Dan Plamondon

Writing Tutor


Howdy Bub! 

I’m Dan, the one and only Kentuckian here in the writing center. When I’m not tutoring, count on me to be inexpertly playing piano, throwing a Frisbee, or struggling to fix my computer.

 I’ll also willingly dive into any and all discussions on Hemingway, Dickens, or Robbie Burns, preferably with some folk music on in the background.

While I always give my full and complete attention to any paper that crosses my path, I’m also the lone History major working at the center and can therefore offer additional commiseration for fellow history, archeology, and anthropology folks. 

Regardless of your paper’s topic, stop by the writing center and I’ll be excited to work and learn with you!

Olivia Miller

Writing Tutor

My name is Olivia and I am a writing tutor. I am a transfer student currently working towards my bachelor’s degree in human biology with a pre-physician’s assistant concentration and a minor in English TCP.


My greatest motivation in life is the fact that I am a mom to two sweet, and sometimes sour, toddlers. When I get a break from changing diapers and seemingly endless homework assignments, I enjoy reading, writing, and watching an inappropriate amount of television.


My favorite kind of writing includes personal statements and creative writing, but I also enjoy helping with pre-writing. I understand APA and MLA formatting and can offer my assistance in those areas… with a little help from Purdue OWL, of course.


I hope to see you in the writing center!

Patrick Bitterman

Writing Tutor


They say that good writing is clear, concise, and to the point, so I’m gonna try that with my bio here:


Patrick, senior, english major, drawing minor, cat person, plays guitar and drums

loudly. Can help with creative writing research projects argumentative essays, and more.


There. Looks like poetry, doesn’t it? Of course, you may not be able to use sentence fragments so freely for the sake of brevity in your formal research paper, but we’ll go over that during your appointment.

I work weekends here at the storied Marian E Wright Writing Center, so bring in whatever you’re working on, whether it’s for class or for yourself, and I’ll look it over. Be as confident in your writing as you are in whatever you are passionate about.


Caty Mraz

Writing Tutor

I'm currently a senior here at U of M Flint and I'm majoring in Communication, with a cognate in English.

I'm a writer at heart, with far too vivid an imagination for my own good. I've filled countless notebooks and Word documents with my stories, and if it says anything about how much I love writing, I would always get in trouble in school for writing too much when I should have been paying attention. 

If I'm not here at the Writing Center, I'm studying for classes or working my other job, or probably working on some over the top, fantastical story. Or I could be cuddling with my dog, any of the above. 


I've done NaNoWriMo for at least 6 years now and there's no putting a stop to that train either. If I had to define myself, I'm an artist all around; I draw and I play the flute, and I read books quite regularly. I look forward to meeting lots of different people and learning new things and broadening my horizons, so don't be afraid to make an appointment with me either face-to-face or online!

Darlene Carey

Writing Tutor

Hiya! Before I get into the particularly characteristic habit of not saying my name close to the beginning of when I briefly introduce myself, I am Darlene Carey. I’m the writing center tutor that wears a hat. If I happen not, because of some rare celestial happening, I just may become completely unrecognizable to all that inquire. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan-Flint in the Masters of English Language and Literature program. I also have a Secondary Education certification (English and Communications) and a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Philosophy. I grew up with wonderful storytellers and try to honor that through creatively writing. I am glad the writing center affords me to meet and hear from fellow storytellers. Hats off to all that come see me!

Luther Houle

Writing Tutor

Beep beep


It’s me: Luther. I’m a senior studying writing here at UM-Flint. Some things I care deeply about are mugs, personal pizzas, skeletons, and brownish colors. I am big into music genres like Jazz-Folk and Future-Funk, and am an absolute wizard on the trombone, piano, and recorder. Besides working for the Center, I also write articles for East Village Magazine, and slice loaves in a deli. When I’m not makin that bakin, I like to chill out with a book or movie, and a hot cup of something herbal.


Come into the writing center, and I’ll do my best to help you dab on the haters and be the best writer you can be.

