Meet our staff!

Fall 2016 Writing Consultants

Nick

Studio Consultant

I am a second year English MA student. I spend most of my time researching and writing about the Middle Ages and Owen Barfield. Before coming to MTSU, I taught high school English for four years and have enjoyed working alongside students during the writing process. In her book, The Writing Life, Annie Dillard best sums up my approach to writing: "Get to work. Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief that keeps you and your desk in midair." 
Gregory

Studio Consultant

 I am a Murfreesboro native who earned my BA in English at MTSU and I am currently working toward my MA. At the moment, my primary area of interest is the literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, along with contemporary medievalism. One thing we can learn from such texts is that everything has a purpose and a structure which serves that purpose. Through study, you can learn to find the purpose and structure of everything you read, and then learn to create and mold it in your own writing as well.
 
Savannah

Studio Consultant

My dog inspires me to write; my cat inspires me to edit.
Austin

Multimedia Specialist

Austin is studying global studies and public relations, but don’t let that fool you into thinking he can’t English. He believes writing is one of the most powerful skills a person can have, and wishes to foster the development (and appreciation) of good writing in all its forms. Austin primarily writes academic work and poetry and has some background in the Arabic language. His writing heroes are Allen Ginsberg, Dan Campbell, Oscar Wilde, and Elliott Smith.
Kelsey

Studio Consultant 

Just getting started can be the biggest step in any writing. My approach to writing is best stated by Louis L'Amour: "Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on." Don't overthink what you want to say. Get the words down on paper before editing.
 Alexis

Studio Consultant

In reference to words, Virginia Woolf once said, “Of course, you can catch them and sort them and place them in alphabetical order in dictionaries. But words do not live in dictionaries, they live in the mind.”  As someone with secondary teaching experience who enjoys writing both academically and creatively, I fully understand how intimidating it can be to string words together in a way that is both eloquent and meaningful for readers.  However, I am a firm believer that the key to conquering this anxiety is to view writing not as an elaborate puzzle you must solve, but as an opportunity to state your own unique views and opinions.  There’s no denying that the technical rules of writing are important, but they only exist as a way to help you foster something that is already distinctively your own: your voice.  Come to the writing center.  Let me help you find yours.
Dominique
Program Coordinator 
Scott Fitzgerald said it best: “You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.”
Rachel

Studio Consultant

Although I am very quiet in person, I am quite the opposite when it comes to transferring thoughts onto paper. Writing is where I found my voice, and where I find the most productive way to express any thoughts, opinions, or ideas. I love writing and producing works, but I find most of my joy in helping others improve their own works. The writing process can be tedious, but with the help offered here, I am sure that the work will be fun and painless! 

“Write while the heat is in you… The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.” —Henry David Thoreau

Corey

Multimedia Specialist

I earned my BA in English at MTSU and I am currently pursuing my MA. I am incredibly passionate about film, television, literature and utilizing writing to achieve a deeper appreciation and understanding of these mediums. I believe that the expression of our thoughts and ideas through the act of writing is one of the most beautiful and vital art forms in our world. I look forward to helping students gain the confidence they need to become great writers and discover their own passion for writing.
Toni

Studio Consultant

Toni is an English MA student with a houseful of children and books.  She believes that the hardest, but most important, parts of writing are beginning and organizing.  She also believes, with C.S. Lewis, “to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.”  Although Toni’s current interests are Victorian literature and culture, children’s literature, and Greek myth, they multiply daily.  She would rather be reading than doing most anything else.  Some of her favorite authors include Robert Louis Stevenson, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Shirley Jackson, Agatha Christie, and John Grisham; those also multiply daily. 
William

Studio Consultant

William is a Junior working towards a bachelor's in English with a concentration in writing. He is a transfer student from Volunteer State Community College where he studied Theatre. He is a member of the University Honors College and currently studying Japanese with plans to study abroad in Japan summer of 2017. He specializes in prose and screenwriting, but he enjoys academic essays and helping you with your papers! He recently became obsessed with Impressionism and has allowed the reading of Impressionist writers to absorb all of his free time. When he's not banging out a short story while listening to Earl Sweatshirt, you can find him in the gym or reading under a tree.
Stacey
Studio Consultant
Stacey believes in every writer’s right to his or her own language. He believes that better writing means conveying ideas with more clarity. This leads to a better understanding between cultures, nations, races and people. 
Wyatt

Studio Consultant

 

Wyatt is a fourth year Literary Studies major and writing minor. His areas of interest survey a large portion of the western literary cannon, particularly the modern and post-modern periods. He enjoys working with writers of every discipline and skill level, seeing his work in the Writing Center as a collaborative experience that will reinforce his future career aspirations.

