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Writing Center Fellows

Landon Smith

Drop-In Hours: Mondays 12:30 pm–3:30 pm, Tuesdays 11:00 am–1:00 pm and 2:30 pm–4:30 pm in the CAE

Program and year: MA Literature, 1st year

Undergraduate major: English

Tutoring Specialties: Helping students find grammar hang ups in their writing but also finding their individual writing strengths and developing those. Good writing is a myth that needs to be dispelled so helping students figure out how to be effective writers, in their own way, is what I love doing.

Writing Interests: English (research or creative) and cultural studies are what I'm best at. But writing is all about finding the right aim—no matter what subject.

Contact: lansmith@mills.edu

Allison Glendinning

Drop-In Hours: Wednesdays 2:00 pm–5:30 pm in Library, Thursdays 2:00 pm–5:30 pm in CAE

Program and year: MFA in Creative Writing, 2nd year

Undergraduate major: International Affairs

Tutoring Specialties: brainstorming, organizing and outlining, creative writing, writing-related pep talks, cover letters and resumes

Writing Interests: fiction, creative nonfiction, satire

Contact: aglendinning@mills.edu

Christian Olmos

Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays 9:00–11:00 am and 1:00–2:00 pm in Cowell, Thursdays 9:00–11:00 am and 1:00–3:00 pm in Cowell

Program and Year: MA in English Literature, 2nd year

Undergraduate major: Double major in English and American Studies

Tutoring Specialties: I enjoy working with papers on the structural level. I help students articulate their topic or thesis and then structure their paper around the evidence, primary and or secondary sources, that will support or defend their assertion. Every student has a unique rhetorical strategy they use for arguing, or rather for persuading. It is my goal to maximize the effectiveness of these unique strategies.

Writing Interests: I particular enjoy working with research papers where primary and secondary sources are used in defense of a thesis. Research papers vary across different academic disciplines and my familiarity with MLA and Chicago, and to a lesser extent APA formatting styles, allows me to work with these different papers.

Contact: colmos@mills.edu

Jaade Wills

Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays 10:00 am–1:00 pm and 5:30–7:30 pm, Thursdays 3:00–6:00 pm in the CAE

Program and year: MFA in Creative Nonfiction: 1st year

Undergraduate major: Cross Cultural Relations/Humanities

Tutoring Specialties: I am a wiz at brainstorming and organizing ideas. I have a particular passion for sentence structure and creating a compelling persuasive essay.

Writing Interests: humanities, personal narratives, creative writing, biological sciences, psychology

Contact: jwills@mills.edu

Monique Iles

Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays 9:00–11:00 am, Wednesdays 11:00 am–2:00 pm, and Fridays 11:00 am–12:00 pm in the CAE

Program and year: MA in English Literature, 2nd year

Undergraduate major: English

Tutoring Specialties: brainstorming, study skills/time management, style

Writing Interests: english, rhetorical analysis essays, argument essays, personal essays

Contact: miles@mills.edu

Kelsey Brakefield

Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays 12:30 pm–3:30 pm and Thursdays 12:30 pm–4:30 pm in the Library

Program and year: MA in Literature, First Year

Undergraduate major: English Education

Tutoring Specialties: brainstorming, thesis development, organization, research, literary and visual analysis, sources/citation, resumes, cover letters

Writing Interests: english literature, journalism, reports, theses, presentations

Contact: kbrakefield@mills.edu

Claire Calderón

Drop-In Hours: Mondays 1:00–2:00 pm and 3:00–4:00 pm in the Library, Tuesdays 1:00–2:00 pm in Cowell, Wednesdays 10:00 am–12:00 pm and 1:00–2:00 pm in the Library

Program and year: MFA in Creative Writing, 2nd Year

Undergraduate major: Gender/Feminist Studies and Latin American Studies

Tutoring Specialties: brainstorming and outlining, understanding and responding to prompts, clarifying an argument

Writing Interests: personal essays, job applications/personal statements, gender/feminist studies critical analysis, spanish literature or other spanish writing assignments

Contact: ccalderon@mills.edu

Lauren Pixler

Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays 10:00 am–1:00 pm and Wednesdays 11:00 am–3:00 pm in Cowell

Program and year: MA in Literature, 2nd yea

Undergraduate major: English Literature, Education minor

Tutoring Specialties: Last semester I worked as a TA for The Fundamentals of Grammar, and am well versed in proper grammar. I am great with polishing papers in addition to brainstorming.

