Meet the writing consultants!
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Meet the peer writing consultants.
Charles Barber is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Writing with a minor in computer science. He is currently in the process of publishing some poetry and short stories which, he wrote here at MSU Denver as part of his course work.
Hello, my name is Aubrey, and I’m currently a junior at Metro, studying English, specifically professional writing. My degree here will lead the way for me to enter into the grant writing sector of business, which I am extremely excited to enter. But for now, I am a tutor in the writing center so I can help others navigate their way through their writing in a stress-free manner. I care so much about the education of others that I am extremely willing to help anyone that asks.
My writing philosophy is simple: write until you can no more, take a break, and come back to finish. This is the best piece of advice I’ve been given as a writer, and I think it’s important for others to know. So many people get frustrated with writing that sitting down for hours at a time is something that most don’t want to do. But, if you stick it out, and know when to walk away, writing gets much easier, and words tend to blend together less often. As a writer, I believe it’s most important to take many little steps to getting big projects, and even papers done. Splitting the work up into many easy tasks is a great way for not only the novice writer, but for the skilled one as well, to have a quick and efficient way to the finish line.
If I were to have a writing “super power” it would definitely be the ability of generating great new ideas for papers. I love exploring new topics every time a write, and because many people have a hard time coming up with ideas for papers, I believe this skill will come in handy throughout my work with students in the writing center.
I read everything, especially still being in school, but in my free time, I read a huge amount of fantasy. I love being swept away into magical lands where the laws of the real world may not apply. I love when my imagination flows freely, and fantasy is a great way to let go of all worldly problems, in my opinion. I’m always open to new reading suggestions, so bring them on! I’m so excited to be with the writing center, and I am excited to help the learning of all students continue to be strong and peer guided.
Hello there! My name is Nina, I am currently a senior working towards my secondary teaching licensure with a concentration in English. I believe that education is a deeply personal endeavor and while on different paths, we seem to always find ourselves in a situation where we must compose a piece of writing. Writing can feel easy for some and be challenging for others, but no matter the perspective, The Writing Center offers a variety of strategies that support students at all different stages of the writing process. I am excited to work in an environment that promotes a growth mindset and allows individuals to explore their writing potential. I look forward to working with you!
I’ve been a consultant in the Writing Center for a year and a half. As the only history major in the writing center, I am the resident expert on Chicago Style, and writing in history. When I’m not in class or in the Writing Center, I’m usually listening to podcasts, playing with my dog, or spending time with my wife.
I’ve been attending MSU since 2015 whilst pursuing an English major and Philosophy minor. As a tutor, I believe I excel at helping students with big picture concepts such as organization, flow of ideas and discussing the importance of any given rhetorical situation. Outside of school and the writing center, I like to spend my time street skateboarding with my friends.
My pronouns are He, Him, His.
Ryan Flannigan was born in Philadelphia but moved to Colorado shortly after when some kids starting making trouble in his neighborhood. He is a curious person with many interests including martial arts, creative writing, reading, synchronized sandwich eating, and many other worthwhile, partially adventurous activities. A writing major in MSU since 2014 and a consultant for three semesters, he adores both writing and helping fellow students to grow their writing skills.
Hello! My name is Sarah Heath and when I was 18 I wore a homemade Halloween costume to work at a busy restaurant. I wanted to dress as Poison Ivy from the popular Batman movie with Uma Thurman (I should mention I’m 6’1 and Uma is actually 5’11). I did not have very much money so I just put on every tight green thing I owned, wore some high heels that I could barely walk in and bought a large decorative ivy garland from a crafting store and wrapped it like a sash over my shoulder and secured all the way around my waist. I towered over my co-workers at the host stand the Saturday night of Halloween weekend and braced myself for men to fall at my feet. Likely over 500 people came through the restaurant that night and I kid you not probably 300 of them burst into laughter and pointed at me saying, “Oh, wow, the Jolly Green Giant!”
