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UCWbL ADMINISTRATION

Lauri Dietzlauri_dietz

Director

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Contact

(773) 325-8353
ldietz@depaul.edu
2320 N. Kenmore
212 SAC
Chicago, IL 60614

I began my journey to becoming Director of the University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) as an undergraduate writing center tutor at the UC Santa Barbara. I received my PhD in English Renaissance Literature—a time period that did not have strict rules about spelling and writing and, hence, has shaped my descriptivist philosophy. I love working at the UCWbL because of the many opportunities I have to collaborate with writers and teachers all across the university. When I'm not learning or writing about writing, you can probably find me checking my fantasy football or baseball scores. My recent scholarship about promoting undergraduate research in the humanities appears in The Journal of Effective Teaching

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, SNL ILPs, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Style Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The Chicago Manual of Style is my favorite go to source because they are relatively non-prescriptivist for a style guide and often give a "why" for their recommendations.

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Elizabeth CoughlinElizabeth_Coughlin

Associate Director

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Contact

(773) 325-4273
ecoughli@depaul.edu
2320 N. Kenmore
212 SAC
Chicago, IL 60614

I am the UCWbL's Writing Center Program Director and Director of Outreach and Community Relations. I supervise the Writing Center and oversee all mentoring and outreach initiatives, and work closely with departments, programs, and offices throughout and beyond DePaul. I am also on the faculty of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (WRD), and for many years was Coordinator of Writing Placement for WRD. In addition to teaching WRD 395, Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy, I teach Technical Writing and Business Writing in the WRD Department. My many research interests include the histories and pedagogies of writing centers, online tutoring pedagogies, accessibility and diversity related concerns, and technical writing. My most recent scholarship appeared in The East Central Writing Centers Association Newsletter

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literary Analysis, Memos, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Query Letters, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters

Citation Style Expertise

APA, Bluebook, Chicago (Turabian), CSE (formerly CBE), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I've consulted the American Heritage Dictionary's various Notes (on usage and others), its etymologies, and its Indo-European Roots Appendix regularly. They often raise questions as they answer them, and I have always found them thought-provoking.

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Matthew Pearsonmatthew_pearson

Associate Director

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Contact

(312) 285-1423
mpearso4@depaul.edu
2320 N. Kenmore
212 SAC
Chicago, IL 60614

As the UCWbL's Faculty Development and Writing Fellows Program Director, I work with DePaul faculty members to promote and support writing as a way to improve student learning. I bring enthusiasm and passion about writing as fun, challenging, and eminently worthwhile to my direct work with writers. I studied English Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I worked as the Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and English Education at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where I first became a peer writing tutor. My recent scholarship—published in the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness and the American Educational Research Journal—addresses how English Language Learners benefit from explicit instruction on the cognitive strategies that effective writers and readers use.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, History, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (CVs), SNL Advanced Projects, Sociology, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Style Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Ironically, as I'm not expert in it, the Chicago Manual of Style. I love how I can find answers to, thus far, all stylistic and layout questions I've ever had while writing. I like both the online and book versions.

The Purdue University OWL. I appreciate the way it has both abstract instructions on citations and lots of examples.

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Katie BrownKatie_Brown

Business Manager, Acting Writing Center Director

my ePortfolio

Contact

(312) 362-6753
cbrown42@depaul.edu
25 E. Jackson
1603 Lewis Center

Chicago, IL 60604

I'm the Business Manager and Acting Writing Center Director for the UCWbL. I started working for the UCWbL in 2009 as a member of the pilot Writing Fellows program. Since then, I have also worked as a writing center tutor, an office manager, a head fellow, and, now, as the Business Manager and Acting Writing Center Director. I received my Master's Degree from DePaul, earning an M.A. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with a concentration in Teaching Writing and TESOL. I also attended DePaul for my B.A. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with a minor in Psychology.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literature Reviews, Psychology, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Thank You Letters

Citation Style Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I love Dianna Hacker Online because it offers helpful citation guides and examples that are really easy to navigate.