Writing Interests: english, sociology, environmental studies, sometimes philosophy as well

Contact: lpixler@gmail.com

Charis Woodward

Drop-In Hours: Mondays 2:00–5:00 pm in the Library, Wednesdays 1:00–3:00 pm in the CAE, and Thursdays 2:00–4:00 pm in the Library

Program and year: MA in English Literature, 1st year

Undergraduate major: English

Tutoring Specialties: grammar, essay organization, topic development/brainstorming, thesis statement building, research questions, MLA citations, and general study skills

Writing Interests: literary analysis, argumentative and analytical essays, and creative writing.

Contact: cwoodward@mills.edu

Writing Center Tutors

 

Eileen Sochia 

Drop-In Hours: Mondays 4:00–5:30 pm and Wednesdays 4:00–5:30 pm in the CAE

Year: Third Year

Major: Economics and English Literature

Tutoring Specialties: brainstorming/layout of paper

Writing Subject Specialties: literature research papers, analytical lit papers, technical research papers (for public policy or economics like courses)

Lia Vardy

Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays 1:15 to 2:15pm, Thursdays 1:15 pm–2:15 pm and 4:15–5:15 pm in the CAE

Year: Junior

Major: English

Tutoring Specialties: literary analysis, prewriting, thesis development, editing assistance, multilingual students, sass students

Writing Subject Specialties: literature, visual analysis

Sophie Kreeger

Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays 1:00–2:30 pm and Thursdays 1:00–2:30 pm in the CAE

Year: Senior

Major: Anthropology, Minor: Queer Studies

Tutoring Specialties: making a strong thesis, outlining, the research process, decoding readings, developing arguments

Writing Subject Specialties: anthropology, english (literature and creative writing), queer studies, women's/feminist studies, ethnic studies, film studies, theory papers of all kinds, topics in popular culture (especially science fiction and comic books)

Caroline Berg

Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays 12:30 pm–3:30 pm in the CAE

Year: Second Year

Major: English Lit and PLEA—Economics

Tutoring Specialties: essay organization, research and brainstorming, grammar

Writing Subject Specialties: english and government papers, literature analysis, research based material, creative fiction/non-fiction

Alysa Cisneros

Drop-In Hours: Wednesdays 9:00 am–12:00 pm in the CAE

Year: Senior

Major: PLEA—Legal Studies emphasis

Tutoring Specialties: paper outlining and brainstorming, idea/concept organization, sentence structure, writing strong introductions/conclusions, appropriate tone, grammar

Writing Subject Specialties: public policy, government, law, sociology, ethnic studies, economics, literature—also reporting on, presenting, and analyzing data using words for any subject

Lucia Scriven

Drop-In Hours: Mondays 11:00 am–12:00 pm and 2:30 pm–4:30 pm in the CAE

Year: Senior

Major: English—Literature

Tutoring Specialties: brainstorming, organizing, overcoming blank-page panic.

Writing Subject Specialties: literature

Natanya Friedheim

Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays 9:00 am–12:00 pm in the CAE

Year: Senior

Major: Literary and Cultural Studies

Tutoring Specialties: I can help in all stages of the writing process but my specialties include brainstorming at the initial stages of paper writing, outlining and providing help with creating a succinct argument with a strong thesis statement. I can also help to correct grammar and syntax on finished essays.

Writing Subject Specialties: I can help with literature papers in English and French classes, and rhetoric and composition essays. As a government minor I also have experience writing policy analysis and literature reviews for essays in international relations and government classes.

 

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Last Updated: 2/11/16