Paige Elizabeth Anderson-Knott

Writing Tutor, Master of Knowledge

I love to read, and read just about anything (I even read the back of cereal boxes and mayo jars). Mostly I find myself gravitating to non-fiction because I love knowledge and I am always wanting to work on myself and my goals. I am a “when I have time” writer who is aspiring to be an “I schedule time for my writing” writer. I like to write everything from mainstream fiction, sci-fi, to creative non-fiction, and informational.

I’m in the Master’s program for English, I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with my Master’s degree yet, but my main goal in obtaining my degree is strictly for the love of knowledge; a trait I hope will assist me in teaching my children as well. I received my Bachelors from University of Michigan Flint and am so happy to have such a wonderful master’s program at the school I love.  I have worked in the writing center since 2010. I absolutely love it and if I could do it forever I would be in heaven.

In my non-academic life, my daughters, husband, our 4 cats make my life entertaining and fun. I had my wonderful daughter, Tempest in November, 2012. My 2nd beautiful Daughter, Alice, was born June 2014. In case you are wondering, yes, they are both named after literary works.

I also run an aromatherapy business. I have a booth at the renaissance festival (that my family and I have ran since 1998). It’s a whole different world than the world of academia, but I enjoy it as well.

Shantell (aka Pippy) Bennett

Writing Tutor

Upon growing up when I turned *ahem*forty*cough* I decided to head back to academia to prove my worth to the books. When I am not relinquishing my soul to the demands of four or five separate professors, I like to write and I am a make do veterinarian and adopted mommy for my cows, chickens, piglets and two sweet Chihuahua’s, Dobie and Tiny and an awesome Chocolate Lab Boscoe. I am also a mom of four crazy, fun-loving and awesome kids spanning from Michigan to Arizona to Vicenza, Italy where my oldest and two grandbabies now live. For fun I am a paranormal investigator with my amazing paranormal team/family, Into the Afterlife Paranormal. Things I do not like are airplanes, people who read the covers and not the book and who do not use their blinkers. I also have a debilitating fear of escalators and bridges. My favorite things (besides my family and animals) are Dumbo the Elephant, Dried Kale, listening to music, aligning my chakras, my Mac computer and the smell of Keebler Fudge Striped Cookies. 
~Merry Meet

Amanda Brooks

Writing Tutor

I’m a recent graduate of UM-Flint with a BA in English with a specialization in Linguistics. I earned an Associate of Applied Arts degree from Delta College in 2012. I have loved language ever since I can remember, long before I knew there was a specialized field of study called linguistics. This will be my first semester working at the Writing Center, and I wish I would have started earlier. I love reading, writing, birdwatching, hiking and just spending time in nature in general. If you haven’t tried, it’s a great place to study! I’m also interested in etymology and how languages change and develop over time.

When I’m not trying to become more well-read or more of a movie buff, I volunteer as a forensics coach for my former high school, and I judge tournaments on Saturdays throughout the winter. I love forensics more than I can say (without writing a personal essay), and have been involved for almost 10 years. So, please feel free to come to me with help on public speaking assignments or presentations.

Poetry has always been a love of mine, and I’m always trying to read more. I’m partial to fancy teas and ‘90s television. I love the music of The Tragically Hip, Bjork, The Flaming Lips, David Bowie, Radiohead, and Mogwai among approximately 100 others. Now that I’ve graduated I’m in the process of rediscovering my love for fantasy RPGs and long Russian novels. Studio Ghibli movies will always have a special place in my heart. My favorite favorite thing, though, has always been learning. My interests are varied and I love talking to friends new and old about all kinds of things. That’s why I became a tutor in the Writing Center: to talk to you about your papers, to learn new things, to gain new perspectives on academic topics. I love sharing ideas with others. Whether or not you find your papers fascinating, I probably will, and I’d love to talk to you about them.

Kevin Brown

Front Desk Support, Rehabilitating Writer Wellness

My name is Kevin; I am a jack of all trades and a master of none.

