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Writing Center Staff

CORINNE MCCUMBER

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A junior English major and soon-to-be Medieval Studies minor, Corinne loves the stories that make up and influence people's lives. She sees writing as a constant battle, for it is a skill she has acquired and maintained with much difficulty and diligence; which may be part of why she loves it. When she isn't vanquishing poor grammar or defending against logical fallacies, Corinne can be seen around campus performing with the improv comedy troupe Sports Team, practicing her viola for the Chamber Orchestra, handling horses with the Saddle Club, or playing Dungeons and Dragons with her friends. Whether you need help deciphering a prompt, overcoming the blank page in front of you, venting your anger about APA formatting, re-structuring your argument, fine-tuning your conclusion, or anything in between, set up a meeting with her. She's more than happy to help you conquer your writing foes.

JAKE MILLER

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As a junior English and German Studies major, Jake has been called a “language guy.” While he’s not quite sure that’s true, he does love to read and write, either for one of his English courses or independently. He’s been told many times to quit wasting time on video games, though he hasn’t yet (he’ll play a round of Super Smash Bros with anybody), and when he can get out of the room he also enjoys cross country skiing when it’s snowy and running when it’s not. He’d be happy to help with any writing-related concerns, and extra happy to work on writing with a creative bend!

ABBY MOONEY

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Abby is a fourth year English and Secondary Education major. She has been in love with reading and writing ever since she discovered that her parents couldn't make her do chores if she was always buried in a book. When she is not running from one activity to the next, she is listening to music, singing to her steering wheel, or plunking out some tunes in the minor key on the piano. She will do pretty much anything to be outdoors, and she always keeps her tent and sleeping bag in the trunk of her car, so that she is prepared for any excursion that may present itself to her. When it comes to writing, she really values the practice of talking through ideas with others. She is especially happy when she can help others translate those ideas to paper. Additionally, although she once abhorred grammar, she now finds it fascinating, and she believes that she has the ability to spread that fascination to others (insert maniacal laughter here).

ANDREW POTACH

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Andrew is a Junior pursuing a history major with a minor in Spanish, and has significant experience as an academic writer. He can assist with any part of the writing process: brainstorming ideas for a paper, helping to revise a draft, or simply giving a second look at a piece of writing. Andrew believes that the process of writing is an act of discovery, and even students who feel confident with their skills might find something new after a visit to the Writing Center. Andrew is professional and courteous, and looks forward to meeting new writers every Wednesday night. Outside of writing, his hobbies include watching films by great directors, playing Chopin, and reading.

MOLLY SHOOP

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Only stepping in the Humanities building when absolutely necessary, Molly adds to the mix of students involved with the Writing Center who are foreign to the English major as a girl with her eyes dead set on a degree in Psychology. Her scholarly pursuits are overshadowed, perhaps only, by the fact that Molly is your friend. Indeed, friendship is one of her most defining characteristic traits, ranking equally with her knack for making references to 80s cult films nobody has seen and staying up long hours of the night listening to her friend’s problems. Molly has more passions than a centipede has feet, but a few of her most notable ones are her writing a fictional book about the end of humanity carrying on from work done with the UMM literary magazine Floating World, grassroots political activism / assorted family fun with the campus’ Queer Devil Worshipers for a Better Future, and rolling around on her bedroom floor in sync with the bass lines featured on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. Molly is especially interested in helping writers find their voice, add / subtract the right content to meet pesky word count requirements, and organize papers as a whole. Be anything but nervous when it comes to requesting time with her at the Writing Center.

AMBER SIDDIQUI

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Bio coming soon!

MEGAN STEBLAY

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A sophomore English and Environmental Science double major, Megan not-so-secretly wishes she were a Disney princess. She makes up for this unlikelihood, however, by composing her own stories where she can write about royals galore. She also loves birds (and not just because it's the princess thing to do), so if you ever need some cheering up, ask her to show you a funny bird video. On campus, you might spot her in the piano practice-rooms or out and about with her camera. Megan is happy to assist with any stage of your writing, from coaxing out your document-shy ideas to firming up a finished product.

TISHA TURK, WRITING CENTER DIRECTOR

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Tisha teaches courses about writing, literature, and fandom. Her PhD is in English literature, but she has experience working with writers in lots of different fields in the sciences and social sciences as well as humanities and education. She’s the person to talk to for help with personal statements for graduate school, but she can also help people start and revise papers for either intro or advanced classes. When she’s not working in the Writing Center or teaching, she’s usually reading, gardening, cooking, or watching science fiction TV. These days she is also writing a book about media fandom, a process that reminds her on a daily basis that writing is hard, so she’s happy to commiserate with people who are feeling frustrated or stuck.