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UCWbL PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Amanda Gaddamamanda_gaddam

Writing Fellows Coordinator

In addition to being a peer writing tutor and the UCWbL Research Coordinator, I also teach first-year writing in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Department as well as writing courses in the School for New Learning. I love working with writers at any stage of the writing process, and I look forward to assisting writers with writing theses and organizing their projects for better clarity. When I am not teaching or tutoring, I spend my time sewing, cooking, knitting, crafting, or watching Law and Order: SVU marathons.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, SNL Externships, SNL ILPs, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

Citation Style Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I always turn to UCWbL Tutors for help first because they are trained to patiently work with me and help me find what I'm looking for.

The DePaul Library provides extensive, accessible, and friendly support for all research-related processes.

Diana Hacker Online is easy to read and easy to navigate when looking for specific information about grammar and/or citation rules.

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Bridget Wagnerbridget_w

Peer Writing Tutor, Website Coordinator

I graduated from DePaul with a BA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and I'm now a graduate student in the same department. For me, the best part of writing is being in the zone—when you finally find the article, word, idea, or peer that launches the rest of your piece and makes it hard to stop writing, or even thinking. So, I love being the person that helps someone else find a breakthrough. My favorite places to write are coffee shops. When I can't make it out, I recreate the ambiance in my living room with coffitivity.com and my Mr. Coffee.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literacy Narratives, Literature Reviews, Memos, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL: I head to Purdue's Online Writing Lab for invention strategies when I have writer's block and for help with MLA citation style

Grammar Girl: This blog is an easy-to-use-and-understand resource for grammar, punctuation and usage questions.

DePaul Library: The library's large collection of research databases is my first stop when beginning a research paper. I also use the "IM a Librarian" feature when I'm not sure how to begin or continue my research.

Diana Hacker Online: I use this resource when working with APA citation style because it's easy to navigate and most of my very specific questions about citing unusual sources are answered somewhere in the site.

UCWbL Tutors: I love drawing on the expertise of other UCWbL tutors because if a tutor can't answer my question about writing, then they can almost always direct me to a resource that can.

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Kate Flomkate_flom

Workshops Coordinator

Hi, I'm Kate and I'm a double Demon - I earned both my BA in English and MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul! My favorite UCWbL Core Belief is #4: "Collaboration among peers is a particularly effective mode of learning" because some of my best writing has come out of getting feedback from my friends, family, and fellow UCWbLers!

When I'm not writing, I am most likely knitting. If you're interested in hearing about the parallels I see between the writing process and the knitting process, take a look through my UCWbL e-Portfolio!

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters

Citation Style Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

For all things Citations, I love using Diana Hacker Online. The clean design and organization makes finding information on MLA, APA, and Chicago style easy and relatively stress free.

When attempting to understand things like dangling modifiers or when to use which or that, Grammar Girl is the best. The explanations are super clear and down to earth, and more often than not, I walk away feeling like I truly understand grammar "rules".

I also love using the DePaul Library for both the wealth of databases and the super friendly reference librarians! At DePaul, we are extremely lucky to have so many academic resources, and the Library is one of the best!

Finally, UCWbL tutors are my all time favorite writing resource. UCWbLers are enthusiastic, friendly, and provide a wide range of feedback to help in pretty much any situation!

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Lauren Martynlauren_martyn

Writing Fellows Coordinator

I am a graduate student in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse. As a writer, I've found that not only is my process different from that of other writers, but it also differs depending on what/when/where I'm writing. I like to experiment with new techniques for brainstorming and revising to help me continually grow as a writer. When I'm not writing, I enjoy reading novels on the CTA.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Marketing, News Articles, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

Citation Style Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library offers me vast networks of possibility.

The Purdue OWL is my quick go to for citation questions.

UCWbL Tutors offer unique perspective on any question.

And Grammar Girl supplies succinct, well-reasoned answers to common questions.

