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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

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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

Kate Derrickkate_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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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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Hannah L.hannah_l

Web Development Coordinator

Fresh out of the DePaul Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with an MA, I proudly serve as the UCWbL Web + Tech Coordinator while also teaching First-Year Writing. From my time tutoring at the UCWbL, I have found that "collaboration is a particularly effective mode of learning," and I strive to work with my fellow writers (anyone who writes anything is a writer!) to practice this belief. My tutoring and teaching revolves around the belief that mutual understanding leads to mutual success, and that rhetoric is empowering. When not writing at DePaul, I write and read poetry, and also professionally write with Creatives on File.

Tutoring Expertise

English, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Sociology, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The Elements of Style, Strunk & White--A timeless, straightforward, & unassuming little book of grammatical refreshers & reminders on how to write in cogent language, complete with illuminating examples. E.B. White also wrote my childhood favorite, The Trumpet of the Swan.

The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms, edited by Ron Padgett--A handy & extensive reference for those elusive forms & tropes, useful for explication and observations in critical readings of poetry, as well as for finding new forms to write

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University (OWL) An accessible & thorough online reservoir of knowledge on formatting, grammar, and more!

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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

You can also check out each peer writing tutor's bio and areas of expertise on our WCOnline schedule.

Amber S.amber_s

Peer Writing Tutor

Hi there! My name is Amber, and I'm a second-year graduate student in the MA in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse program. As a tutor, I live by the UCWbL's secord core value, "There is no one writing process that all writers (should) use." Besides talking about writing, my obsessions are drinking tea, visiting libraries, and eating food out of mason jars.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications,Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First-Year Writing ePortfolios, Graduate and Professional School Applications, Journalism, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analyses, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Resumes and CVs (Curricula Vitae), SNL APs (Advanced Projects) and ILPs (Independent Learning Projects), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses and Dissertations Speeches, Writing for the Web, Group Projects

Citation Style Expertise

APA (American Psychological Association) Style, Chicago or Turabian Style, MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Favorite Writing Resources

I love using the Purdue Owl sample papers because they have great annotations about formatting. Talking to UCWbL tutors can be useful because tricky writing concepts often become more clear through conversation!

Language Expertise

Spanish

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Jake D.jake_d

Head Writing Center Tutor

I'm a junior majoring in Communication and Media, so I'm really interested in how people talk to each other. I also have a double minor in Screenwriting and Sound Design, and hope to to one day write and/or do sound for film. 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 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, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, Environmental Sciences, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Screenplays, Summaries

Citation Style Expertise

APA (American Psychological Association) Style, Chicago or Turabian Style

Favorite Writing Resources

I like using Purdue OWL for when I'm working with various citation styles like MLA and APA. The site is very easy to navigate and provides the user with super helpful guides and examples. 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. The UCWbL Resources for Writers webpage is a great resource because it allows users to to simultaneously become more familiar with the UCWbL's website while receiving help on a variety of topics, including different types of writing, grammar and mechanics, and working with other writers.

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James N.james_n

Outreach Graduate Assistant

I am a second-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 pasionate 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 being part of 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

English, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses

Citation Style Expertise

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Favorite Writing Resources

I like how well organized the Purdue OWL is.

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Katie M.katie_martin

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a grad student at DePaul earning a master's degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with a concentration in Teaching Writing & Language. I also teach first-year writing in DePaul's Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Department. 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. When I'm not working, I spend my time gardening, running, and watching True Detective with my betta fish, Luther.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First- Year Writing ePortfolios, Graduate and Professional School Applications, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives,Literary Analyses, Memos, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Resumes and CVs (Curricula Vitae), SNL APs (Advanced Projects) and ILPs (Independent Learning Pursuits), Summaries, Theses and Dissertations, Writing for the Web, Group Projects

Citation Style Expertise

APA (American Psychological Association) Style, Chicago or Turabian Style, MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL is great for answering style questions! Well-organized and easy to navigate. UCWbL Tutors are my go-to resource for any writing-related issue. No matter what your question, odds are there is a tutor who knows the answer. UCWbL Resources for Writers is a great resource for familiarizing yourself with new genres of writing. Lots of helpful examples!

