Pooja Shah, Writing Tutor

Hey! My name is Pooja and I'm an International Graduate student. I study literature and I drink coffee all the time. I've been a tutor at the center since Winter 2019, and I would love to help you with your papers. 

I like to play chess and sometimes I'll let you win.

I'm sorry, I mean sometimes can you let me win? 


Other interests include sketching, cricket (the sport), breaking into songs at the most inappropriate times, and crying during TV shows.


Oh, I also like to travel, so much that I bounce continents. 


Uche Agbo, Writing Tutor

My name is


I cook. I write. I read. And I am here to help you write better.

I am always here Thursdays from 11am-2pm.

Reese Gunn, Writing Tutor

Hey there! My name is Reese and I am in my junior year studying Anthropology. My favorite appointments in the writing center include brainstorming, helping writers to better address their assignments, and formatting. Outside of the Center, I absolutely love to travel as well as being outdoors. I have backpacked across the state, recently traveled to Europe, and have plans to travel to south Asia this summer. In my free time, I pace throughout the hallways on campus, look for cheap flights, and refresh blackboard religiously. Stop in and say hi! I’d love to hear about your recent adventures or help you book a trip on the cheap.

Lauren Purdy, Writing Tutor


Hello! My name is Lauren, and I am a tutor at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. I am a double major in Mechanical Engineering and English Writing, and I will graduate when I choose 

to. I love to discuss most things under the sun with passionate people, and I jump at the opportunity to travel. I am very blunt by nature, but I’ll try to be nice. I love being a part of the Writing Center for the opportunity to learn new things along the way from any person I encounter.

Marwa Tahboub, Writing Tutor


Majors: Professional Communication, Psychology 


Hey! I’m Marwa, and I’m a writing tutor at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. I’m a professional communication and psychology major, and I plan to graduate in 2021. I’m also a Research Assistant in the UM-Flint Forensic/Legal Psychology Lab. In my free time, (when I actually have some free time) I paint, read, and write. I love the UM-Flint Writing Center because its a place to share new ideas and meet people who also want to become better writers.

Amanda Seney, Writing Tutor


Hi!  My name is Amanda Seney.  I like plaid, hot beverages, and being outside (preferably all at the same time).  I also find knitting and Spongebob Squarepants pretty compelling. I’m here at UM Flint to (finally) finish my BA in English-Writing and Anthropology.  I love all kinds of writing. And talking about writing. And talking to writers. And reading things writers have written. You know what would be great?  You should come see me at the Writing Center, so I can have more writers to talk to! You would be doing my family a favor.

Hanna Schian, Writing Tutor


Hello, person looking at Writing Center bios, my name is Hanna Schian. I am the one of the Writing Center’s resident gingers, as well a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. I have strong English skills and extensive experience with historical and argumentative writing heavy on research and analysis. I have knowledge of common formats such as MLA, APA, and Chicago. If you need advice for formulating a thesis statement or finding sources for your upcoming research paper, I can help!

Some of my interests outside of my majors are playing the violin, biology, and working with other writers to hone our craft.

Jordyn Alger, Writing Tutor


Jordyn, reporting for duty. Yes, that’s spelled with a ‘Y.’ Don’t ask me ‘Y.’ 


If you like puns, Pokémon, Pac-Man, or fun plays on alliteration, then I think we’ll be great friends! I’m an English major with a specialization in writing and a minor in Spanish, and I’m always looking to learn new things. When I’m not learning, I like to read, write, and listen to music. Sometimes I even work out, but I’ve been allowing myself a cheat day since 2017. If you have any questions about your writing, I can’t promise I have all the answers, but we can have a good time figuring it out together! 


P.S: Did you know Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird were played by the same man? If you want more strange yet delightful facts, come on down to the Marian E. Wright Writing Center!

Logan Garner, Writing Tutor

"Hi everyone! I'm Logan and I'm a tutor here at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. I'm a English-Writing and History double major, and I expect to graduate in Fall 2020. When I'm not studying or working here in the center, I enjoy spending time with my friends, hanging out with my awesome cat, and playing video games. I love the M.E.W. because I've made amazing friends through the center, and work with people who genuinely want to help others improve their work as writers. I look forward to working with you!"

Jacqui Gilbert, Writing Tutor


Hi there! My name is Jacqui, pronounced the same as Jackie, but it’s cool with me if you pronounce it like “Ja-kwee.” I’m in my last year here at the University, as I graduate in December 2020. I’ve been studying several things! Here’s a mostly complete list:

Major: English

Minors: Dance, linguistics  

Certificate in TESOL

Even though my focus is artsy and communicative, I am curious about everything, so no matter what your paper is, I’d love to look at it with you!  You may have also seen me around the library, as I work there as well. I have a lot of things I want to be when I grow up, but I plan to use my TESOL certificate to teach abroad first. 

 In my free time, I am a cat mom, succulent enthusiast, and a connoisseur of bad puns and whole memes. I also dabble in swing dancing. 


“Let us read and let us dance, for these two amusements shall never do any harm to the world”


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! I’m Hannah. 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.

Outside of being a tutor, I’m also a front desk worker in the residence halls here on campus. My hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, and cracking dad jokes. Come on 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.

How to Become a Tutor

How to Become a Tutor

From Director Jacob Blumner-

There are four basic requirements to enroll in this course:

1) You must have completed English 112 or its equivalent.

2) You must have a faculty member nominate you.  A nomination is simply an email to me stating you would be a good candidate for the course; it does not need to be a letter of recommendation.

3) You must provide a writing sample, preferably something academic.

4) Read the following explanation of the course:

English 363/563 is a course designed to prepare writers to become tutors in the Marian E. Wright Writing Center.  Because the course fulfills a requirement for undergraduates and graduates, I have no expectation that students in the course intend to become tutors.  The course covers both the theory and practice of tutoring and how they are applied in our Writing Center.  In the course you will write at least three short papers and one longer, research paper that takes theory and finds a way to apply it in the M.E.W Writing Center.  You can expect the workload to be equivalent to other 300/500 level courses.

One part of the course, unusual to English courses, is an observation component, akin to a lab in science.  You will need to observe in the Writing Center once a week for a 2-hour block.  There is some flexibility with when you can observe, but I need to assign you to a mentor tutor, so you need to have some time available during open Writing Center hours.  You will keep a notebook of your observations.  Additionally, I am considering incorporating a community outreach component into the course that would involve limited tutoring in the community for just a few hours over the course of the term.  This additional time would be offset with some time off of the practicum in the Writing Center.

I encourage you to talk to current tutors in the Writing Center to learn more about the class and working in the Center. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I can be reached via email at blumner@umich.edu or by phone at 810-762-0655.

Course Description for: ENG 363/563 - Seminar in Collaborative Writing Theory and Practice

Consent of instructor - 4 credits. This class is offered in fall semesters only.

The Seminar in Collaborative Writing Theory and Practice allows students interested in tutoring to study the theory and practice of a university writing center. Through discussion, practice, and observation, you will begin to make connections between theory and practice to develop your own tutoring skills.  Two hours of observation in the Writing Center per week is required in addition to class periods.  ENG 363/563 is taught every fall semester.