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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, Resume 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 dianahacker.com because she 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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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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Kevin Lyonkevin_lyon

eLearning and Web Development Coordinator

I am the eLearning and Web Development Coordinator for the University Center for Writing-based Learning and an Instructor in the First Year Writing Program. This is my seventh academic year working at the UCWbL. I attended DePaul as a student, receiving my Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Professional Writing in 2009, and my Master's degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with concentrations in Teaching Writing and Language and Professional and Technical Writing in 2011. In my free time, I watch reruns of "This Old House" and work on projects around my house.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literacy Narratives, Literature Reviews, Memos, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters

Citation Style Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The Depaul Library staff is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, and the resources available to students are incredible.

Diana Hacker Writer's Reference provides very quick and clear-cut examples of citations that are easy to replicate in your own work cited.

UCWbL tutors come from majors and programs all across the university and bring with them a breadth of knowledge about different types of writing, resources, and practices.

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Laura Friddlelaura_friddle

CMWR Coordinator

I am a faculty member working within the UCWbL to provide support to DePaul's multilingual community as coordinator for the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research. This position as well as the tutoring I do allow me to practice the self reflection and demonstrate the respect for others that I value. Getting to know the individuals I work with is one of the greatest benefits of my work. And as a word nerd, I just really enjoy the deconstructing and building process of working through questions related to writing and language.

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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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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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

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, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, SNL Externships, SNL ILPs, Thank You Letters

Tutoring Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

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, Resume 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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Mark Laziomark_l

The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing & Research Coordinator

I am currently finishing up my MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (WRD), with a concentration in Teaching Language and Writing and TESOL. My BA, also here at DePaul, was a double dose of writing with WRD and Creative Writing. Language and literacies are pretty much the coolest! And I excitedly can 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, 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

Tutoring Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Diana Hacker's "Research and Documentation Online": No one can, or should have to memorize citation conventions, and this online citation guide is a great go-to for any research- or documentation-based questions!

The Purdue OWL: The OWL has a wide range of useful resources--from grammar to citations--and they provide easy to understand explanations and resources. Whenever I have a question, I usually search the OWL.

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UCWbL PEER WRITING TUTORS

Amy R.amy_r

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm Amy, a third-year graduate student in DePaul's Counseling master's program and a second-year UCWbLer. As an undergraduate at James Madison University in Virginia, I majored in English Language & Literature and Media Arts & Design and minored in Women's Studies. I love writing because it gives voice to our thoughts and ideas, and I think there's power in putting something into written words. I enjoy working with others on their writing because I learn about points of view and experiences different from my own, and I witness the process of discovering and discerning their own voices. I look forward to working with writers in the give-and-take process of writing and revision!

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Cover Letters, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, Graduate & Professional School Applications, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL—I like it because it's comprehensive and easy to navigate. 99% of the time, the answer to my question is waiting for me there. I find the examples of the rules/guidelines in action helpful, too.

Diana Hacker Online—For citation, I think Diana Hacker is the most up-to-date and accurate. The site is organized by citation style, and provides not only the rules, but examples, as well.

A dictionary/thesaurus - I like the dictionary for those moments when you're not quite sure you're using a word correctly (there's a big difference between 'elicit' and 'illicit,' y'all). The thesaurus is great for when you've noticed that you wrote the word 'cantankerous' five times in one paragraph, and you need another word that expresses the same meaning (grumpy, crabby, ill-tempered, crotchety, etc.) in order to achieve word variance.

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Avery C.avery_c

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior currently in the BA/MA Writing and Publishing Program, graduating from undergrad with a degree in English and a Concentration in Literary Analysis. Writing and written narrative is the heart of all things for me, and being able to help other writers express themselves more completely through their writing is a what I love about working with the UCWbL. I’ve written articles reviewing classic works of literature for The Underground—the English Department Undergraduate Newsletter.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Book Proposals, English, Graduate & Professional School Applications, History, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Screenplays, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I love Purdue OWL because it's not only reliable, but it's thorough. I can always rely on that site to give me extensive and correct information on multiple citation issues.