I suppose my point is that life is a series of moments where you have to decide do I cling to my original plan that is not working or do I pretend that I was clever enough to dress up as the Jolly Green Giant and go confidently in a new direction. Either way, we’re here to help.
Hey there! I'm Deserae and I'm a writing major with a Japanese minor. I'm from Texas and Las Vegas; I've lived here for about nine years now. Ever since I was a little girl, I was obsessed with reading and writing. I used to get yelled at constantly for always reading during class and would usually stay up until the early hours of the morning writing. I've read a lot less in college due to the lack of time, but I still adore it. I love to read fantasy and am working on a young adult fantasy series that I hope to publish in the next few years. I hope to one day be a Japanese translator while I write my books and travel the world. My specialty is creative writing (crazy!), MLA citations, organizing, brainstorming, and revising. I love helping people become their best writers and finish work they can be proud of and so does every other tutor here, so if you have a paper written in English you need to work on, stop by! We'd love to see you.
"Hallo! I'm Will and I'm in pursuit of a BA in Theatre here at MSU, minoring in English with a Creative Writing concentration. I love to act in plays as well as write them. In fact, I have my own play, Opium, published and available right now! I love Shakespeare and Eugene O'Neill for my dramatic literature. I love Norway and want to study there for my Masters. I know how to fight people with swords and stuff, but only if the plan is to miss them every time. I do physical comedy, serious drama, whatever's good. When it comes to writing, write from the heart, write with a personality, and you're moving in precisely the right direction."
Hello! My name is Brandy Joiner and I’m a senior majoring in English. Writing and reading are my passions and you can usually find me doing one or the other in the Writing Center. I am deaf in my left ear and grew up in the Deaf community, so I am fluent in ASL. As a tutor, I love helping with creative pieces, brainstorming ideas or topics, and looking at how smoothly a piece reads. I am also the Director of Social Media Engagement for the Writing Center and run the media platforms.
As a writer, I am working on two novel-length pieces and crossing my fingers for grad school. I believe everyone can be a writer, they just have to learn the conventions and practice just as one would when learning something new. I want to be your soundboard. Someone you can go to get bounce ideas and questions off of.
About myself personally— I want to live in a tiny house, I want to be an author, and I want to travel to Europe! I have three fur babies, fantasy is my favorite genre, and I get a little nervous when I say Worcestershire sauce.
Hello! I’m a Boulder-born and raised hippie with a passion for creating disastrous messes in my kitchen, whether it be cooking, baking or home-brewing. I enjoy teaching myself new skills that will probably never come in handy, such as: knitting, cheese making, or playing the banjo.
I am double-majoring in Human Nutrition-Dietetics and English with a writing concentration. I hope one day to transfer both of these skills, and channel my passion for cooking and creating, into a career in nutrition research. I am equally passionate about science and literature, and have written extensively in both subjects. From research papers to lab reports, editorials to short fiction, (and a few terrible poems thrown in for good measure) there isn’t much I haven't written. I have experience in APA and MLA. When writing, I hope to help students find a way to use their unique voice with confidence within the academic setting.
Hey all, Harrison here! Since Morgan Freeman charges almost $1 million per narration, I couldn’t scrap together enough pocket change in order to have him to perform my bio aloud. So, instead you’ll have to read everything moving forward in the key of Mr.Freeman himself. Enjoy!
In the beginning, there was only darkness and chaos. Papers were being turned with incorrect citation styles. Run on sentences ran rampant, and the confusion between their, there, and they’re, was at an all time high. With the student population being dowsed in red ink by their professors, It seemed as if all hope was lost.
But then, something miraculous happened.
A dashing warrior, a herald of the English language and representative of the Writing Center strolled into town proclaiming from the highest of mountains, “I CAN ASSIST WITH ANY CITATION QUESTIONS YOU HAVE! STUDENTS OF METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY, YOU NEED NOT WORRY ANY LONGER!”
The student population, skeptical at first, (and rightfully so), bombarded our faithful hero with many questions.
“What if I need help with something that isn’t related to school!?” One student exclaimed.