Andrew
Studio Consultant
Andrew is a Master's student in English at MTSU, having previously received his BA in English (Summa Cum Laude) at Oklahoma Baptist University. He has worked as a Writing and Subject Tutor at the Milburn Student Success Center (as an undergraduate), as a freelance reporter for the Okemah News Herald, and as a teacher at the Academy of Classical Christian Studies in Oklahoma City. 
Bridget

Program Coordinator

Bridget is an MA student interested in studying Writing Center theory and African & Native American literatures. She has an affinity for cats and ‘70s music. You can find her wearing a flowered kimono or one of her favorite band shirts in the UWC, where she enjoys working collaboratively with writers on anything and everything from lab reports to thesis chapters.
Amy

Multimedia Specialist 

Amy is a third year doctoral student. Her areas of interest are rhetoric and children's literature. She wrote her first novel when she was twelve. It was about dragons.
Caroline

Multimedia Specialist

Caroline is a Master’s student of English currently wrapping up her thesis before embarking on her doctoral degree. As well as assisting writers as a consultant in the writing center, she also teaches composition courses at the undergraduate level. Caroline loves all things concerning writing and reading and thrives on working with students and peers on their work.
Hayley

Multimedia Specialist  

Hayley is a first-year student in the English M.A. program. She has two years of prior experience in the writing center at Martin Methodist College and enjoys working with multilingual writers. Her other interests include modernism, Southern lit, film studies, and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. 
Elizabeth

Multimedia Specialist

 

Elizabeth is a first year Master's student in English and is brand new to the University Writing Center.  She loves to read and is fond of an eclectic mix of genres from historical biographies to horror; she counts Stephen King, Louisa May Alcott, Edgar Allen Poe, and Dan Brown as her favorite authors.  Her main strengths are in writing fiction and short plays, but she is highly skilled in writing academic papers as well.  She specializes in nineteenth century American literature, but can often be heard discussing various Game of Thrones fan theories and the merits of horror films.  Elizabeth plans to eventually complete a Ph.D and win a Pulitzer Prize with her future bestseller entitled What Not to Do in College based on her numerous exploits as a professional student.  Meanwhile, she is eager and readily available to assist you in strengthening your writing skills in order to gain confidence in your ability to write successfully!  
Jenn

Studio Consultant

 Jenn has a master's degree in European history and is now pursuing her English Ph.D. with a focus on medievalism and popular culture.  Her research interests include dead people and dead languages, Marvel superheroes, fan fiction, and geek culture.
Jency

Studio Consultant

Jency is a PhD student with a passion for American literature. Her primary academic interests are in the literature of the 20th century. She firmly believes that writing well begins with an open mind and the knowledge that there’s always room for improvement. She also firmly believes that coffee helps. 
Hillary 

Program Coordinator

 Hillary is a 2nd year English Ph.D Candidate with interests in American Literature and Composition and Rhetoric. I love to talk about writing with fellow writers (and guess what – we’re all writers!) so I hope we can chat soon about your project together.
Matthew 

Studio Consultant

 

 

 

Administrative Staff

For general questions about Writing Center services, scheduling, or resources, please call (615) 904-8237.

 Name Position Phone Number Email 
Dr. Bené Cox Director (615) 898-2921 Bene.Cox@mtsu.edu
Caty Chapman Associate Director (615) 494-8930 Caty.Chapman@mtsu.edu
Dr. James Hamby   Assistant Director (615) 494-8932  James.Hamby@mtsu.edu

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