When you call on the phone I sense your tone,

I’ll assist you to make an appointment so there is no need for ointment.

I’ll let you speak to a tutor so you can make changes on your computer. 

Your paper will be dandy, but never better than our candy.

I sold my soul to the writing center I’ve been here so long I am now a renter

and since I wrote this poem I am now a repenter.

Becky Ellithorpe

Writing Tutor

Major: English T.C.P. and Mathematics T.C.P.

Favorite Appointments: I enjoying tutoring anything regarding English, literature, and math. I also thoroughly enjoy PRE test prep, psychology, biology, history, and simply learning anything new. I love to learn new things!

Citation Styles: I am most comfortable with MLA and APA styles.

Biography: I am a workaholic. Constantly, I have multiple things going on at once. I feel the need to be productive and learn new things. I also love to help others. In addition, I want to be a high school teacher for my future career. This is why I am extremely excited to tutor. I can help fellow students while learning so many new things.

I have a vast number of interests, but I am a total nerd. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and so many others. I love having discussions on books, series, and just about anything.

Sara Follo

Writing Tutor, Adorable Comedienne Extraordinaire

Recent graduate with a BA in English with a specialization in Linguistics

Know English, Latin, and American Sign Language (ASL)

My name is Sara and I’m the only one who spells their name the “write” way. I’ve been working at the Writing Center since 2013 and have loved every moment of it! My studies consisted of literary analyzation and observation of changes in language. This being said, I love everything concerning writing and reading and love helping people with them! In addition to these things, I love discussing languages and talking about how changes come from them; so if you ask about them, prepare yourself for me to geek out. 

On a different note, if you ever want to come in and chat about societal paradigms, Harry Potter, or makeup trends, I’d be happy give you a magical talk! Get it? Magic…Harry Potter? I’ll stop now. 

Nancy Grigg

Writing Tutor, Unicorn Whisperer

I love working with students during English 109 and English 110 class, as well as tutoring appointments, because I love assisting writers at various stages in their writing processes.  I feel that our writing center provides a reciprocal learning environment-while I try to assist students in improving their writing, I always learn something new from the students I have the pleasure of working with.

I would advise students to manage their stress levels when trying to meet the demands of college by being proactive in tackling assignments, and to divide larger projects (such as writing papers) into smaller pieces or steps to make them less overwhelming and more manageable.

Writing is an important skill needed for success in all majors and disciplines, and employers in today's job market are looking for candidates who are able to think critically and write concisely.  No matter what you decide to major in, writing is an important skill set in any and all disciplines. 

Taylor Hathon

Writing Tutor

Major: English TCP, Math TCP minor

Languages: English

Bio: I am a sophomore here at the University and I aspire to be a high school English and math teacher. I would double major in English and math but I am too scared of multivariable calculus and differential equations (Calculus III IV) to even dare to do that. I have always loved to read and write, yet time to write/read is little. I like to read romance (because I am such a girl), mysteries and action/adventure novels. The most interesting book I have read is a play named Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco.

I like to play the trumpet in my free time and I am currently in the wind symphony here on campus. I have played the trumpet since sixth grade so I have played for 7-8 years and I have been in marching band for 5 years. I hate the color yellow because it is too happy; yet my favorite color is orange. I tend to be introverted but have extroverted tendencies. I am part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at this University. I am infatuated with the show “Friends” and have a slight obsession with it. The character I relate most with is Monica.

Citation Styles: MLA

Favorite Appointments: Invention/ pre-write, early drafts

Own Writing Experience: published poem “Friends”; Lake Fenton high school newspaper editor The Chain 2013-2014

Sarah Keeler

Writing Tutor with a Katie

I am a wildlife biology major and a Sophomore with an interest in entomology (aka. Insects). Though I am majoring in the sciences I love being a writing tutor! I also love my cat, Gandalf, and my four tarantulas, Fluffy, Norbert, Aragog, and Fang. As can be seen from my pets names I am an avid reader and I'm always looking for a good book. 

