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Mission

The University Writing Center (UWC) is a teaching space committed to helping students develop as writers. We believe that writers at all levels benefit from sharing their writing with knowledgeable, engaged readers.  Since the goal of tutoring is to grow one’s independence – and because students always maintain agency over their own work – our tutors will not copyedit or write papers for their clients. Instead, our tutors will be active listeners and readers; they will offer thoughtful suggestions and ask clarifying questions, help their clients to make effective rhetorical choices, and encourage them throughout their writing process – from brainstorming and outlining to drafting, revising, and editing. The UWC welcomes all currently-enrolled University of Utah students and offers free, one-to-one consultations in person and online.

University Writing Center Staff

 Annie

Anne McMurtrey - Director

University Writing Center, Graduate Writing Center

Institutional Coordinator, eTutoring

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Professional Interests:

Writing Centers, Writing Program Administration, Composition, Writing Assessment

Previous Academic Institutions:

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

 abby

Abby – Coordinator

Major:

English Teaching

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Formal analyses, narratives, and persuasive essays

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

 "And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep." - Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Book:

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

 Mirinda

Mirinda – Health Science Graduate Writing Fellow

Ph.D. student in Cognitive Neuroscience and Researcher at Pain Research Center

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Academic journal articles, grant/research proposals, personal statements, APA format

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

 "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hithced to everything else in the universe." - John Muir

Favorite Book:

 Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

 Amy Cope

Amy – Graduate Writing Fellow

M.A. student in Social Work

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Academic essays, research proposals and plublications, APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations

Language Spoken:

 English

Favorite Quote:

 "I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all, become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good." - Roald Dahl

Favorite Books:

Kitchen Table Wisdom, You Are a Badass, The Alchemist, The Secret Life of Bees, and The Unearthed Soul

 Will Smiley photo

Will – Graduate Writing Fellow & Graduate eTutor

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
 

Loni – Graduate Writing Fellow

 

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 Ryan Rhineer

Ryan – Tutor

Major:

History

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Literary analyses, history, U.S. politics, current events, LGBTQ+ issues

Languages Spoken:

 English and Esperanto

Favorite Quote:

 "The greatest teacher, failure is." - Yoda

Favorite Books:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Tess of the d'Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy, The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, and The Pricess Bride by William Goldman
 Tora Soe

Tora Soe – Tutor

Major:

Pre-Nursing

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Academic writing, expository, argumentative essays

Languages Spoken:

English and Burmese

Favorite Quote:

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - Bernard M. Baruch

Favorite Book:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

 Jenna Wiseman

Jenna – Tutor

Major:

Political Science

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Literary analyses, political and historic academic essays

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek"  - Barack Obama

Favorite Book:

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

 Wendy

Wendy – Tutor

Major:

Psychology

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Academic writing, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry

Languages Spoken:

English, Burmese, Korean, and Mandarin

Favorite Quote:

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid." - Jane Austen

Favorite Books:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

 Christopher

Christopher – Tutor

Major:

Literature and German

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Texts within the Humanities, Classical Studies, Translation Studies, Creative non-fiction, and Social Sciences

Languages Spoken:

English and German

Favorite Quote:

"In eternity this world will be Troy, and all that has passed here will be the epic of the universe, the ballad they sing in the streets." - Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Favorite Book:

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht

 Vivian

Vivian – Tutor

Major:

Mechanical Engineering with a minor in English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Academic, research, and argumentative essays

Languages Spoken:

English and Mandarin

Favorite Quote:

"You dance differently when you know you won't live forever." - Leigh Bardugo

Favorite Book:

 Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 anna

Anna – Tutor

Major:

English Literature

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Creative writing, especially fiction, satire, and poetry

Languages Spoken:

English and French

Favorite Quote:

 "Do not speak unless the words are as beautiful as silence itself." 

