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Office Phone

(615) 904-8237

Location

Walker Library, Room 362

Email

uwcenter@mtsu.edu

Address:
The Writing Center
Box 70
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Staff

Fall 2015 Writing Consultants

Amy Amy was born with a very loud voice. She continues to use her voice every day, and mobilizes our living language through written, spoken, and visual texts. Amy hopes to help others empower themselves by encouraging better relationships with the writing process.
Austin 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.
Brandyn Brandyn is a second year masters' student with both writing center and English 1010 teaching experience. He knows firsthand that the writing process is long and complicated, but can also be extremely rewarding. He looks forward to helping students along their writing journey. Outside of the writing center, Brandyn’s research interests include American Naturalism, American Gothic Studies, and Ecocriticism.
Bridget My writing interests include basic composition, where I can help with everything from thesis statements to organization. Crafting an excellent piece of writing can be started with a belief, a statement, or even a single word. Let me help you create your excellent piece of writing!
Capron Hello all. My name is Capron and I enjoy working with students who want to make effective arguments in their writing. Language is a powerful tool and harnessing the strengths of your own ideas is just as important and meaningful as responding to the ideas of others. Come see me if you need some friendly guidance!
Caroline Caroline is wrapping up her Master's degree in English, and is in her seventh semester as a writing consultant. She loves all things related to reading, research, and writing, especially helping students develop their skills in all three. 
Cheryl  Cheryl is a second year Master's student working on her thesis. Though her focus is pop culture, she enjoys literature, film, and television in a variety of genres. Her favorites include science fiction, comic books, horror, and thriller/mystery. She is also a bit of a nerd, with a penchant for research in a number of fields. She is known to watch documentaries with her laptop open so she can check their facts and run background on the "experts". She believes learning to write effectively is essential for everyone as it is a skill that is fundamental to many academic, professional, and personal endeavors. Writing is a powerful tool that can be used to inform, persuade, or explore. Writing is limited only by your imagination.
David David is a first-year student in the English, M.A. program.  His writing interests include 20th Century literature, modernism and postmodernism, rhetoric and speeches, and creative works.  Before coming to MTSU, he served Tennessee Wesleyan College as both a writing center tutor and an editor for the school’s annual literary arts magazine.
Diana  With a firm belief in the power of written language, an arsenal of post-it notes, and enough colored pens to make the writing process both colorful and enjoyable, Diana happily composes all those research papers she has due (and is happy to help with yours too).
Dominique F. Scott Fitzgerald said it best: "You don't write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say." 
Erica I'm a third year PhD student studying Victorian Literature and 19th century American Literature. I'm also extremely interested in children's and adolescent literature. As a student who is only months away from dissertation time, I can attest to and understand the anxiety that writing causes. Even though I basically want to write papers for my career, I fall apart every time I'm given a new assignment even if it's only 2 pages long. The good thing about writing, though, is practice really does make perfect, so if you get discouraged, just keep writing! Coming to visit us at the Writing Center wouldn't hurt either!
Gregory Gregory is a Murfreesboro native who earned his BA in English at MTSU and is currently working toward his MA. Gregory's primary area of study is the literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as contemporary medievalism in popular culture. Some of his favorite modern authors are Charles Dickens, George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Gregory's writing style can be summed up best by the phrase "write deliberately," as he emphasizes a clear sense of purpose and structure in his writing.
Greta Writing is a messy process that tends to be recursive in nature. In other words, the end is the beginning is the end.
Heather Writing, for me, has always been a way to creatively express myself to others both through professional and personal avenues. Particular strengths within writing include brainstorming, outlining, composition especially in connection to creative and academic writing. 
Hillary Writing and the writing process is something that I’m very passionate about, and I’m really excited about going on that journey with you as a fellow writer. I love to talk about writing with writers (and guess what – we’re all writers!) so I can’t wait to meet you in a session!
Israel  I hold a B.A. in English and Theatre, an M.A. in English, Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies, and presently I am an ABD (all but dissertation) Ph.D. candidate working on my dissertation. My areas of research include modern and twentieth century British and Anglophone and postcolonial literatures, with a main focus in Australian and Pacific Island Indigenous literatures. I am also teaching English 1020 and working in the writing center.
 Jenn 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.  
Jessica Jessica is a 4th year Ph.D. student studying critical theory and 21st century British literature. She is currently working on her dissertation. She believes that writing is a personal endeavor and that each person must find their own path to a writing process. Everyone can be a writer. As Sylvia Plath said, "And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt."