Sarah Keyser-Brown

Writing Tutor, Betty Crocker Expert

I earned an M.A. in English Language and Literature with concentrations in Composition, Rhetoric, and Linguistics, as well as an M.A. in Education with a concentration in Literacy K-12 at the University of Michigan – Flint and have been a tutor at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center (MEW) since 2012. Education and UM-Flint are a tradition in my family, with my mother, father, son, and soon my husband all being graduates.

The mainstays of education, writing, reading and speaking, are all valuable skills that should never be done in isolation, and the MEW is the optimum venue for writers of all skill levels and interests to seek input from others. I find our writing center to be the perfect place to collaborate, learning with and from each and every writer that graces its doorway. I enjoy the variety, inspiration, and camaraderie I am privileged to experience every minute I spend there.

In my spare moments, (which seem few and far between), I read everything from children’s books to the most recent best sellers, race walk (especially the Crim 10 mile), garden, craft, and bake tasty treats.

I hope to see you around the center soon!

Clarian Kmetz

Writing Tutor

Major: Business Administration

Languages: English, and some French

Hello! My names Clarian, but most people just call me Clare. I am in my third-year here at the University of Michigan- Flint, and the Education Director of my sorority. Along with being a tuor in the Writing Center, I am also the Marketing Coordinator. If I’m not at work in the Writing Center or studying, I’m probably at the gym or home napping. Cooking is my passion, and there aren’t many dishes that I can’t make. 

Dave Linden

Writing Tutor in an Outdoorsman's Body

I’m a forty-something husband and father of three, with a son and daughter who are students at UM-Flint along with their dad. My younger son is a high school sophomore.

I’m in my final semester as a graduate student, pursuing an MA in English concentrating in Writing and Rhetoric. This is my fifth semester as a tutor in the Writing Center, and my third semester as a writer, editor, and researcher with UM-Flint’s Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching. As I look to carve out a new career in the fields of teaching college writing and freelance writing/editing, it’s my goal to help anyone I serve become a better writer and learner, regardless of what they’re working on.

My academic pursuits and professional backgrounds in small business and non-profit work have afforded me opportunity to work with a variety of writings. Areas of particular interest are:

  • Technical Writing: Personal Statements, Application Essays, Resumes/Cover Letters
  • Academic Writing Across the Curriculum (Disciplines in addition to English)
  • Working with International Students and Writers
  • Speech/PowerPoint Preparation and Presentation
  • APA and MLA Formatting/Citation

When I’m not in class or the writing center, you’ll find me hanging out with my family, attending to my landscape contracting business, coaching football or baseball, or, as the accompanying photo implies, lost on some remote lake, fishing for the day’s yield.


Layla Meillier

Writing Tutor

I am a lifetime Flint resident, thespian, and workaholic.  I am probably an English major; I love reading and writing too much to proclaim otherwise.  More recently, I have been writing screenplays but I started out writing short stories, poems, et cetera.  I speak the tiniest bit of useless French.  When the sidewalks are not covered in slush, I love to ride my bike. 

Sarah Mitchell

Writing Tutor

Major: English Graduate Program


Eclectic : including things taken from many different sources

That is me in definition form. I like to learn. Everything. Okay, I’ll admit that’s a slight exaggeration. But my interests, hobbies, and dabblings seem wildly varied— everything from studying the history of words and dialect, to hiking, cooking, quilting, knot tying, writing, reading, and … genealogy? Yes, genealogy. (For those unfamiliar with the study, it’s pretty much searching records for and making a large list of long dead relatives. It sounds much more gruesome than it is. Though, I have been known to wander through the occasional cemetery … What can I say? I’m the life of the party.)

Anyway, I’ve thought about it, and I realized that these interests aren’t really that far apart at all. Simply put, I study life. I just do it through learning about and experiencing people, places, methods, and language, especially those of the past. Life is complex and interesting. Plus, I like the connection between what was and what is.

