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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 – Summer 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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Charissa - Graduate Writing Fellow

Ph.D. candidate in Writing and Rhetoric Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Research writing, writing for publication, conference proposals, statements of purpose, memoir, and arts and entertainment journalism

Languages Spoken:

English, French, and Cantonese

Favorite Quotes:

"When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt." - Henry J. Kaiser
"In a time of destruction, create something." - Maxine Hong Kingston
"I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in." - Virginia Woolf

Favorite Books:

 Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, and 1984 by George Orwell

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Elizabeth – Graduate Writing Fellow

MA student in English Literature

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Academic writing, literary criticism, research papers, application materials, and fiction writing

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quotes:

"A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth." -- Tim O'Brien

Favorite Books:

In the Heart of the Country by J.M. Coetzee, The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you are a little bit happier than i am by Tao Lin, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, and "In the Penal Colony" by Franz Kafka 
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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 Portuguese

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
 Mirinda

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

 Sarah

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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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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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

 Alyx

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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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) 

 Joon

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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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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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

   
Last Updated: 5/2/18