Jonny Jonathan W. Thurston "Howl" is a Master's student in English at MTSU. He specializes in Animal Studies and runs his own publishing house. In his free time, he teaches ballroom dance and writes fiction. His house is inhabited by six pets presently: a dog who thinks she's a cat, two cats who think our books are their beds, a rabbit who thinks our books are food, a snake who doesn't like his head touched, and a tarantula who wants to eat all the other animals of the house.
Jordan Jordan is in her junior year of undergrad at MTSU. She is studying French and English with hopes of becoming a teacher, specifically an ESL teacher. Her desire is to give you the confidence to express yourself in all of your writing endeavors. 
Joseph Joseph McFatridge is working on a M.A. degree in English and is excited to work in MTSU's Writing Center. Outside of writing formal essays, Joseph enjoys blogging and writing poetry.
Kenna I am a PhD student and life-long popular culture nerd with a passion for horror movies and comic books. As a writing consultant, I am here to help you bring your thoughts and ideas to fruition on paper in the best possible way. Neil Gaiman articulated my writing philosophy best when he said, “Write. Finish things. Keep writing.” 
Lava I am second year Ph.D student. I would love to work with you on your projects and assignments. I can help you with research and essay writings. I am here to also help talking with you if you have difficulties in writing in general and need someone to share with. If you are an ELS student, I would be more than happy to work with you and provide feedback. 
Matt Matt likes big ideas that cause big arguments and the big thinkers that have them. He knows that there is never an answer to those questions, only another theory on how to approach it. He would like to discuss these questions with you and help you put the ideas your form about them on paper. In his free time he likes basketball, reading, and managing existential crises.
Megan  I am a third-year PhD student studying Composition & Rhetoric and Folklore.  This means my biggest passions are teaching, writing, and storytelling.  It took me years of experience writing papers to come up with a process that works for me.  I'm eager to help you find strategies that work for you!
Rachel I'm a second-year M.A. student who strongly believes that writing is a window into the self. Favorite subjects include poetry, fiction of many kinds and eras, philosophy, science, and any critical thinking (and arguments!) that get us a step closer toward understanding the world around us. I'm here to help you untangle your thoughts and put them onto paper, and encourage you every step of your writing process. Ray Bradbury summed it up nicely when he said "That's the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.
Sarah Sarah is completing work on her dissertation focusing on American Gothic literature while teaching courses in composition and literature. Though teaching literature is her first love, teaching composition and all things related to writing and research come in a close second, and she loves the opportunity to work with students one-on-one to help them build their writing and research skills.
Savanna T. My writing philosophy is inspired by the works of Roald Dahl. Words can be conveyed through a myriad of ways to express the whole breadth of human experience, both the positive and the negative aspects. I want my writing, whether my fiction or my academic work, to give my readers a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.
Savannah B. I write for a chance at the perfection life can never offer. To me, writing a piece of poetry, a story, a play, or even a paper, is one of the most extravagant vacations I can imagine.
Sherayah I am an English major, who enjoys a good cup of tea, spending time with friends, and almost anything Sherlock Holmes. I was a writing center tutor at Vol State for two years before transferring to MTSU. Being a writing tutor allows me to fulfill one of my biggest passions: helping students become better writers and communicators in both their academic work and everyday lives. With each session, I strive for a creative, fun, and collaborative learning opportunity for everyone who is involved.
StarShield As an M.A. student at MTSU, StarShield's and loves writing and reading poetry and writing creatively in general. She approaches each tutoring session as an individual moment to work with the student where he or she is at in the writing process. She thrives on helping students realize their own potential as writers which brings them to the next level in their work. Writing, like most things in life, is a process and takes practice. The goal is to be aware of where you are and deciding where you want to go next.
Traci Traci is a huge nerd for all things fairy tales and graphic novels. She is a firm believer that there is no such thing as a perfect piece of writing, and enjoys working with others to find ways to grow and improve people's writing skills.
Will B.  Will enjoys writing creatively.  He has a very flexible tutoring philosophy, and thrives on bringing students to the next level with their work.  To him, all written work is in process.  The goal is to keep clarifying and sophisticating.  It’s a never-ending battle.
Will U.  My experience as an English student and teacher has taught me that writing well, like living well, is a process-- a slow sorting of what is important and a shedding of ego-- during which the more we learn, the more we know there is to learn. Papa Hemingway: "We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master."

 

 

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 Assistant Director (615) 494-8930 C.Chapman@mtsu.edu
Dr. James Hamby   Assistant Director, UWC & GTA Coordination    (615) 494-8932  James.Hamby@mtsu.edu

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