Call me weird. Call me sentimental. Call me whatever you want. But, most of all, call to make an appointment at the Writing Center! Or you know, take the modern approach and use the system here on the internet. I’d be glad to go with you as you explore that little element of life called writing.

Lace Nelson

Writing Tutor

Major: English-Writing Specialization

Languages: English

Favorite Appointments: Creative writing, prewriting/brainstorming, publishing-related

Writing experience: Novelist, flash fiction writer, essayist


Nice to meet you. I’m Lace, a writer who subsists on novels and Scandinavian folklore. And metal music. Can’t survive without that. Anyway, I’ve been a student here at U-M Flint for the past two years and am pursuing my B.A. in English-Writing Specialization. I would love to teach college writing classes someday. I read mostly fiction, usually YA, fairy tales, or fantasy, but really, I’m interested in almost everything and love to learn something new. I’m very interested in what you have to say, because we all have knowledge and interests that make us unique individuals, and my goal is to help you in any way that I can. I have experience in a wide range of academic writing as well as presentations, but as a fiction writer, I am very open to creative writing appointments. Even if you have personal writing that isn’t for any class, feel free to bring it in.

Jesutofunmi (aka Tofunmi) Omowumi

Writing Tutor

Writing Tutor, Poet, Graduate Student (English Language and Literature)

In the end, my epitaph would read simply, “A Poet,” without the embellishing of any other word because that single phrase would immortalize me. It is my hope that I will inspire anyone who reads it to write even in my death.

What I am trying to say is that my life is all about helping others write what they need to write.

Kris Price, Writing Tutor/Word Viking

Viking Tutor of Words

Hi! My name is Kris. I am a junior here at the University of Michigan-Flint. I am an English major with a specialization in writing.

English is my first language and I have limited knowledge in ASL.

I am the word Viking, sent from Asgard by Thor himself! I’ve come to pillage and plunder your minds and imaginations! My mind is my armor and my pencil is my hammer! Just kidding, but seriously, I could not be happier to be part of the U of M Flint Writing Center team. Reading and writing have always been a passion of mine (when I’m not too busy running my dungeons and dragons campaign). I love to meet new people and experience the exchange of knowledge and information. I hope to one day teach higher education in the English and writing fields. As I’m sure you can tell from my opening I’m a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy. Maybe I’m a geek, maybe I’m a nerd. I would gladly accept these titles if that’s what it takes to be a fanatical Star Wars/Lord of the Rings fan. I cannot wait to read your papers, delve into your minds, and experience your imaginations. Come in to the Marian Wright Writing Center and see me or any of our other awesome writing tutors, we would love to see you. Now if you’ll excuse me I must continue my training with Master Yoda. May the force be with you.

Creative writing is my favorite style of writing, although a good research topic can be just as fun. I feel most comfortable with MLA style citation and I know APA style, as well.

Helping writers understand assignments, brainstorm ideas, and write up outlines in order to get started on an assignment are my favorite kind of appointments.   

Stacie Scherman

Writing Tutor

Major: MA English concentrating in Composition and Rhetoric 

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Biography: I love tutoring because I get to meet so many different people with such diverse interests, writing styles, ideas, and talents. Writing is challenging regardless of your experience level, and helping others work through writing challenges motivates me to work through my own. I have a varied academic background: My BA is in Business Administration, my first MA is in Liberal Studies, and I am currently in my last semester of the MA program in English. I also have been an editor for Qua Literary and Fine Arts Magazine for three years, and just started writing for East Village Magazine. So whatever your assignment is, I have probably done something similar at some point! And if I haven’t, I would love for you to teach me something new as we work together through whatever writing challenge you are facing.

Citation Styles Comfortable with: MLA, APA, Chicago

Favorite Appointments: Humanities and business papers and assignments; research papers; creative writing; personal statements, resumes, cover letters, CVs.

