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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

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University Writing Center, Graduate Writing Center

Institutional Coordinator and Quality Assurance 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

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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

Hannah Bergstrom

Hannah – Graduate Writing Fellow

She, her, hers

Master's student in Education, Culture, and Society

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Social sciences, education, cultural studies, rhetoric, APA formatting

Language Spoken:

 English

Favorite Quote:

 "The moment we choose to love, we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom.” - bell hooks 

Favorite Book:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

 Kiki

Kiki – Graduate Writing Fellow

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Master's student in Art HIstory

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Visual Analysis/Description, Grant Writing, Humanities, Academic Writing, Essays, Literature Reviews, Chicago Style

Languages Spoken:

 English and French

Favorite Quote:

 “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” - Franz Kafka

Favorite Book:

Ways of Seeing by John Berger

Will Smiley

Will – Graduate Writing Fellow & Graduate eTutor

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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

Loni – Graduate Writing Fellow

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Ph.D./ABD in Education, Culture, and Society

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Literature reviews, application materials, and academic pieces about art, education, and Indiginous people

Languages Spoken:

 English and some Japanese, Navajo, Basque, German, and Spanish

Favorite Quote:

 "Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart." - Zig Ziglar

Favorite Book:

A Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

Andrew Larkin

Andrew – Tutor

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Major:

Chemistry

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Social critique/analysis, personal essays, grammar

Languages Spoken:

 English, some French

Favorite Quote:

 "Seasons bring truth / When I found mine / It was summertime" - Sky Ferreira

Favorite Books:

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Davita's Harp by Chaim Potok
 
Tora Soe

Tora Soe – Tutor

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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 and eTutor

she, her, hers

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

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Major:

Finance with a minor in Psychology and Korean

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

Ryan Rhineer

Ryan – Tutor

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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 
 Vivian

Vivian – Tutor

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Major:

Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Chinese

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

 Isaac

Isaac – Tutor

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Major:

QAMO with a minor in writing and rhetoric studies 

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Creative writing, poetry, and argumentative essays

Language Spoken:

 English

Favorite Quote:

"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men" -Roald Dahl

Favorite Book:

Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
Radhika

Radhika – Tutor

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Major:

Sociology with a minor in History

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Narrative, history and politics, argumentative essays, empirical writing, UROP proposals 

Languages Spoken:

 English and Hindi

Favorite Quote:

 “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.- Fred Rogers

Favorite Book:

Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou 

 Hailey N updated

Hailey N. – Tutor

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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

Emily Johnston

Emily J. – Tutor and eTutor

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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 and eTutor

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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

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Majors:

English and Communication with an emphasis in Journalism

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Literary analysis, AP Style

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 and eTutor

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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

 Bryn

Bryn – Tutor

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Major:

 Theatre Teaching BFA

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Creative writing, persuasive essays, literary analyses, grammar

Language Spoken:

 English

Favorite Quote:

“We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glow worm.” — Winston Churchill

Favorite Book:

 Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

 Audrey P

Audrey – Tutor

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Major:

Political Science and Philosophy of Science

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Argumentative research papers and literary analyses

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

 "She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live." - Annie Dillard.

Favorite Books:

Everyone Brave is Forgiven, The Invention of Wings, Anna Karenina, Beloved, and No Knives in the Kitchens of This City

Veronica

Veronica – Tutor

 She, her, hers

Major:

 Psychology, Pre-Med track

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Scientific writing, research papers and proposals

Language Spoken:

 English

Favorite Quote:

 "it's not how you do things, it's how much effort you do them with" - Rob Dyrdek

Favorite Books:

 Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Tasia

Tasia – Tutor

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Major:

English Teaching

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Literary analysis essays, creative writings, and personal statements

Language Spoken:

 English

Favorite Quote:

 "For them, as for me, imagining is not merely looking or looking at; nor is it taking oneself intact into other. It is, for the purposes of the work, becoming." - Toni Morrison, from Playing in the Dark

Favorite Book:

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Alex B

Alex – Office Staff

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Major:

Biology

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"It's better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way." - Alan Watts

Favorite Book:

I am Number Four by Pitticus Lore

Asante

Asante – Office Staff

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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 DeStefan

JJ

JJ – Office Staff

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Major:

English

Language Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

 "Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories." - Ray Bradbury

Favorite Book:

 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Last Updated: 8/25/20