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University Writing Center Staff

Anne Ernest

Anne McMurtrey - Director

Institutional Coordinator, eTutoring

Advisor, Write Club

anne.mcmurtrey@utah.edu

Professional Interests:

Writing Centers, Writing Program Administration, Composition, Writing Assessment

Languages Studied:

English and Spanish

Previous Academic Institutions:

University of Idaho, Boise State University, and Washington State University

 

Nicole Triptow – Coordinator

nicole.triptow@utah.edu

Major:

English Teaching with minors in History Teaching, Theatre, and British Studies

Writing Interests:

Fiction novel writing, short stories, playwriting, scenes and monologue writing, essays, Chicago and MLA citations. I am the Public Relations Officer of Write Club.

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"Still round the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate" - J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite Books:

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale, the Percy Jackson series and The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.

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Will – Faculty Writing Fellow

Ph.D. student in English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Poetry, fiction, essays, academic writing

Languages Spoken:

 English, French, and Old English

Favorite Quote:

"We used to say 'I could eat a horse' / & we could & we did... / Now we say 'I could eat a horse' / but it's not true / We can't eat a horse no / because we don't want to" - Greg Brown, from In the Dark with You

Favorite Book:

King Lear by William Shakespeare
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Charlene – Faculty Writing Fellow

Ph.D. candidate in Political Science

Writing Expertise/Interests:

My current writing experience is for an academic social science audience. I also have experience with writing for funding proposals, public relations, and marketing. I have worked as a writer and editor of technical manuals and research in the biological sciences.

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quotes:

“The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.” – Molly Ivins, You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You

“A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood, "Spelling"

 "You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence." – Octavia E. Butler, 2000 Interview, Locus Magazine

Favorite Books:

The Universe in a Single Atom by H.H. Dalai Lama, Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

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Arielle – Graduate Writing Fellow

Ph.D. student in Political Science (emph. Political Economy)

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Political Science writing, management, business proposals, and funding applications

Languages Spoken:

 English and some French

Favorite Quote:

"Education is the difference between wishing you could help other people and being able to help them." -- Russell M. Nelson  

Favorite Books:

 All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren, The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan, and The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson 

   
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Hakan – Graduate Writing Fellow

Ph.D. student in Political Science

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Journal articles, conference proceedings, and book reviews in the social sciences and humanities, as well as critical theory, literature reviews, and statements of purpose

Languages Spoken:

English and Turkish

Favorite Quotes:

“Revision is…re-envisioning your work. Stepping back from it in the light of what you know now, what you have written, and determining if you have done what you set out to do. Just because the piece occurred to you in a certain way and you wrote it that way doesn’t mean that was the only way, or the best way, to do it.” -- Phillip Gerrard's WritingCreative Nonfiction

“I didn’t go to the moon, I went much further—for time is the longest distance between two places.” --  Tennessee Williams', The Glass Menagerie

Favorite Books:

Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization by Richard Sennett, Karamazov Brothers by Dostoyevsky, and The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

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Andrew – Graduate Writing Fellow & Graduate eTutor

MA student in English and Film

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Academic essays, research writing, composition, literature analysis, MLA and APA format, screenwriting, and film theory

Languages Spoken:

English and Purtuguese

Favorite Quotes:

"The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind." -- William Blake

"Brevity is the soul of wit." -- William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Favorite Books:

Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Mirinda – Tutor

Major:

Psychology and Writing & Rhetoric Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Research writing and critical analyses

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quotes:

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” -Robert Frost

Favorite Books:

Walden by Henry David Thoreau, Quiet by Susan Cain

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Michael – Tutor

Major:

Biomedical Engineering

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Research papers, argumentative essays, engineering essays, lab reports, and APA citations. 

Languages Spoken:

English and a little bit of Spanish and Chinese

Favorite Quote:

“…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.’” – John Green

Favorite Books:

East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, and The Fault in our Stars by John Green
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Sarah – Tutor

Major:

English Literature

Writing Expertise/Interests: 

Academic or commentarial essays in MLA and APA formats, short stories, novels, poetry, theater, nonfiction

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

“The moon in the duck pond was full as well, and I found myself, unbidden, thinking of the holy fools in the old story, the ones who had gone fishing in the lake for the moon, with nets, convinced that the reflection in the water was nearer and easier to catch than the globe that hung in the sky. And, of course, it always is.” -Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Favorite Books:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley

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Sage – Tutor

Major:

Film and Media Arts (EAE)

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Argumentative academic writing and creative writing, especially poetry and short stories

Language Spoken:

English and some Portuguese and Spanish

Favorite Quote:

"What does God want? Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?" - Anthony Burgess

Favorite Book:

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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Christina – Tutor

Major:

Communications with a minor in Chemistry (Pre-Dental)

Writing Expertise/Interests: 

Blogging, lab reports, and research articles

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass anyway." – Earl Knightingale.

Favorite Books:

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Novice by Taran Matharu, and anything by Rick Riordan

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Emilie – Tutor

Major:

Communications with a minor in English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Current Senior Editor of Her Campus Utah, online magazine.  I wrote for the U's Chrony for a year.  I love all types of writing - from poetry to academic essays. I am the Editor-in-Chief of Write Club.