My own writing experience: Editor of Qua Literary and Fine Arts Magazine; writer for East Village Magazine; history, philosophy, composition, literature, and business academic research papers and essays; poetry; business plans


Yazeed Shamieh

Writing Tutor

I'm a sophomore undergraduate concentrating in pre-medical studies. I speak Arabic fluently, and I have lived and studied in Jordan for two years. My favorite appointments involve helping students start of their essays. I like hearing the ideas that students have and providing feedback and proposals which assist in expanding upon these ideas. I enjoy playing sports, writing, reading, and I will most certainly beat you at pool in the UCEN. I hope to see you around the writing center soon.

Amneh Sheikh-Khalil

Writing Tutor

Major: English with a Specialization in Literature

Minor: Women & Gender Studies

Class Standing: Junior//Undergraduate

Languages spoken: English and Arabic

I love reading, writing, soccer (Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Bayer 04 Leverkusen fan), cats, and cupcakes. Some of my favorite TV/Movies include Pretty Little Liars, Agent Carter, Law & Order: SVU, and all things Captain America, Star Wars and Disney.

Regarding my extracurricular activities, I’m part of the Muslim Student Association, Debate club, and Sigma Tau Delta at the University of Michigan-Flint.

For your formatting inquiries: I’m good with MLA formatting; currently trying to get the hang of APA.

Lizzy Spoelman

Writing Tutor

I am always so excited to come to the Writing Center and meet with students because it is such a great opportunity for me to learn more about the world I live in.

I grew up in Penang, Malaysia, where I spent much of my time enjoying the delicious foods they have there and hanging out with my buddies. However, four years ago I was called away from my home to begin the journey of higher education. So I packed up and moved to Flint. It’s been an exciting adjustment getting to know the Flint and Michigan area. I love learning new things and meeting new people. While going to school, I’ve had opportunities to work and travel in countries like Wales, Israel, Korea, Cambodia, Singapore, and England, to name a few.

Some of my favorite things are taking naps, NPR, Cowboy Bebop, dad jokes, Malaysia, Death Note, yummy food, the Beatles, traveling, and playing Race for the Galaxy.

Favorite Appointments: ESL/EFL students, TCP coursework, Economics papers

Writing Experience: Lesson plans, Unit plans

Anne Trelfa

Writing Tutor

Anne Trelfa is participating in the Masters program for English Language and Literature with a Composition and Rhetoric concentration.  Besides academic writing, she writes creatively in her spare time and submits to journals in hopes of eventually finding homes for some of her wayward work.  Trelfa is also working on journalistic pieces for a local magazine and is an editor for our campus literary magazine. 


Trelfa is a Leo, part of a large family and loves the arts.  She treasures used books and records more than new ones, although she won’t turn down new ones either… Trelfa can eat Mediterranean food every single day without complaint.  She is a night person and a morning person, but not a middle of the day kind of person.  Trelfa has a strong internal sense that middles of the day are for dreaming.  

Morgan Troxell

Writing Tutor

Hi, I’m Morgan. I’m double majoring in English with a specialization in literature and professional communication. Additionally, I’m working on obtaining a TESOL Certification, so I can travel and teach English abroad. I’m in the process of learning French and have an interest in learning other languages as well. I’m a firm believer in the old adage: when life hands you bagpipes, play them. Because you never know. You just might be made for that particular music making. Or, if you’re like me, you…well…might not be (I know. The picture is deceiving). The point is, I’ve had the most enlightening moments outside my comfort zone. Unless we are talking about the brief time I have spent on roller coasters. I do not like roller coasters. Otherwise, the space outside one’s comfort zone, which I’m going to call the "danger zone" (one takes the highway to get there), is where one realizes what he or she is made of, whether it is bagpipe material or of the daring pilot sort. Over the years, as a writing center consultant at Delta College’s Writing, Reading, Information, and Technology Center and, currently, as a tutor at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center (where the motto is: when life hands one papers, one reads them), I’ve discovered I have a fervent love of prewriting, creative writing, and if I, myself, were an essay, I would, hands down, be formatted in MLA. These things will forever have a locker in my heart next to lonely long walks on the beach and getting lost with company.  