The DePaul Library is wonderful because of the amazing variety of sources that are made available to DePaul students. One can find a source for almost any topic through the library archives.

The UCWbL Tutors are wonderful resources because they are all so capable and diverse, if one cannot find the answer to a question through Purdue OWL or the DePaul Library, there is no doubt that a Tutor will be able to help.

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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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Bridget W.bridget_w

Peer Writing Tutor

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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Carolyn R.carolyn_r

Outreach Team Leader, Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a second year graduate student in the M.A. in English program at DePaul, a graduate assistant at the UCWbL, and a proud member of the UCWbL Outreach Team. I'm an unabashed bookworm, a cycling enthusiast (I named my bike after Fezzik, the giant in "The Princess Bride"), and a believer in the value of service to others. For this reason I volunteer with organizations such as House of the Good Shepherd and WBEZ, Chicago's public radio station. It's also because of my enthusiasm for helping others that I am so glad to be a peer writing tutor at the UCWbL, a position that I thoroughly enjoy. Most of all, I'm passionate about working with writers to develop and further their confidence in their writing processes.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, History, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Marketing, Memos, News Articles, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Psychology, Religious Studies, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

AP, APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I find the Purdue OWL is the easiest website for writers to use when they're learning about MLA style and basic academic writing guidelines.

However, if a writer is looking for in-depth, precise information about APA, AP, and Chicago styles, Diana Hacker Online is the most comprehensive and helpful choice.

When I come across a question that isn't answered by those sources, my next move is usually to ask an UCWbL Tutor or a DePaul Librarian—the wealth of knowledge that these individuals can hold is astounding!

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Clare S.clare_s

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a Women's and Gender Studies graduate student in the 5th year program, and I completed my undergraduate studies in Creative Writing and WGS. Interdisciplinary perspectives are very much at the center of my scholarship, and working with writers or any piece of writing that invokes a sense of multi-dimensionality—in argument, analysis, or otherwise—is something I find especially rewarding. I also write and read my poetry around the city, and co-facilitating Writers Guild with Jen F. (our multi-genre creative writing group) is one of my favorite aspects of the UCWbL.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Book Proposals, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, History, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, News Articles, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

AP, APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Grammar Girl—this site was critical to my eventual comprehension of the who vs. whom conundrum.

UCWbL Tutors—someone always has an answer and if they don't, they know how to find it.

DePaul Library—their resources are accessible and abundant. Also: the special collections and archives!

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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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Elizabeth G.elizabeth_g

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior double majoring in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing, and French. This will be my third year at the UCWbL, and after taking a few months off last spring to study abroad in Paris, I am especially eager to be back this fall. As an English and French double-major, I have a passion for language, and I love examining the nuances that go into the craft of writing. In the past, I have interned and volunteered as a tutor at 826CHI and interned as a middle school English Teaching Assistant while in Paris, and I hope to continue to work with writing education in the future. I am excited to be able to do so at the UCWbL.

Tutoring Expertise

Art/Art History, College Applications, Cover Letters, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Journalism, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Personal Statements, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Thank You Letters, Theatre

Tutoring Expertise

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

French

Favorite Writing Resources

UCWbL Tutors-I have learned so much about writing just by talking with my fellow tutors about how they approach different writing obstacles and by sharing our writing with each other. Because UCWbL tutors come from so many diverse areas of study, they're also my best resource for understanding an assignment I may not be as familiar with.

The Purdue OWL is my favorite online resource for quickly double-checking grammar and citation rules. It's the resource I pull up most often during appointments.

The Little Seagull Handbook is my favorite print resource for looking up formatting and citation rules. It contains full-page, full-color examples that are extremely clear and easy to follow.

Written? Kitten!is a website that rewards writers every time they achieve a predetermined word count with a picture of a kitten. Kitties!