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right," (Henry Ford) and "So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible." – The Phantom Tollbooth

Favorite Books:

Replay by Ken Grimwood and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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Erin – Tutor

Major:

Biological Chemistry 

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Academic/comparative essays, research and journal-style scientific writing, scholarship applications, and procedure proposals

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

“There is no such thing as the last straw. There is only hay.” – Mark Z. Danielewski House of Leaves

Favorite Books:

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Dalton R. – Tutor

Major:

English with minor in Philosophy 

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Poetry, fiction, photojournalism, and academic prose   

Languages Spoken:

English and French

Favorite Books:

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Island by Aldous Huxley, The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Ali – Tutor

Major:

Writing and Rhetoric & Psychology

Writing Expertise/Interests:

I love creative writing. I also write essays, some professional writing, academic writing (particularly in humanities and psychology), and I have some experience writing chemistry research papers. I am the President of Write Club.

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quotes:

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. J. R. Tolkien

“Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.” – Oliver Goldsmith

Favorite Books:

The Belgariad series by David Eddings, Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne and Todd McCaffrey, and The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

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Claudia – Tutor

Major:

Writing & Rhetoric

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Résumés, personal statements, and magazine articles

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

Favorite Quote:

“Wild tongues can't be tamed; they can only be cut out.”  ― Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

Favorite Book:

The Grand Design by Leonard Mlodinow and Stephen Hawking
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Shelby – Tutor

Major:

Writing and Rhetoric and Political Science with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

I’m a technical writing assistant for Colonial Stock Transfer.

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” – E.B. White

Favorite Book:

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

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Dalton E. – Tutor

Major:

English and Film with a minor in Philosophy

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Critical theory, fiction and poetry, screenplays, APA and MLA citations, and academic writing

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish." – David Foster Wallace

Favorite Books:

Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver, Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, and How Fiction Works by James Wood

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Alyx – Tutor

Major:

English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Fiction novel writing, young adult literature, academic essays (especially argumentative), and MLA formatting and citation. I am the Public Relations: Outreach Officer of Write Club.

Languages Studied:

English and French

Favorite Quote:

“Start writing no matter what. The water doesn’t flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’amour

Favorite Books:

Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, Embassy Row Trilogy by Ally Carter, Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans, Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, Dirk Pitt novels by Clive Cussler, Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore, Young James Bond series by Charlie Higson

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Hannah – Tutor & eTutor

Major:

Anthropology

Writing Expertise/Interests:

I love poetry, creative writing, and helping people organize their thoughts to make beautiful writing.  My experitise is in personal statements, resume writing, and research essays.

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me." – Micheal Scott (The Office)

Favorite Books:

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Zane – Tutor

Major:

Biomedical Engineering with prosthetic emphasis

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Scientific research papers, persuasive essays, theoretical arguments, résumés, and curriculum vitae

Languages Spoken:

English, Bulgarian, and some German, Turkish, Roma, and Japanese

Favorite Quote:

"The thing about shaking hands is, you need hands!" - Kuzco, The Emperors New Groove

Favorite Books: 

Cosmere (almost any of the books included in Branded Sanderson's bridged universe, The Cosmere series) 

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Joon - Tutor

Major:

English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Fiction and research

Languages Spoken:

English and Korean

Favorite Quote:

"Thinking is the enemy of creativity" - Ray Bradbury

Favorite Books:

Demian by Herman Hesse and The Stranger by Albert Camus

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Samantha – Tutor & eTutor

Major:

Writing and Rhetoric

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Fiction novel writing, short stories, and essays. I am the Historian of Write Club.

Languages:

English and American Sign Language

Favorite Quotes:

"A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to ever other." – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

"Fear is not evil. It tells you what your weakness is. And once you know your weakness, you can become stronger as well as kinder." – Gildarts, Fairy Tail

"There's no advantage to hurrying through life." – Shikamaru Nara, Naruto

Favorite Books:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Great Tree of Avalon by T.A. Barron, The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, and Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

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Nik – Tutor

Major:

Chemical Engineering 

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Science papers, humanities, and communications.  I am Secretary of Write Club.

Languages Spoken:

English and some Spanish

Favorite Quote:

"Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away." – Kevin Bisch 

Favorite Books:

The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham, Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse, The Nonexistent Knight by Italo Calvino, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami, and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling


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Ailien – Office Staff

Major:

Nursing

Languages Spoken:

Vietnamese and English

Favorite Quotes:

“Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.” - Mary Martin

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” - Dalai Lama

Favorite Books:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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Addie – Office Staff

Major:

Political Science and International Relations. I am the Conference Coordinator of Write Club.

Languages Spoken:

English and some French

Favorite Quote:

“When the situation is hopeless, there’s nothing to worry about.” - Edward Abbey

Favorite Books:

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Walden by Henry David Thoreau,  How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, How to See Yourself As You Really Are by the Dalai Lama, and Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

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Tamar – Office Staff

Major:

Multidisciplinary Design

Languages Spoken:

English, Spanish, and French

Favorite Quote:

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Favorite Books:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

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Nam – Office Staff

Major:

Business Management

Languages Spoken:

English and Vietnamese

Favorite Quote:

"Wubba lubba dub dub" – Rick Sanchez

Favorite Book:

The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey

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Brittani – Office Staff

Major:

English and Middle Eastern Studies

Languages Spoken:

English, Arabic, and some Spanish

Favorite Quote:

"I hope our daughters are born with so much fire in their souls they could put volcanoes and stars to shame." – Nikita Gill

Favorite Books:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Last Updated: 10/18/17