Gavin Vance

Writing Tutor

Psychology Major, Professional/Technical Writing Minor

Languages: English (Proficient), Some Spanish

Favorite appointments: Writing/Revision

Writing Experience: Theory Class, Tutor Position

My name is Gavin Vance and I’m writing this elevator pitch for myself as a writing tutor in the MEW Writing Center. Are you sold yet? Uhhh. I like Psychology, which is why it’s my major, and I like writing which is why I’m here. Here as in the Writing Center, in case that was unclear. I also like to play music, so I suppose that’s why I spend time doing that. I can also spout myriads of uninteresting and insignificant facts about movies. Do you know the name of the Cantina band from Star Wars? Of course you don’t, you probably have something meaningful to be doing.

I do very much enjoy working and collaborating with people on ideas, which coincidentally, is a valued attribute to being a writing tutor. It’s not actually coincidental, that was a joke. Anyway, I’m deeply interested in, or can become easily intrigued by a great variance of topics so just in case you you thought I’d read your paper on underwater basket weaving and think “ew this is boring”, I totally won’t.

As far the content of my character, I’m not really sure which characteristics say the most about me. I try to give off the impression that I’m laid back and I can’t tell if it’s working. I also have an extremely difficult time describing myself for fear of sounding too pretentious or self deprecating, but if I shoot for the middle, I just sound boring. Oh the downfalls of inaction. I think I like to be helpful and I try to be altruistic about my intentions. I’ve even held different tutoring positions before this one, so perhaps this is evidence of my willingness to be helpful. But I also drink milk straight out of the carton, so, y’know.

Scott Russell

Writing Center Coordinator

There’s no excuse for me. There is only an explanation. Sadly, the explanation doesn’t make much sense and isn’t taken seriously. It reads like the pitch for a 1950s sci-fi movie about giant grasshoppers devouring Illinois (The Beginning of The End even had a place in the script where the main characters implore the army colonel in charge to keep an open mind because what they have to tell him is NUTS!). That means I wind up making excuses for the explanation and might as well give up and settle for being inexcusable.

I guess the point I’m trying to make is that we probably never know ourselves: whatever I might say to you about myself is so highly suspect, so potentially biased, that you shouldn’t even bother reading it. And if I try to be highly negative in reaction to my bias, I go too far the other way and make up just as much fiction (which might be deceptively compelling for its illusion of blunt honesty). Let us just say that I am a writer and given an empty page I will fill it with all manner of nonsense because I can’t help myself.

Jacob Blumner

Director, Marian. E. Wright Writing Center

Major: Life

Class: Beginner

Languages: American

Citation Style: I’m most comfortable with MLA, but I’m okay with APA and know how to find answers to the questions I don’t know.

Favorite Appointments: My own

Biography: Jacob Blumner has been known to bike, fish, hike, camp, woodwork, sew, hug trees, and get sucked into Internet rabbit holes. He also has been known to write and read on occasion. He also has been teaching writing and working in writing centers for a long time.

Admiral Clawson

WC Mascot, The Lobster

To be or not to be?  That is a serious question for a crustacean.  Is it better to lounge in the sea for days on end, evading predators from above and below, or would it be better to seek out a noble demise? This question has plagued me of late and the choices are definitive and difficult, to say the least.  On one claw, I could ascribe to the similar tactics of my neighbor, Hermit, he lives a solitary life, but one he seems most pleased with.  Were I to ponder an alternate path, it may be prudent to join the less adept, the ones who are ensconced in the traverses that speed them to the surface, where they will entices palates and grace tables.  But alas, this query is all for not! I am merely a sheaf of paper, festooned in blazing rouge, a mere element or adornment added to this glorious display. Yet, am I detecting notes of iconery?!  My stars and garters! I shant hang my head, nor bemoan my fate, for I am The Lobster. The WC Lobster! 

Written By Sarah Keyser-Brown