Sometimes, as writers, we get nervous that our writing is not good enough. Sometimes we get stuck and stare at a blank screen waiting for inspiration. Sometimes we just need some clarification on a writing task or want someone to validate that what we are writing makes sense. Regardless of your needs or your writing ability, as a writer you will need help from time to time.
That’s where the Writing Center staff comes in, and I am happy to be part of the team. Most of my graduate work centered on educational equity, specifically access to higher education, but my dissertation (in-progress) focuses on the writing experiences of graduate students. Prior to coming to Amherst, I served as Assistant Editor for the academic journal, Equity & Excellence in Education, where I helped scholars refine their ideas, develop their conceptual frames, explore and incorporate the extant research, and present their findings clearly and concisely. My own research has been published in the Journal of Higher Education and Research in Higher Education. I have a M.Ed. in higher education from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in English and secondary education from Westfield State College. I have taught at UMass Amherst and Upward Bound, among other institutions, and I have volunteered as a tutor for English Language Learners. This semester (Spring 2014), I am thrilled to be leading a writing-focused educational philosophy course for Amherst transfer students.
Through my work as a teacher, student, scholar, and professional, I have learned that writing is a recursive and messy process that can be simultaneously thrilling and maddening. There is something exciting about watching your thoughts come to life on the page, but the work is hardly ever simple or straightforward. One of the most liberating moments in my writing life came from reading Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones many, many years ago. I realized that the best way to learn how to write is to write and that the truest way to original thought is to watch it develop through writing. I will gladly share these and other ideas I have about the writing process with you regardless of what stage you are in. I am pleased to offer appointments for writing mentoring, writing instruction, or application counseling and I look forward to getting to know you, your thoughts, your process, and your writing.
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