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Mark Laziomark_l

Peer Writing Tutor

I attended DePaul for both my BA and MA in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse, and now I am an instructor in the First Year Writing Program. Language and literacies are pretty much the coolest! And I excitedly will talk about anything related to language. Outside of writing, I love cooking and eating—especially homemade bread, my grandmother's recipe. I am a pretty big fan of The Simpsons and Thomas the Tank Engine. And yes, I have been in a rodeo. I may also happen to be a Bears fanatic.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Theses & Dissertations

Tutoring Expertise

APA

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL tutors are a great resource because they provide new perspectives and ideas. Additionally, they also can give you a great resource for a specific question.

Diana Hacker Online is my life for citation help. The easy-to-use drop-down menu makes finding the source type extremely quick, and she has great examples to help model the correct conventions.

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Edward Evinsedward_evins

Peer Writing Tutor, Workshops Facilitator

A double graduate of DePaul University, I am currently a faculty member in the First-Year Writing Program. I am slightly obsessed with James Boswell/Samuel Johnson and cycling, but am usually able to keep my enthusiasm on the subjects below a low roar. I have worked at the UCWbL for a bizillion years in a number of capacities and continue working here because I love working with writers on a one-to-one basis outside of the normal teacher/student relationship. I am particularly good at brainstorming concepts and breaking down particularly troublesome assignments.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, SNL Externships, SNL ILPs, Thank You Letters

Tutoring Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL Tutors!

Easy! Other writers. I often feel that writers think of themselves as lone big cats, only coming to the collaborative watering hole when they absolutely have to. However, writers become better by working and sharing with other writers. I am endlessly asking for feedback, ideas and thoughts from professors, grad students, undergrad as well as random people on the Red Line ("Hey, you got a second?").

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Jen Finstromjen_f

Peer Writing Tutor, Outreach Team Member, Writers Guild Leader

I am a Double Demon with a BA in English and an MA in writing and publishing. In addition to working as a peer writing tutor in the Writing Center, I am also a writing group leader for Writers Guild, one of the UCWbL's writing groups. I have been the poetry editor of Eclectica Magazine since October of 2005, and my work appears in RHINO, NEAT, Cider Press Review, and Midwestern Gothic, among other places. See my recent work online. I believe wholeheartedly in the UCWbL's Core Belief that "anyone who writes anything is a writer."

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Book Proposals, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Memos, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Query Letters, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, SNL ILPs, Theses & Dissertations

Tutoring Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA, AAA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library is a wonderful resource not only for its books and databases but also for the help that a writer can receive from the Research Guides and research librarians.

Grammar Girl is one of my favorite grammar resources. Not only does Grammar Girl look realistically at how and why we say and write what we do, she also writes entertaining sample sentences to illustrate things like passive voice and the difference between "lay" and "lie."

Diana Hacker Online is my preferred citation resource for both MLA and APA. The resource is organized clearly, and I feel that I have been able to find what I need no matter what type of source I am trying to cite.

Another favorite online resource is Using Transitions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Writing Center. This resource does more than just provide transitional words and phrases—it also groups these words and phrases into the categories in which they are commonly used.

My favorite resource of all is my fellow UCWbL tutors. Not only can they help provide additional resources, they can also provide their own varied experience as writers.

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UCWbL PEER WRITING TUTORS

Amber S.amber_s

Peer Writing Tutor

As a first-year graduate student in the Rhetoric, Writing and Discourse program, I am excited to join the UCWbL's vibrant community. I recently earned a BA from McDaniel College in Maryland, where I double majored in English and Spanish and also worked in the Writing Center. My tutoring pedagogy is based upon empathy and personalization, which is why I love the UCWbL's second core belief, "There is no universal writing process that all writers (should) use." When I'm not tutoring, you can find me running or browsing the stacks in the library.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web/p>

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Beyond being incredibly easy to navigate, the sample papers on Purdue OWL offer great advice about adhering to your citation style.