Favorite Book:

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

 lainey

Lainey – Tutor

Major:

Philosophy with a minor in Writing & Rhetoric Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Critical analyses, opinion editorials, songwriting, poetry, and personal histories

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

Favorite Quote:

 "I hope one day we can put away our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people." - Jack Handey

Favorite Books:

The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

 sunnie

Sunnie – Tutor

Major:

English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Academic essays, narrative writing, MLA and Chicago-style formatting

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

“You have as much charisma as the rotting innards of unidentified roadkill.” – Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Favorite Books:

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Erin Johnston

Erin – Tutor

Major:

Physical Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics

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

 Analise

Analise – Tutor

Major:

International Studies and Middle East Studies with minors in Linguistics and Political Science

Writing Expertise/Interests:

History, politics, opinion, and personal narrative

Languages Spoken:

English and Arabic

Favorite Quotes:

Live, travel, adventure, and don’t be sorry.” - Jack Kerouac

"Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It's all part of the fairytale." - Peter S. Beagle

The Last Unicorn "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you'll be swept off to." - J. R. R. Tolkien The Fellowship of the Ring

Favorite Book:

East of Eden by John Steinbeck, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

 Hailey N updated

Hailey N. – Tutor

Major:

Political Science, Writing & Rhetoric Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Argumentative essays, history, and political essays

Language Spoken:

English and Arabic

Favorite Quote:

 "I swear by my life and love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." - Ayn Rand

Favorite Book:

Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

 Alyx

Alyx – Tutor

Major:

English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Fiction novel writing, young adult literature, academic essays (especially argumentative), and MLA formatting

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

 Emily Johnston

Emily J. – Tutor

Major:

Environmental and Organismal Biology with a minor in Religious Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Science writing, argument essays, critical analyses, comparative essays

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"'I just want to go home,' said the astronaut. 'So come home,' said ground control. 'So come home' said the stars.'" - Jonny Sun

Favorite Book:

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

 Mary photo

Mary – Tutor

Major:

English Education with a minor in Linguistics

Writing Expertise/Interests:

English language and academic grammar skills, literary analyses

Language Spoken:

 English

Favorite Quote:

 "Have courage and be kind, my love. You have more kindness in your little finger than most people possess in their whole bodies and it has power - more than you know." - Cinderella (2015)

Favorite Books:

 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Treasure Island by Robery Louis Stevenson, and Hamlet by William Shakespeare
 Hailey Danielson

Hailey D. – Tutor

Major:

English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 

Language Spoken:

 English

Favorite Quote:

 "Live the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now." - Christopher Paolini

Favorite Books:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J. Maas, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

 Emily Schmutz

Emily S. – Tutor

Major:

Business, Pre-PA

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Business writing, scientific proposals, grammar, and academic writing

Languages Spoken:

 English and Spanish

Favorite Quote:

 "Only a life lived for others is worth living." - Albert Einstein

Favorite Book:

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

 Wil Doyle

Wil – Tutor

Major:

Economics HBS

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Creative writing, especially scripts and fiction; academic writing

Language Spoken:

 English

Favorite Quote:

 "No, no, I tell you, I am not that daemon swineherd in the twilit grotto! It was not Edward Norrys' fat face on that flabby, fungous thing! Who says I am a de la Poer? He lived, but my boy died!.... Shall a Norrys hold the lands of a de la Poer?...It's voodoo, I tell you...that spotted snake...Curse you, Thornton, I'll teach you to faint at what my family do!... 'Sblood, though stinkard, I'll learn ye how to gust...wolde ye swynke me thilke wys?...Magna Mater! Magna Mater!" - H.P. Lovecraft

Favorite Books:

 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
 Tian

Tian – Tutor

Major:

International Studies and Writing & Rhetoric Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Literary analyses, academic essays, and personal statements

Languages Spoken:

English and German

Favorite Quote:

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Suess

Favorite Books:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christieand A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

 tamar

Tamar – Tutor and Office Staff

Major:

Multidisciplinary Design

Languages Spoken:

English, Spanish, and some 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

 Asante

Asante – Office Staff

Major:

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Languages Spoken:

 English and ASL

Favorite Quote:

 "Not my monkey, not my circus." - My Mom

Favorite Books:

 Wither by Lauren DeStefano

 alex

Alexander – Office Staff

Major:

EAE Game Design with a minor in Computer Science

Language Spoken:

 English

Favorite Quote:

 "Don't get mad until it is time to get mad." - Carolina Cervantes

Favorite Books:

 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 Kathy

Kathy – Office Staff

Major:

Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Business

Languages Spoken:

 English, Thai, and Lao

Favorite Quote:

 "You are willing to die, you coward, but not to live." - Hermann Hesse

Favorite Book:

 Damian by Hermann Hesse

Last Updated: 8/19/19