De'Brayah Dukes

Writing Tutor

Hi, my name is De’Brayah, and I am a mystery to many. I always leave people second guessing about me. One thing that no one has to think twice about is my writing ability. I have been writing for five years, and I specialize in creative and argumentative writing. Yet, I am happy to help with anything that you come to the writing center with; I love a challenge. Hope to see you there.  

Sarah Kenny

Writing Tutor

Hello! My name is Sarah K. and I'm a recent graduate of UM-Flint's English Language and Literature Master's Program. As a tutor, I enjoy working on just about everything—from your ENG 111 papers to graduate papers, to scholarship application essays, resumes and more! In my spare time, I enjoy reading and writing all types of things. I'm a tv connoisseur in my free time and enjoy the finer things in life like memes, pictures of animals, and really lame jokes. Come visit me in the Writing Center!

Tyrice Denson

Writing Tutor

Major: Political Science

Hi my name is Tyrice. I am a Junior here at the University of Michigan-Flint. My major is political science and after receiving my degree I will be moving on to law school. I am new to the Marian E. Wright Writing Center, but I was a tutor at Mott Community College’s Writing Center for two years. The experience of assisting writers is truly an enjoyable one. Outside of the Writing Center World, sports play a major role in my life and I love meeting new people. I’m looking forward to the many great appointments that I’m sure to have working with students at the University of Michigan-Flint.

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!

Laura Griglak

Writing Tutor

Greetings! I, Laura, began my journey at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center (M.E.W.) in the Fall of 2018. I am a graduate student in the English Language and Literature program, and I got involved at M.E.W. in my starting semester. I had the privilege of working as a tutor at the Tutoring Learning Center at my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and once a tutor, always a tutor!


When I’m not doing school, I work as a professional dog trainer. The beasts you see in my picture are A.J. (left) and Sawyer (right), my babies. Now, remember . . . I am a writing tutor here at M.E.W., not a dog tutor. No puppy problems permitted (at least, not during your tutoring session).


Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me! I look forward to working with you on your journey to become a better writer!

Hannah (A.K.A. Cricket) Clark

Writing Tutor

Hello! Hannah, here. My name is spelled the same forwards and backwards, which is known as a palindrome. If you couldn’t tell from that sentence alone, I’m an English major with a specialization in writing. I am also pursuing a minor in Spanish, as well as a TESOL certificate. The TESOL certificate allows me to teach English in foreign countries. This is my second year at the university.

Outside of being a tutor, I’m also a resident advisor in First Street Residence Hall. My hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, and cracking dad jokes. I have so much random knowledge in my head, sometimes it just pops out at random times, so if I’m suddenly discussing the Greek pantheon of gods or the fact that it’s illegal to hunt whales in Ohio, don’t mind me. I enjoy swimming (when I can breathe), walking in the woods (when I can breathe), and playing baseball (when I can breathe). I have asthma, if you couldn’t tell. I’m also lactose intolerant, but cheese is my one weakness in this mortal plane, so I don’t let that hold me back.

I’m in the center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so come in and deal with my awkward personality for a while, and who knows, I might even help you become a better writer in the process.

P.S. They call me Cricket because I can chirp like one. It’s an amazing talent to have in really boring lectures.


Vicky Dawson

Writing Center Coordinator


Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in writing 2004, Master's in English, Composition and Rhetoric, 2013

Languages: English, APA, and MLA

I am thrilled to be the Writing Center coordinator. I started my writing center journey in 2002 as a tutor, but as I pursued life and my two degrees, I have come and gone from the Writing Center a few times. My most recent endeavor was as an instructor and EHS coordinator for the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS). I have also worked as a project coordinator for the Women’s Educational Center.

However, I came back to the Marian E. Wright Writing Center fall 2016. I was fortunate enough to be able to step into the very big shoes of my long time mentor and friend, Scott Russell—who retired after 28 years. I hope I can grow into a wise sage just like Scott, inspiring writers and tutors.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband, 2 children, and friends. I also enjoy hiking, kayaking, talking, reading, writing, and playing with my menagerie of critters at home--which include 2 dogs, two cats, and 3 crazy chickens.

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.