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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 M

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.

Alexis 

I am pursuing a Middle Grades Education degree with concentrations in Math and English. I love creative writing. I like writing because it's an outlet for me. I consider myself proficient in sentence structure and grammar.I am looking forward to getting to know new people in the writing center and helping students make the most out of their classes this semester!

Amanda

I am an 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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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.

 

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Brenna

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 

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. 

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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.

 

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.
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Graduate Assistant Director

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!


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. 

Courtney

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.

 

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.

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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!

 

Gabrielle

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. 

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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! 

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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!

 

Jamal-Jared

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.”

Jayde

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.

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. 

Jessica
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.


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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.

 


Kelsey

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.  


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.

Matesha

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.  

Melissa
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!

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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.

 

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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 :)

 

Monica

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.

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Renee

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.

Sarika
Hello, I am an undergraduate student majoring in Architectural Design. My favorite type of writing is rhetorical analyses. I enjoy this writing style because it allows the writer to convey their thoughts on the work that they read. I love writing due to the fact it is such a free form of expression that allows people to express themselves in anyway they’d like. Personally, I love to plan so the initial planning and organizing of the material appeals to me. Before sitting down to write, all the “creative juices” are unorganized so planning out an essay gives a good sense of structure. I look forward to helping students strengthen their writing skills as well as my own. Writing not only helps get good grades in the moment but also in the long run with future employers. I look forward to working with every student I get the opportunity to. 

Seaver 

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. 

Soph 

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.

 

 

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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.

Tae

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.  

Tai

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.

Wesley

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.

Will 

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.

 

Will

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!

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