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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

"Pearl Jam. Motorcycles. 

And creative writing."

Caty Mraz

Writing Tutor

Major: Professional Communication

 

I'm currently a junior here at U of M Flint and recently transferred so I'm still getting used to things, but I'm really enjoying it here. 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 I don't see an end to that anytime soon. If it says anything about how much I love English and 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. 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 to name a few hobbies, 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!!

Angela Repke

Writing Tutor

Hi, everyone! My name is Angela, and despite being called “Mom” by two tutors already, I’m pretty stoked to be here. I love writing—everything about it energizes me. I taught high school English for nine years and am I currently earning a grad degree in English with a concentration in composition and rhetoric. I hope to teach at the collegiate level soon. I’m also a freelance writer making wads of money. Just kidding.

I have two raucous and lovable kids at home. They both keep me young while also creating more gray hairs on my head. I love running, travelling, and eating. With my Greek heritage, I’m always thinking about what I’ll cook next.

Come make an appointment with me—or anyone really. The writing center will help you become a better writer, and maybe, you’ll actually grow to like it.

Megan Groeneveld

Writing Tutor

Hi, I'm Megan. I'm a senior undergrad working towards an eventual MA in English. When I'm not doing homework or spending time with my two incredible sons, I'm usually reading, writing, drawing, cooking, working on remodeling my house, or listening to music (or some combination thereof). I'm passionate about Autism Spectrum Disorder awareness and advocacy, rescuing animals, and Social Distortion. I believe everyone has a story to tell, and the best part about working in the Writing Center is the chance to hear so many different stories and help their authors to tell them. I think in pictures, dream in color, and enjoy my verbal synesthesia to the fullest. I hope I have a chance to hear your story soon!

Hayden Iverson

Writing Tutor

Major- Professional Communications

 

Minor- Writing

 

Hello! I am currently a junior here at the university and am pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Communications. When I'm not working or working on homework I enjoy to binge watch "The Office", "Parks and Rec", and "New Girl". I have 2 kittens that I absolutely adore, but I'm NOT a crazy cat lady. I'm here to help with anything writing related and I love making conversations and getting to know people. Come to the Writing Center for a good time!

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!

Michael Curran

Writing Tutor

Major: Finance, Accounting

Hi, I am currently a junior here at UM-Flint.  I am majoring in both finance and accounting.  I enjoy working at the writing center because I love to help people with their writing.  My favorite ways to help include developing ideas and putting the finishing touches on papers and essays.  When I am not in the writing center, I enjoy playing and watching basketball, reading, traveling, listening to Frank Ocean, and spending time with my friends.

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 currently in my second year of UM-Flint's English Language and Literature Master's Program where I'm persuing a double concentration in literature and writing and rhetoric. I enjoy reading anything from classic lit to experimental short fiction, and I have a passion for both creative and academic writing. I'm a Netflix connoisseur in my free time and enjoy the finer things in life, like Buzzfeed quizzes, memes, and really lame jokes. Come visit me in the Writing Center!

Lauren 2.0

Writing Tutor

Hello. My name is Lauren 2.0.

I am a mechanical engineering major with many top functions, including a writing tutor mode. I work at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. I can also be found at the library circulation desk serving other student units. I am happy to help serve you with your writing input needs. I offer high capacity, listening capabilities, and complex circuitry for data analysis and feedback.

 

Natalie Shelton

Writing Tutor

Hi! My name is Natalie. I’m a sophomore here at U of M Flint and I’m majoring in English Education while minoring in French. I enjoy reading and writing anything and everything that involves creative writing. In my free time I take as many naps as I can, but if I’m feeling really productive I’m at yoga class. My top three favorite foods in oder are sushi, any type of sandwich, and pineapple pizza. I’m also above average at Harry Potter Trivia. Come see!

Sania Sajid

Writing Tutor

Hi! I'm Sania. I'm a sophomore at UM-Flint studying human biology with a concentration in the pre-medical studies. Along with English, I speak 2 other languages fluently: Urdu and Punjabi and I study French and Arabic. I enjoy working at the Writing Center because it gives me the opportunity to do what I love, which is learning about and discussing language and writing with all kinds of other writers. When I'm not in the writing center, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, baking, and napping. 

Hope to see you at the Writing Center soon!! 

Jordan Morrow

Writing Tutor

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Hi, I’m Jordan Edward Morrow. I’m currently pursuing my Bachelor of Arts in English—Writing Specialization here at UM-Flint.

I enjoy both reading and writing poems and have over a dozen poems published in literary magazines nationwide. I've also been a judge for poetry competitions and was awarded first place in the 2016 Sharon Naughton Poetry Award. In July 2017, I published my first book Nature of the Machine: a short story encoded within poetry.


Outside of writing, I love being home with my wife and all of our furry and scaly babies. I’m a big fantasy nerd and collect nerdy things, I really enjoy cheese and the smell of bread; I think video games are pretty sweet; and I like playing on the bass guitar.

Kate Williams

Writing Tutor

Major: Professional Communication

Hi, I'm Kate! I'm a communication major and human resource management minor. I love reading and writing, and I think that being able to write effectively is one of the most important skills a person can learn. One of my biggest passions is public speaking, so please come in and see me if you need help writing, preparing, or presenting a project or speech! In my spare time I love running, playing the flute, and working as a SCUBA instructor. To this day, one of my favorite memories is diving with whale sharks and manta rays in the Caribbean sea. 

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.

Taylor Hathon

Writing Tutor

English TCP, Math TCP minor

I am a senior here at the University, and I aspire to be a high school English and math teacher. I have always loved to read and write, yet time to write/read is little.  The most interesting book I have read is a play named Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco. I have been fascinated with existentialism ever since. I am also working on my first novel that highlights domestic violence/abuse.

Truthfully, whenever I have free time I either watch Netflix or take a nap. My favorite shows are Parks and Recreation, Friends, Young and Hungry and Psych. I love the color orange; in fact, my entire room is a pumpkin patch orange color. I tend to be introverted but I have extroverted tendencies.

Favorite Appointments: Invention/ pre-write, early drafts

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!

Sarah Mitchell

Writing Tutor

Major: English Graduate Program

Biography:

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.

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.   

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.

Vicky Dawson

Writing Center Coordinator

Degrees:

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 rejoining the Marian E. Wright Writing Center yet again, but this time as 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 has been 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, this is my fourth and hopefully last time working for the Writing Center—since I have found my permanent home here at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. This fall, I was fortunate enough to be able to step into the very big shoes of my long time mentor and friend, Scott Russell—who just recently retired after 28 years. I hope I can grow into a wise sage just like Scott, inspiring writers and tutors, but maybe without the long beard.

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, a rabbit, and 6 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.