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Megan P.megan_p

Head Writing Center Tutor

I am a junior majoring in Secondary Education and English and minoring in American Studies. My favorite core belief is that writing facilitates creating and sharing knowledge. I love to meet new writers at the UCWbL and learn about their writing habits and topics. When I'm not collaborating with my peers, I host a radio show, Lower Frequencies, for Radio DePaul and I am a copy editor for DePaul's literary magazine, Crook & Folly. If there's time left over, I'm probably eating bread and buying used books.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, English, First-Year Writing ePortfolios, Lesson Plans, Literary Analyses, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Summaries

Citation Style Expertise

APA (American Psychological Association) Style, Chicago or Turabian Style, MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Favorite Writing Resources

DePaul Library — Each time I've asked a librarian a question, I receive a detailed answer and a resource. An underutilized resource! UCWbL Tutors - I enjoy asking my peers questions because each of us had unique knowledge about writing. UCWbL Resources for Writers webpage - The genre guides are out of this world helpful.

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Sarah T.sarah_t

Head Writing Fellow

I am a sophomore majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Psychology and Professional Writing. I'm almost always writing something (papers, stories, shopping lists, etc.). Working at the UCWbL is fantastic; being able to help people become confident, excited, and passionate about their writing is such a wonderful experience. When I'm not typing away at my computer, I can usually be found reading books, singing show tunes, playing with my cat, or binge-watching my latest Netflix obsession.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Biology, Book Proposals, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First-Year Writing ePortfolios, Graduate and Professional School Applications,Journalism, Literary Analyses, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, News Articles, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses,Psychology, Query Letters, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses,Screenplays, Sociology, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theatre, Speeches,Writing for the Web

Citation Style Expertise

APA (American Psychological Association) Style, MLA (Modern Language Association) Style, Chicago or Turabian Style

Favorite Writing Resources

I think that using online resources, such as Purdue OWL and Grammar Girl, can be SUPER helpful when you aren't sure what to do in certain grammatical situations. But, if you don't know something, other tutors are a great resource if you're at a loss for what to do.

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Theresa B.theresa_b

Peer Writing Tutor

My name is Theresa B., and I'm a senior with a double major in English and Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse. This is my third year at the UCWbL. My favorite part of writing is sharing ideas. Also puns...Actually my favorite thing about writing is puns. They're the pun and only!

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First-Year Writing ePortfolios, Literary Analyses, Memos, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Resumes and CVs (Curricula Vitae), Thank You Letters, Theatre, Speeches, Group Projects

Citation Style Expertise

AP (Associated Press) Style, MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL: If I have a question about citation, style, or block quotes, Purdue OWL is the first place I go. It's an incredibly detailed site that talks about almost everything you need to know as a college student. Grammar Fairy Godmother: Run by a tutor here at the UCWbL, GFG integrates advice about fashion with anecdotes about grammar and style.

Language Expertise

American Sign Language (ASL)

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Trisha M.trisha_m

Head Writing Fellow

I am a sophomore Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism major. One of my favorite things to do while writing is to drink hot chocolate! This is especially great when I'm writing an analysis for a script that I've read or a review for a recent play that I've seen. My absolute favorite UCWbL principle states that, "There is no universal writing process that all writers (should) use." I love this because I am still learning about my preferred writing process but I learn more about it everyday. I hope that I can help people with their writing process through the UCWbL!

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, English, First-Year Writing ePortfolios, History, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analyses, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Theatre

Citation Style Expertise

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Favorite Writing Resources

The Grammar Girl website is a great resource where answers to every grammar question is answered in a way that is easy to understand and easy to find. It is great as a resource for a quick fix but also is a great tool to regularly check, especially their podcast which is a reading of their most popular and interesting articles. The DePaul Library is the best resource for almost anything that you need from books, to articles, videos, and more. The librarians have a chat and are always willing to answer questions and help with research as well as providing other venues for research to be completed such as through various online databases.

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