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Brandon H.brandon_h

Peer Writing Tutor, SCRAWL Radio Host

I'm in my second year of the Masters of Writing & Publishing program. I have previous degrees in Secondary English Education, Liberal Arts/Literature, and Gifted Education. I'm a writer, and I love words. I want to help you love words too! When I'm not writing, I like to jog, explore Chicago, cook vegan, and read. You can check me out on Scrawl Radio, the UCWbL's weekly radio show, every Friday morning at 11:00am on Radio DePaul, and you can read my blog and my tweets

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Book Proposals, College Applications, Cover Letters, English, Lesson Plans, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Screenplays, Summaries, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I'm a fan of asking other UCWbL tutors about their expertise because we have such a diverse group of tutors! Fresh perspectives make for fresh writing.

I really love The YUNiversity for both grammar and humor complete with memes.

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Cynthia M.cynthia_m

Head Writing Fellow, Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior majoring in both Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and Intercultural Communications who loves brainstorming and helping writers find their creative voice. I always remind anyone who will listen that "everyone's a writer" because I think it's important to give writers the confidence they need to flesh their ideas out. Besides writing, some of my favorite things include: telling people what I'm studying without taking a breath, riding the CTA, breaking it down on the dance floor, cartoons, and eating while reading.

Tutoring Expertise

Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses

Tutoring Expertise

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL—It provides easy to model examples for formatting citations, resumes, cover letters, etc.

Google Scholar--When it comes to finding resources, this website is a life saver. I can type up a whole sentence and it will find exactly what I need.

The UCWbL "Resources for Writers" webpage--Need I say more?

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Jake D.jake_d

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a Sophomore majoring in Communication with hopes to choose my minor by the end of my second year. While I'm writing, I usually enjoy sitting at my desk and tuning everything else out. I don't listen to music when I write, but when I'm not writing, I make and listen to music almost constantly. Throughout my academic career I've had the privilege of having great teachers that sparked my interest and love for writing. When I started to work with the UCWbL, I loved their idea that anyone who writes anything is a writer. I hope that during my time as a Tutor I can share that idea with everyone I work with and make them more confident in their writing abilities.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Environmental Sciences, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Summaries

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

DePaul Library

The DePaul Library is a great resource because of it's accessibility on campus, it's always open late and the librarians are always there to help you find what you're looking for. Having such a nice library makes studying and learning so much easier.

UCWbL Tutors

The Tutors at the Writing Center are so great at solving all of your writing frustrations. They are always friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help. I've only had great experiences at the UCWbL and that's why it's my favorite resource.

Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary, or OED, is an awesome resource for bettering your understanding of words and their origins. When writing with complicated diction, I find it very helpful to first understand the meaning and background of a tough word before I use it in a sentence, and with the OED, I can do that.

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James N.james_n

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a first-year graduate student in DePaul's M.A. program for English Lit, a graduate assistant at the UCWbL, and a member of the Outreach Team. I have previously received a B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Syracuse University. I am passionate about writing in all contexts, specifically poetry and fiction. I have experience teaching Composition at community colleges in southern Indiana, and I'm very excited about joining the DePaul community and the UCWbL team. Hobbies include supporting Liverpool Football Club, eating Indian food every chance I get, and telling people that I'm writing a novel (which at some point I may actually write). I look forward to collaborating with you at any point in your writing process!

Tutoring Expertise

Art/Art History, English, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Religious Studies, Screenplays

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I prefer to use the Purdue OWL website because of its superb organization and ample resources.

If I am working exclusively with citation issues, then I find that the Diana Hacker Online website provides a concise explanation of the different systems, and serves as an excellent guide through the potentially confusing world of academic citations.

The Dictionary: I like how it has a lot of words in it.

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Katie M.katie_m

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior enrolled in the combined BA/MA Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse program. As a writer, I know how daunting it can be to sit down with a blank page and immediately feel stumped. (As Aaron Sorkin says, "I love writing, but hate starting.") My favorite part about working at the UCWbL is helping writers get over that initial hurdle and start the ideas flowing. There's nothing like a satisfying rush of inspiration to kickstart the writing process, and I'm always happy when I'm able to help another writer achieve that. When I'm not at the UCWbL, I doing copyediting work for The Playlist.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Business Plans, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Query Letters, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

AP, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The Purdue OWL is a great tool for quickly referencing grammar and citation rules. I find it especially helpful for double-checking citation styles that I'm not familiar with.