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Emily Pa.emily_pa

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior majoring in English and minoring in Professional Writing. Studying literature and being a peer writing tutor have taught me that writing isn’t only a way to share knowledge but to create knowledge. I rely on my writing process—taking notes, outlining, drafting, re-drafting—to develop what I thought I knew when I was staring at a blank page. When I’m not writing or talking about writing, I’m reading. When I’m feeling blind or brain dead from too much writing and reading, I’m looking for concerts to attend or overstaying my welcome on friends’ couches.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses

Tutoring Expertise

Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Grammar Girl is great for getting quick answers to questions you have when you're mid-draft, mid-paragraph, mid-sentence.

The DePaul Library website makes it easy to access either general or area-specfic research databases. And if you're ever at a loss, the Chat with a Librarian function is perfect to address your unique writing or research situation.

UCWbL Tutors. UCWbLers are bright, friendly, resourceful people who love talk about writing. They also tend to be hilarious.

Purdue OWL is easy to navigate and full of updated answers for any academic writing question. I find it particularly useful for help with citation styles.

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Emma R.emma_r

Writing Fellow, Peer Writing Tutor

My name is Emma R. and I am a senior at DePaul, pursuing and English major and a Spanish minor. In my free time, I love to travel, try new coffee places, cuddle with dogs, play the guitar, and take long walks. I also write for The DePaulia, covering theater-related interviews and events around Chicago. I think that the ability to share writing with others is incredible! I am thrilled that I get to take part in that process at the UCWbL, which has introduced me to so many fabulous writers and incredible ideas.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Cover Letters, English, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Thank You Letters, Theatre

Tutoring Expertise

APA, MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Spanish

Favorite Writing Resources

I have found that UCWbL tutors are always kind and insightful. They eased the transition I faced when entering my freshman year of college and have been helpful ever since!

The Purdue OWL is a clear and efficient way to find answers to a huge variety of writing-related questions.

I am always inclined to bring out a hard copy of the dictionary. It is a wonderful place to discover new words and clarify the meaning of others.

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Hannah B.hannah_b

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a junior majoring in English Literature with a minor in Professional Writing. I love writing literary analysis and conducting research. Aside from my experiences as an English major at DePaul, I am also the editorial intern for Summit Professional Networks, where I write articles for a business-to-business publication, which can be viewed on propertycasualty360.com. Coffee is a necessity to my writing process, and I prefer to write in a quiet and peaceful space. I believe that everyone who writes is a writer, and I love helping writers believe in their writing by helping them bring their great ideas onto the page.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Memos, News Articles, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Thank You Letters, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

AP, APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Multilingual Expertise

American Sign Language

Favorite Writing Resources

I love using Diana Hacker Online because the drop-down menus make it easy to navigate, and there are so many examples.

My fellow UCWbL Tutors are also an amazing source of information, and are always willing to help. In addition to fellow UCWbL Tutors, UCWbLing is a fantastic resource, and I find myself frequently reading blog entries for inspiration.

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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 eachappointment 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 résumé, 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 mynoise.net. 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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Hannah L.hannah_l

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a first year graduate student in the Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse M.A. program. Born and raised in Chicago, I live, breathe, listen, love, and write this city, particularly its poetry. In academia, I adore formulating theses, grammar, and rhetorical analyses. I seek to challenge myself and DePaul to share our poetry with one other, at the UCWbL and beyond. I immerse myself in stories, poems, jazz, Typical Cats, and any brave new sound. I could not be here without support of my professors and the ever-growing family of Chicago writers, so let us continue to grow together.

