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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

Anne Ernest

Anne McMurtrey - Director

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 and eTutor

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

 

Amy – Graduate Writing Fellow

M.A. student in Social Work

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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
 

Alexander – Graduate Writing Fellow

M.A. student in Public Administration

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Law writing, ... with experience in Biology and Economics

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Kris Young

Kristopher – Graduate Writing Fellow

 Ph.D. student in Sociology with an emphasis in Global Comparative Analytics

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Academic writing, critical analyses, grant and project proposals, mixed methods research, APA and Chicago Style formatting, and creative nonfiction

Language Spoken:

English and Haitian Kreyol

Favorite Quote:

 "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela

Favorite Authors:

Leo Tolstoy, Tom Robbins, Aldo Leopold, and Edward Abbey

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Andrew – Graduate eTutor

M.A. 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
 

Ryan – Tutor

Major:

History

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Language Spoken:

 English

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Thawdar Soe – Tutor

Major:

Pre-Nursing

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Languages Spoken:

 English and Burmese

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Jake – Tutor

Major:

Political Science

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 AP Style, creative writing

Language Spoken:

 Enlgish and Spanish

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 Jenna Wiseman

Jenna – Tutor

Major:

Political Science

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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

 

Shoon Lei (Wendy) – Tutor

Major:

Psychology

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Languages Spoken:

 English, Burmese, Korean, and Mandarin

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Christopher – Tutor

Major:

Literature and German

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Languages Spoken:

 English and German

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Vivian – Tutor

Major:

Mechanical Engineering with a minor in English

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Languages Spoken:

English and Mandarin

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 anna

Anna – Tutor

Major:

English Literature

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Creative writing, especially fiction, satire, and poetry

Language 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:

English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Academic writing, creative nonfiction, and poetry

Language Spoken:

English and Spanish

Favorite Quote:

 "The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates

Favorite Book:

Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace

 sage

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

 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

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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 a minor in Linguistics

Writing Expertise/Interests:

History, politics, opinion, and personal narrative

Language Spoken:

English

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

 tiffany

Tiffany – Tutor

Major:

English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Creative writing and application materials

Language Spoken:

English and some Spanish

Favorite Quote:

“Of this be sure: you do not find the happy life -- you make it." – Thomas S. Monson

Favorite Book:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan

 anmol

Anmol – Tutor

Major:

English and Film & Media Arts with EAE

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Creative writing, critical responses, and texts related to video games

Language Spoken:

English, Hindi, and Gujarati

Favorite Quote:

"Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise." - Sigmund Freud

Favorite Book:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, Reckless by Cornelia Funke, The Ruby Key by Holly Lisle, Sydney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark by Tilly Bagshawe

 Hailey

Hailey N. – Tutor

Major:

Political Science and Writing & Rhetoric Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Argumentative essays, papers on ethics and philosophy

Language Spoken:

 English (and learning 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 J. – Tutor

Major:

Environmental and Organismal Biology with a minor in Religious Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Argument Essays, Critical Analyses

Language Spoken:

 English

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Mary – Tutor

Major:

English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

English Education with a minor in Linguistics

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 Hailey Danielson

Hailey D. – Tutor

Major:

English

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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 S. – Tutor

Major:

Business

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Languages Spoken:

 English and Spanish

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Wil – Tutor

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 Creative writing, especially scripts

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Tian – Tutor

Major:

International Studies and Writing & Rhetoric Studies

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 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

   
 alex

Alexander – Office Staff

Major:

 EAE Game Design with a minor in Computer Science

Languages 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: 6/24/19