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Writing Center Fellows

Landon Smith
Degree: MA in English Lit 
Undergraduate Major: English

Tutoring Specialties: Helping you realize that there are no "good" or "bad" writers! I like to think of myself as a very adaptive tutor/instructor. I'm good at helping people develop a thesis. I'm also very well-versed in grammar, having taught English to second-language learners overseas. I'm also very helpful with developing ideas and critical thought. We all learn, and thrive, in our own way—helping to find that, and put it to use, is what I love doing. 

Writing Interests: My writing interests include: writing on the graphic novel and the comic book genre, writing a poem every day, critical pieces on social justice literature.

Matthew Tasaka-Mejia
Degree: MFA Creative Writing, Poetry
Undergraduate Major: English

Tutoring Specialties: (this could be some phase of the writing process you think you're good at helping people with or some aspect of tutoring you consider a strength): Thesis development, organization, general grammar/punctuation, argument support, research, creative writing, time management, scheduling, not stressing out, study habits, academic struggles, etc...

Writing Interests: Poetry, prose, screenwriting 

Writing Center Tutors

Alexa Barger
Major: Transcultural Francophone Studies

Tutoring specialties: I am able to work through the entirety of the writing process (from brainstorming to proofreading) in English, French and Spanish. I am able to check grammar, spelling, and organization for these languages as well. I am also aware of efficient ways to brainstorm and organize essays.

Writing Interests: literary analysis; writing about feminist & postcolonial literature; creative writing

Sophia Cook-Philips
Major: Environmental Studies  Minor: Spanish and Spanish American Studies

Tutoring Specialties: Environmental policy and economics

Writing Interests: Sustainability, and agriculture and food systems, writing as a tool for persuasion, as well for education about and communication of complex ideas 

Rachel Houser
Major: Sociology

Tutoring Specialties: revising, organization, sentence structure

Writing Interests: creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry), sociology, argumentative essays, analytical literature papers, sociological research papers.

Clarissa Johnson
Major: English (Literature)

Tutoring Specialties: Thesis construction, close readings of literature, paper planning, citations.

Writing Interests: I like examining fiction (science fiction in particular) for symbology that ties it in to other texts and brands of thinking. I especially like doing Biblical and queer readings of texts.

Amanda Lezra
Tutoring Specialties: Public speaking and study-strategies.

Writing Specialties: English and Spanish essay composition, thesis and argument building, and helping develop research skills to support all writing. I have most experience as a writing coach, specifically with creative fiction and non-fiction, in terms of voice, character and plot development. 

Shoshana Moed
Major: Music Minor: Math

Tutoring specialties: outlining, organizing a paper, transitioning in a paper, revising, writing effective paragraphs  to prove thesis, finding grammar mistakes

Writing interests: creative writing, persuasive writing, social justice

Madeleine Nakamura
Major: English Creative Writing

Tutoring specialties: Outlining, analytical strategies, sentence fluency, grammar and spelling, argument structure, brainstorming

Writing Interests: Literary analysis, fiction, creative nonfiction

Samantha Quijano
Major: Government (declared) and English Literature (undeclared).

Tutor Specialties: I am well versed essay/research paper writing for both literature and the social sciences. Within those disciplines, I can help with focusing papers, creating/organizing essay structure, and fine-tuning arguments. Additionally, I can assist with developing time management skills and sorting through MLA and APA citation. 

Writing Interests: Literary analysis (particularly on 1600s–contemporary literature), research-based work, law and public policy, government, sociology, and political/social/cultural position papers. 

Eileen Sochia
Major: Economics and English

Tutoring specialties: analytical essays, research essays driven by data and lit review, the starting stage of an essay or writing piece, outlining

Writing Interests: Empowering others to write what they want to write, writing as a tool for both personal growth and effective communication with others in academic and non-academic settings. 

Erin Strubbe
Major: English Creative Writing

Tutoring Specialties: literary analysis, thesis development, improving clarity, spelling/grammar, structure and language editing, fiction brainstorming and development

Writing Interests: literature, women's studies, journalism, creative fiction/non-fiction, popular culture 

Lia Vardy
Major: English
Tutoring Specialties: prewriting, thesis development, editing assistance, multilingual students, SASS students

Writing Interests: Literature and formal analysis



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Reinhardt Hall
Rms. 251, 252
P: 510.430.3360

Last Updated: 9/22/16