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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Karla W.karla_w

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a senior majoring in secondary education with a concentration in English. I'm student teaching next year in Spring quarter for 3 months, so freshmen...BEWARE! What I love about writing is being able to express myself; this might sound cheesy but I love getting assignments in English classes where I get to thoroughly explain my argument, and I love that someone's argument could potentially be totally different from my own. Which then leads to why I like helping others with their writing: collaboration is amazing! I think it's fascinating when two people can come together and create new and interesting ideas. When I'm writing, I usually like to be in quiet places such as my apartment or the library, but I can tolerate some moderate noise (i.e., country music). When I'm not writing, you'll find me doing homework or working out; that's pretty much life until student teaching consumes most of it.

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Religious Studies, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, ésumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL ILPs, Summaries, Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library is a great writing resource to use because it's literally available to you at any time, day or night. I love the online chat that allows you to communicate with a librarian, who can direct you to several links and websites within and outside the DePaul community. The library is also a useful source because it offers several search engines based on specific subjects or interests, so navigating is quick and easy.

I've been a fan of the Purdue OWL for years, and it's still one of my favorites as a writing resource. The Purdue OWL offers in depth explanations of the different types of writing styles, while also providing examples of an abstract page and citation page. Purdue OWL is also great for reviewing those simple grammar school English rules we often forget; conjunctions anyone?

Another writing resource I still use is a book I've had since 8th grade, you know that time when you're first learning how to write your first research paper. The book is titled How to Write A Research Paper: A Complete Guide. I love this book because it's great to flip through and have helpful reminders regarding specific title pages and different types of writing styles. I also love this book because it has a really in-depth explanations about citations, which can still be confusing depending of the type of writing style.

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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

Tutoring 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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Katie C.katie_c

Peer Writing Tutor, Head Writing Fellow

I am a junior majoring in Secondary English Education. I love writing because it is my favorite form of self expression. Helping other people with their writing allows me to take something that a lot of people find challenging and turn it into something they can enjoy, which makes expressing themselves that much easier. I'm a pop culture junkie, so when I'm not writing I can usually be found watching my favorite shows and tweeting about them. This really just makes me a writer again because, as The Handbook points out, "Anyone who writes anything is a writer," (Tweets included.).

Tutoring Expertise

College Applications, Digication/ePortfolios, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Lesson Plans, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Music Education , Poetry Analyses, Rhetorical Analyses, Summaries, Theatre

Tutoring Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The Purdue OWL, because it is up to date, easy to use, and comprehensive. I have yet to have a question it was unable to answer.

Other Peer Writing Tutors, because collaborating with other people helps to find multiple answers to my questions and also helps me to gain a lot of knowledge and insight.

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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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Maddie N.madelyn_n

Peer Writing Tutor

I am currently a senior, majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development. I believe that writing is a social process and personally enjoy the collaborative aspects of crafting a piece. I love helping others find their own niche in accordance to the writing process, but through this dialogue am also grateful for the new information I have learned about writing. In my free time, I enjoy eating copious amounts of cereal, building forts, and quoting lines from SpongeBob. I also play bass in a shoegaze band and have made it a goal to relive the 90s!

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Cover Letters, English, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Literary Analysis, Philosophy, Psychology, Research Papers, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Sociology, Summaries

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

The DePaul Library is a great resource when trying to locate specific texts to help write a paper or strengthen a piece. The chat with a librarian feature is an easy way to receive help when searching for possible works, especially if your topic is narrow or if you need help navigating the search domains.

The Purdue OWL website is incredibly helpful in regards to paper format. This recourse is extremely easy to navigate and provides examples and instructions in accordance to paper composition.

The UCWbL Tutors are a welcoming and knowledgeable resource! I often turn to UCWbLers when I need help brainstorming or organizing a piece, or when I feel completely lost in regards to the formation of my paper.

When writing and formatting psychology-based research papers, I often turn to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. I specifically like this text because it provides examples of structured papers, as well as lists the necessary information needed to craft each section of an authentic and unbiased research paper.

