and scientific writing.  This includes lab reports, research articles, literature reviews, research proposals and theses.  I would also be able to help students with their CVs, personal statements (such as for graduate school or other applications), as well as other types of writing. I want to pursue a career in academia, so I’m looking forward to being a writing consultant in order to improve my editing skills and ability to give helpful feedback.

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I am a Criminal Justice and Philosophy Dual-Major. Due to my two majors, I tend to focus on more analytical, argument based writing, and occasionally persuasive essays. 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.

Carolyn

One of my favorite things about writing is discovering and cultivating your own style, and using it to better express yourself. Sometimes I find it easier to do so in writing rather than verbally. My writing skills are the most proficient in my creative writing/story writing, however I am rather adept at academic writing as well. My favorite kind of writing is creative, as it is what I do the most often. My original intention was to use my B.A. in English to help me become an author, and publish some of my work. I'm looking forward to exercising my writing skills to help others, and by extension help others sharpen their own skills and develop their own writing style.
Bri

Hello, I am an undergrad Theatre Arts major! Writing has been one of my passions ever since I was a little girl, and it has always been something I could fall back on when I’m not feeling very confident or comfortable with myself. I mostly love fictional writing—the more creative the better—but I do a lot of narrative works and essays for my classes, as well as some very strict reports that are mandatory for my major. I study in ECU’s theatre department as a stage manager, which keeps me remarkably busy. As a stage manager, I am always trying to expand and improve my social skills and my own ability to work well with others. Above all, I like to stress the importance of communication, positivity, and patience in the work place; I avoid situations that will lead to too much stress or tension in those environments. As such, I cannot wait to get the semester started and help students create pieces of work they can be proud of, but to discover new ways to enjoy writing as well, since it is such an important skill, no matter where you go.

 

CHris

I like literature and other writing that is informative and clear. I like that writing allows people to compose and express their thoughts and feelings as beautifully and clearly as their language will allow. I know how to write, which is a good start. I can write clearly, communicating complex ideas simply and eloquently. I am excited to help people gain a greater authority over their ability to express themselves to others. 

Constance

I am a graduate student in English. My favorite kind of writing is poetry. Poetry allows you to express multiple sentiments in a single work. It also requires you to think. That, actually, is what I love most about writing. When it comes to my writing skills, I can say that I am pretty good with grammar. I look forward to reading some pretty amazing papers and helping out in any way that I can.

 

Darryl

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.

Danny

My favorite type of writing is rhetorical and research writing since I love history and am fascinated by how influential people have used rhetoric to powerfully articulate their views. I like how writing enables me to express my thoughts clearly and concisely on a book or issue I care about. As a consultant, I am skilled at helping students with various citation formats such as APA and Chicago since I learn something new about them every day. I also feel skilled with generating a thesis and organizing information to make thoughts flow logically. Every day I look forward to making other ECU students feel confident and comfortable approaching writing. I enjoy learning with the students I work with too, since even I do not know everything, and I hope students realize they are always learning. 

Drew
Even though I favor mathematics and science, I have always loved creative writing. In my first writing and composition class, my professor encouraged me to keep writing and always focused on the positives in my work and how to improve. I use these principles whenever I help someone with their work, because I believe if someone is able to recognize their own growth and improvement, they will continuously strive to be better. Writing is a way to build upon thoughts and ideas, not just express them. It is very fulfilling to help enable an individual to develop their own ideas through writing, and that is my goal with everyone I assist.
Darryl

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.

Emma

I am a graduate student in English, and I’m from N. Ireland. I have a BA in English (minor in sports studies), love to read and write, and my interest is African-American experience.

 

Drew

Even though I favor mathematics and science, I have always loved creative writing. In my first writing and composition class, my professor encouraged me to keep writing and always focused on the positives in my work and how to improve. I use these principles whenever I help someone with their work, because I believe if someone is able to recognize their own growth and improvement, they will continuously strive to be better. Writing is a way to build upon thoughts and ideas, not just express them. It is very fulfilling to help enable an individual to develop their own ideas through writing, and that is my goal with everyone I assist.

Jeremy

For me, writing gives the opportunity to express thoughts in a clearly organized and well thought out manner. It allows for a thought to be revised and planned prior to it being revealed. This aspect of writing is very powerful as it is something that verbal conversation lacks. I enjoy writing various forms of informational writing because of the planning involved to convey the desired message. As a writer, I am a huge believer in the importance of planning and organization. A few minutes of planning can prevent hours of troubles later in the writing piece. I am eager to work with those in the writing center because the writing consultant position offers a unique chance to exchange skills and learn all while bettering each other. 