CMS Table of Contents—I often use Chicago-style citations in my own writing, and the CMS Online is perfect for double-checking my work. Its table of contents is very detailed, which makes it easy to find precise answers to your questions.

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Keli T.keli_t

Workshops Assistant Coordinator, Peer Writing Tutor

I am a second year student in DePaul's Master of Arts in English program and am a writing tutor, writing fellow, and Workshops Team graduate assistant at the UCWbL. I find the most rewarding part of working at the UCWbL to be the multitudinous opportunities for collaboration with writers during all stages of their writing processes. As for my own work, when not writing for academic purposes, I enjoy composing anemic imitations of Mervyn Peake.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Journalism, Lesson Plans, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Memos, News Articles, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

When writing, I am never far from a dictionary and a thesaurus (my favorites are the Oxford English Dictionary and The Synonym Finder, respectively).

I like to consult the data at Google Ngram Viewer for help when feeling undecided between a pair of words or phrases.

My two favorite books on the art of writing are Joseph M. Williams' Style: The Basics of Clarity and Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style.

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Kevin S.kevin_s

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm working on my M.A. in Writing and Publishing. My fiction has appeared in DePaul's Crook & Folly and Joliet Junior College's Word Eater. I also contribute articles to Midwestreal and Wakingtimes. You can view my other writing at kevinsterne.com. I'm a huge music geek and love post-hardcore and post-rock music. I keep my beer gut from getting too noticeable by running long distance races. I've never viewed the UCWbL as "work" in the traditional sense -- for me, it's a place to be with friends who share the same interests: writing, sharing writing, and talking craft. That's why I love this place. And the people are awesome, too.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Book Proposals, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Journalism, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, News Articles, Personal Statements, Query Letters, Research Papers, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Screenplays, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams is a fantastic prescriptivist resource for writing clearly, succinctly, and effectively. I keep my copy next to my keys, wallet, and phone so I always have it when I walk out the door.

The Artful Edit by Susan Bell is a wonderful source I turn to when editing a short story. It's chocked full of useful tips and examples.

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Matt K.matt_k

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior majoring in Accountancy and am in the University Honors Program. I am also a part of Beta Alpha Psi, the honors accounting fraternity. Outside of DePaul, I take classes at the Second City and am part of both the Writing and Improv programs. My takeaway from the synthesis of education and comedy is that writing can be made into a worthwhile experience through collaboration. I look forward to bringing my background in business, education, and comedy writing to every person who comes in for help at the UCWbL.

Tutoring Expertise

Accounting, Annotated Bibliographies, Business Plans, Cover Letters, English, History, Research Papers, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

1. "My Grammar and I... Or Should That Be Me? How to Speak and Write It Right" by Caroline Taggart and J.A. Wines. I often reference this source because this book clearly presents both standard and complex grammar issues in an easy to understand format.

2. The Purdue OWL. I visit the Owl for pretty much every citation need because, let's be honest, remembering all of those different citation formats can be overwhelming; like a crowded K-mart on layaway.

3. "Bossypants" by Tina Fey. In addition to being my idol, Tina has a way of always writing with a distinct point of view; a focus that all writers need to look at when working on a project. Also, this book just has some plain good advice.

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Megan P.megan_p

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a sophomore majoring in Secondary Education and English and minoring in American Studies. If I'm not writing with my favorite Pilot G-2 .7 pen in a composition notebook, I'm probably reading a short story collection or drinking ginger ale from those sweet glass bottles. My favorite part of the UCWBL mission is that "writing promotes learning, critical inquiry, self-development, and reflection through continual revision." The community that writing creates is so powerful and I am excited to help build it within the UCWBL with others.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Personal Statements, Rhetorical Analyses

Citation Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL—Their Research and Citation section is easy to navigate and presents the information in a way that is easily digested.

UCWBL Tutors - The diversity of experience and expertise of the tutors is an invaluable resource. Even one brief session with a tutor can dramatically alter a piece of writing or even an idea.