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Marianne B.marianne_b

Peer Writing Tutor

I approach tutoring, fundamentally, as a creative collaboration with writers because I believe that engagement between writer and reader in the creative process brings a depth to the end result that would not otherwise be possible. My work at the UCWbL brings to fruition my many years as a high school English teacher, which inform my analytic approach to problem solving, as well as my intuitive interest in writers and the principles of good writing. With my Master's of Arts Degrees in Educating Adults and Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, I plan to return to the classroom to teach writing.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, Biology, Book Proposals, Business Plans, Chemistry, College Applications, Conference Papers, Conference Presentations, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, Economics, English, Environmental Sciences, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, First Year Writing ePortfolio, Graduate & Professional School Applications, History, Journalism, Lesson Plans, Literacy Narratives, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, Marketing, Mathematics, Memos, Music Education , News Articles, Newsletters, Personal Statements, Philosophy, Poetry Analyses, Political Science, Psychology, Query Letters, Religious Studies, Research Papers, Research Proposals, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), Screenplays, SNL Advanced Projects, SNL ILPs, Sociology, Summaries, Thank You Letters, Theatre, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Purdue OWL and Diana Hacker Online are nicely organized and quick.

I turn to UCWbL tutors because I love to discuss/debate the finer points of writing.

Grammar Girl is fun.

Warriner's English Composition and Grammar—the text I used as a high school student and English teacher. It covers all the basics, thoroughly.

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Mark L.mark_l

Peer Writing Tutor, CMWR

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

Citation 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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Michelle C.michelle_c

Peer Writing Tutor

As a history major, the UCWbL is a crucial part of my writing process. I need a lot of feedback in order to gauge whether my reader is clear on my message or if I need to put more into each assignment. I've come to that understanding through working with other students and using the writing center frequently as a student. Working with other students helps me to be a better writer because it often opens my mind to other ideas, structures, and techniques. Feedback is crucial to effective communication, and I learn how to do that in the UCWbL everyday.

Tutoring Expertise

Abstracts, Annotated Bibliographies, Art/Art History, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, History, Literature Reviews, Magazine Articles, News Articles, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Research Papers, Rhetorical Analyses, Résumés and Curriculum Vita (C.V.), SNL Advanced Projects, SNL ILPs, Sociology, Theses & Dissertations, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA

Multilingual Expertise

French

Favorite Writing Resources

I love Grammar Girl because she's super fun and plucky, somehow she makes the rules of grammar less painful and more understandable.

Diana Hacker Online is the holy grail of academic websites, easy to search within and easy to use.

I also really like UW Madison's writing center's handout on paraphrasing and quoting sources. I use it a lot myself and when I work with other writers; it's crucial that we acknowledge our sources in academic writing. This guide takes some of the pressure of off trying to figure out how to quote and paraphrase well.

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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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Micki B.micki_b

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm in my final year as an English major, concentrating in Literature. If I had to get a tattoo of one of the UCWbL’s core beliefs, I'd choose "everyone who writes is a writer." I aim to reduce the frustration of academic writing during appointments and encourage writers to experiment with other styles and forms so that they may find the same love and enjoyment of writing that I have. I've been learning and performing at Second City, iO, and various other venues in Chicago since SNL Season 32 (one of the very best). I'm working to become a verified Twitter account.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Poetry Analyses, Research Papers, Screenplays, Thank You Letters, Theatre, Theses & Dissertations

MLA, MHRA

Favorite Writing Resources

Grammar Girl: Concise answers to popular questions, references included. There's also a podcast so I can get information streamed directly to my brain. UCWbL Tutors: Being that I'm constantly surrounded by the best and brightest at DePaul, it would be criminal if this *wasn't* one of my top resources. Purdue OWL: The amount of information available on OWL makes it something I can use for anything, from simple grammar questions to guidance on how to structure whole assignments.

Oxford English Dictionary: Sometimes I use words and realize I don't know if I used them correctly. Not only can I get a definition, there's also a long history of how the word has appeared over the course of recorded history.