 

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I am an undergrad communications and political science double major and the third in my family to become an East Carolina Pirate. I am an avid reader of more books I could count, thankfully my Nook does that for me, and my dad doesn’t know the number. I do not have a favorite type of writing, though I rarely understand anything medical so that would be my least favorite. My favorite part of writing is the power that each word holds, the magic the words on the page can create when someone who believes in that magic writes them. As a writer my greatest skills are grammar and word choice. As a consultant, I am most looking forward to watching students discover the magic that writing possesses, and helping new writers become excited about what they have written.
Josh
I am a graduate student in English, and I am excited to work with all writers as a writing consultant. Writing is a part of all that we do and I am eager to work collaboratively with the writers that visit our space. I most enjoy working with rhetorical analyses and reflective writing. However, I am excited to work with writers across all disciplines. Writing is a journey and one that can be messy at times. From trying to brainstorm ideas for an assignment to helping with final edits, I am happy to help writers with every stage of the writing process!
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My favorite kind of writing is reflective, which is what is required in philosophical papers. I also am interested in APA style since I am a psychology major. In writing, I enjoy the opportunity to express my thoughts and information gathered through research. Along with the ability to write, I have experience in argument analysis. As a consultant, I hope to not only help other students by giving them the tools to become a better writer, I would like to become a better writer myself. 
Kendall

Hi, I’m Kendall! I am currently a graduate student in ECU’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program and have experience writing and editing papers for both the sciences and the humanities. As an editor, my strengths lie in topic-maintenance, organization, and grammar. My favorite type of academic writing is research papers because of the opportunity to learn about a topic in-depth. My favorite types of non-academic writing are YA novels and poetry, which I enjoy reading and writing in my free time. As a consultant at the UWC, I look forward to helping students communicate their ideas in a clear, efficient, and impactful way and contributing to positive writing experiences!

 

Kristen

I am an undergraduate consultant majoring in Child Life with a focus on helping children and families cope through medical experiences and normalizing hospital settings.I love writing and helping others write because it is a multidimensional form of communication. It is a means of providing technical information, an avenue of expressing feelings, a way of conveying thoughts, and so much more. I successfully help writers get their “creative juices flowing.” Whether the task is brainstorming a topic, creating a thesis sentence, effectively phrasing an idea, or writing a conclusion, writers need intrinsic motivation and a broad range of ideas. I also coach writers through analyzing and expressing their thoughts so that their intentions can be clearly written with higher-level language. I work with writers so that we as a team can generate and/or improve the writer’s piece of work. By working together, we learn skills and gain knowledge from each other that may go beyond one particular assignment.

 

 

Laura

I am an undergrad majoring in nursing. 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.

Lena
My favorite kind of writing is literary analysis, research essays, and creative writing. I love to write because it is a permanent form of expressing thoughts and ideas about what I have learned in my reading and research. The ideas from brainstorming and research become real when I write; and that solidification is rewarding! My writing skills include brainstorming ideas for research, developing a strong thesis and general organization/formatting. As the first DE writing consultant at the UWC, I am elated to be a part of this growing team! I look forward to working with other students with hope to share in the rewarding experience of writing. I also want to continue sharpening my writing skills as I try to learn something new every day! Go Pirates! 
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I am an undergrad majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. My favorite kind of writing is prewriting my ideas and brainstorming. I like the early stages of the writing process because I do not have to formally write a paper yet. I am a very organized person, and I am the same when writing papers. Organizing my ideas on paper is fun to me. It’s the stage in the writing process where my voice is slowly being developed in my papers. As a consultant, I want to help students make sure they are voicing themselves in their papers – that’s what I’m most excited about in the UWC!
Monica

I am a graduate student in Education (Elementary). While my favorite kind of writing is most notably fiction, I find that I am very proficient in writing academic research papers. I love being able to research and find information from a variety of sources as well as organizing that information in an effective manner to convey the true purpose of the paper. I love writing because it allows individuals to express their ideas, passions, and interests to the world no matter their level of expertise or background. It was Virginia Woolf who said, "Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works." To me, writing is a reflection of one's true self. My strengths in writing include: APA formatting, academic research, and general organization and structure of papers. I look forward to working with a diverse population of writers, and I hope that we will learn and grow together during our time at the University Writing Center.