DePaul Library—Even when looking for a relatively obscure title or researching a specific topic, the librarians are always able to help me find what I'm looking for or at least start me on the right path.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online Q+A Section—The Q+A section holds both useful and interesting tidbits about any relatively obscure question you may have.

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Molly R.molly_r

EDGE Coordinator, Peer Writing Tutor

I am a peer writing tutor at the UCWbL and a graduate assistant in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (WRD) at DePaul. I received my BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I double-majored in English and Art. I have been a writing tutor/instructor for four years, and I love collaborating with others on writing projects. My favorite UCWbL core belief states that all writers can improve their writing by sharing work and revising based on constructive criticism. Every writer needs a reader! When I'm not UCWbLing, there's a good chance you can find me drinking coffee or making a mess in my kitchen.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL Tutors: They're so supportive and smart!

Purdue OWL: I love this resource. It offers a range of materials for different writing projects. One of my favorites is the Citation Style Chart, which contains a side-by-side comparison of APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles.

Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace (Joseph M. Williams): Over the past few years, this book has helped me write so much more clearly and persuasively. In it, Williams offers several step-by-step strategies for crafting more effective sentences and paragraphs. If you want your writing to be more concise, focused, or powerful, I highly recommend checking it out.

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Rachel H.rachel_h

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a sophomore majoring in Journalism and Political Science. I enjoy writing articles covering a variety of topics while sipping tea and listening to Radiohead. I am also a copy editor for the DePaulia and a freelancer for The Enterprise, a weekly paper near my parent's home. I love the atmosphere of the UCWbL and enjoy working with others through writing.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Journalism, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, News Articles, Newsletters, Political Science, Research Papers, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

AP, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL, Grammar Girl, DePaul Library

Their breadth of information is key for writing a paper, whether it be weeks ahead of time or the night before.

AP Style—it's rad. Sometimes it takes awhile to find what I need, but the AP Style Guide is the ultimate reference for articles and my journalism classes.

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Rachel P.rachel_p

Peer Writing Tutor, Graduate Assistant

I'm a first year graduate student in the Writing and Publishing program and a creative writer. I write both poetry and fiction, and some of my favorite authors who have impacted my writing are Patrick Rothfuss, Alison Croggon, and J.R.R. Tolkien. I love writing because I find it inspiring how different people can use the same building blocks (words) to say completely new and diverse things; I love helping others with writing because I believe that everyone deserves to learn how to use those building blocks to the best of their ability in order to let their personal voices shine.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, English, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Religious Studies, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Summaries, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I like and use Purdue OWL as a quick and easy reference guide for MLA and APA citations, paper formatting, and more because it has very thorough, easy-to-understand examples and helpful sample papers. When I forget exactly where this period goes, whether that element is italicized or not, or how the line spacing should be in this or that section, Purdue OWL is my favorite place to look for quick answers.

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Theresa B.theresa_b

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a double major in English and Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, with a minor in American Sign Language. I love reading, writing, watching copious amounts of Pixar movies, and Puns. I am also a part of the UCWbL Outreach team. I love writing because it allows me to share my thoughts in a collected, sophisticated way. Helping other people with their writing is amazing, because it is a wonderful way to help people learn and share their knowledge with others. I always feel like I end each appointment knowing more than I did before.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, News Articles, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters, Theatre

Citation Expertise

MLA

Multilingual Expertise

American Sign Language

Favorite Writing Resources

When I have any questions about citations or annotations, Diana Hacker Online is the first place I go. They have every thing you could think about citing, from books with several authors to tweets.

I like using Purdue OWL to look up document conventions; if I need to know how to write a C.V. or what sections are on a resume, this is the site I go to.

I love using the Writing Center for my own work. When I need help unpacking my ideas, seeing if my thesis is clear, or when I'm fighting to understand a prompt, I make an appointment at the UCWbL.

One of my other favorite writing resources is My Noise. There are a ton of different noise generators that I love to use when I need to concentrate. My favorite is the cat purr generator, because it reminds me of my cat in Minnesota.

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