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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

AAPA, 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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Patrick K.patrick_k

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a Junior, majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering. While my field of study is based in technology, I also love reading and writing. I write mostly short stories, but hopefully I can get published as a novelist. I believe that nothing is created alone, and the best things in life are done in collaboration. I enjoy tutoring because it helps both tutor and writer grow and become more effective users of language. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, swing dancing, and puttering about on the internet.

Tutoring Expertise

Annotated Bibliographies, College Applications, Cover Letters, Digication/ePortfolios, English, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Rhetorical Analyses, SNL Advanced Projects, Writing for the Web

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

Grammar Girl is one of those websites that I found myself coming back to for many tutoring and personal purposes. It is often the first Google result whenever you type in most general writing question and it always gives clear and easy to understand answers.

While I used to turn to the Purdue OWL for all my citation needs, I have recently been converted over to mainly using Diana Hacker Online because it has a much clearer website layout and a really helpful drag down menu for finding exactly the citation information you need.

UCWbL Tutors: When you are in the writing center, you are sitting in a room with fifteen or so extremely smart and talented writers who really know their stuff and they are always willing to help in any way they can.

Writing Center Websites: When I need a more in-depth answer to a question that I have, or if I want to recommend a resource for writer, I always turn to the resources that almost every Writing Center has on their websites. I start with the UCWbL's online resources, but I often frequent the website of the writing centers at University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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Ted D.ted_d

Peer Writing Tutor

I'm a senior, majoring in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse. When I'm not writing for class or work, I enjoy cooking/experimenting with recipes. Something that cooking and writing have in common is that there is always room for revision. It'll usually take me a few attempts/revisions before I get a recipe how I want it, and the same is true for my writing. In experimenting with my cooking and writing, a certain level of risk taking is necessary for my work to change and evolve, which is why creating an environment where writers can comfortably take risks is central to my tutoring philosophy and one of my everyday tutoring goals.

Tutoring Expertise

Cover Letters, English, Lesson Plans, Literary Analysis, Literature Reviews, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Theses & Dissertations

Citation Expertise

APA, MLA

Favorite Writing Resources

I'm a big fan of Grammar Girl because it's casual and accessible, which makes it great when I need a quick and accurate answer to a relatively inconsequential grammar-related question.

I like Purdue OWL because it's thorough, so it's helpful when I've got a big picture question about something like how to incorporate articles in a particular style or citations.

When I'm trying to explain a complicated concept or explain a difficult point, one of the things I most think about is the words I'm using and the small differences of meaning between them. So, the Merriam-Webster dictionary app on my phone is a resource I really like because it let's me quickly check the meanings of words and decide which I want to use to accurately explain. It's a download I definitely recommend.

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Thano P.thano_p

Peer Writing Tutor

I am a senior, majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. When I write, I usually find myself plopped in comfy armchair and covered in as many pillows and blankets as possible. Though the soundtrack to my work varies, it's usually anything that you'd hear on Chicago's Q101 or my own Byzantine Chant playlist. I love working with writers at the UCWbL because I use my tutoring time to become a better writer and teacher. I'm thoroughly convinced that I've learned more from my writers than they have learned from me. You can check out some of my work on the blog, OCF.

Tutoring Expertise

Digication/ePortfolios, English, Exegesis for Philosophical and Religious Texts, Lesson Plans, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analyses, Religious Studies, Thank You Letters

Citation Expertise

APA, Chicago (Turabian), MLA

Multilingual Expertise

French

Favorite Writing Resources

I often feel a bit technologically impaired. Using UCWbL tutors and the DePaul Library allows me to get excellent in-person help. If my DePaul professional can't give me the answer, then they can at least steer me in the direction that I need to go.

St. Martin's Handbook- Easy to follow and plenty of examples for all your citation needs.

UW Madison's Writer's Handbook- Put together by the UW Madison writing center, this resource has a really extensive list of grammar and citation rules.

r/Writing- Plenty of posts that cover anything from creative writing, to professional writing, to grammar. This subreddit also is a great place to discuss your writing concerns and to share your work.

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