The hero of our faithful tale simply smirked at the question and simply rang out from the deepest part of his well-toned abdomen, “AT THE WRITING CENTER WE CAN HELP WITH ALL ASPECTS OF WRITING! BE IT ACADEMIC OR NON ACADEMIC. AS LONG AS IT IS TIED TO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WE CAN HELP AS BEST WE CAN…EXCEPT FOR MATH, YOU REALLY DON’T WANT OUR HELP WITH THAT ONE!”
“But what if I don’t feel confident in my own writing!” Asked another student full of concern.
“AT THE WRITING CENTER WE BELIEVE EVERYONE IS A WRITER. OUR GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO FOCUS MORE ON BUILDING THE WRITER THEMSELVES UP FIRST, GIVING YOU THE ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED TO VANQUISH ANY ENGLISH RELATED FOE MOVING FORWARD!”
The student population cheered, although slightly confused as to why our hero yelled all the time with them being only two feet away.
And thus Harrison- I mean our hero, who specializes in creative writing, synchronized sandwich eating, MLA & APA citation, and being, as the student population referred to him as, “A really chill dude”, cemented his place in history as one of the coolest writing consultants to ever work at MSU Denver.
Also, in case you were wondering, his pronoun choice is: He/Him/His
My name is Anniina “Nina” O’Grady. I’ve had all sorts of pit stops in my journey towards my B.A. and have taken both traditional and online courses. I am seeking a teaching degree in English, but have been tutoring people in almost every subject for over a decade. I just want to help people improve their skills. I also happen to be a huge sci fi and fantasy fan. One day I hope to write those stories instead of just reading them. I can’t wait to help you out.
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Hey! My name is CC and I am a junior here at Metro. I am currently in the process of getting an IDP in publishing (here’s hoping!) because I just love the written word and the passion that comes with it. I want to help as many writers get their ideas out into the world where everyone can enjoy the creativity. I’ll admit this isn’t completely selfless, though as I love to write and I want to be published, too. With all of the knowledge that I will have accumulated throughout my college and career life, I will be able to successfully publish my own works.As for right now, I won’t claim to know a lot about the subject and I will never claim to know everything. With that being said, I work hard to learn something new everyday. So come talk to me! Help me learn something new!
Hiya! My name is Cassie Reid. I’m an English major with a Writing focus and a Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Writing minor in what could be called my extended senior year. I’ve got experience with the campus newspaper The Metropolitan, fiction, screenwriting, and academic essays. I have upcoming experience with conference presentations. All of that is supplemental to my goal to get to know your communication style and help hone it. See you soon!
I have lived in Colorado all my life, being lucky to be surrounded by my close friends and family for so long. It might sound crazy, but while growing up, school always was and still is my favorite thing to do. Learning has always been a big part of who I am, being a naturally curious person. My English major allows me to be curious and ask questions I never thought of before; it allows me be to go beyond the surface. My hobbies include reading – (mostly plays, children’s books and anything with Stephen King or Neil Gaiman, etc.). I love to go on walks and I adore music (maybe a little too much). I also love to travel; some places I’ve been to include Italy, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, England, Belgium and Japan). Sometimes though, just sitting with some friends and watching a good movie is a great way to spend one’s time.
Meet the Front Desk Staff!
My name is Turia and I am an Administrative Assistant in the writing center. I am majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. I can help assist students with scheduling appointments with the writing center tutors to ensure they get the help they need. I believe that everyone has the capability of being a writer, even those who do not enjoy it at all. Nothing is impossible, so let’s get through this semester together
Hello! My name is Autumn and I absolutely love the Writing Center! I spent many hours here last semester and enjoyed every bit. Plus I got fantastic feed back and aid in my writing! My favorite author is Grace Livingston Hill, I love the 40's, and I have been given the nickname of "hopeless optimist." My major is Journalism, so I enjoy writing so much that I want it to be my career. And I believe that getting the right tools to help you succeed is very important. So I encourage fellow students to visit the Writing Center and can't wait to see you come in!