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Writing Center

Meet the Team

Dr. Kelli Custer (she/her). I am the Writing Center Coordinator and an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. I have taught writing and worked in writing centers for almost 30 years in Idaho, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Colorado before coming to WCSU in 2014. I passionately believe in the importance of literacy in our lives, and one of my greatest joys is the sound of a busy Writing Center. We work together here to welcome you, support you, and leave you feeling as a more confident writer. You can do it!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Michael Stewart Lewis, PhD, is the Coordinator of Composition and Interim Director of the University Writing Center. Prior to his work at WCSU, Dr. Lewis developed basic writing programs and directed an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program in Georgia. Dr. Lewis works with programs across campus to incorporate writing into classrooms and teach about writing in the university. His research interests include the organic metaphor of writing since the nineteenth-century and the trope’s impact on modern university writing, decadence and writing, mental health in the professoriate, professional issues in the humanities and the new metaphysics.

 

Steph Myers (she/her). I am the Writing Center Assistant Coordinator, and I also occasionally teach in the Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. I have worked as a professor, tutor, literary interventionist, and copyeditor. I got my Bachelor’s degree in writing and my MFA in creative and professional writing at WCSU. When I was a graduate student, I worked as a tutor in the Writing Center, and I am excited to be back in this new role. I believe in the power of words and love doing what I can to help others succeed and feel comfortable and confident in their writing.

“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is a proof that humans are capable of magic.” -Carl Sagan

 

Writing Consultants

Allie (she/her). I’m excited to be working in the Writing Center this year as I love to hear from writers and their individual experiences with writing. I joined the Writing Center as I am majoring in English Education and consider this work to be a study in the needs of writers and readers alike. Outside of the Writing Center, I enjoy working in my veggie and flower gardens with my two dogs and five hens. My favorite quote is “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong,” from Joseph Chilton Pearce. To me, this quote embraces my theory of the practice of writing. For this reason, writers can expect to have an open dialogue with me about their writing during their appointments.

 

Gina (she/her). I am a Secondary Education – English major. I am excited to work in the Writing Center because I hope to inspire students to write more and to write outside of their comfort zones. I aim to not only help writers on one specific project but to also teach and reinforce strategies and techniques that one may struggle with. Writers can expect a friendly and easygoing character when they work with me. I hope writers leave the Writing Center feeling confident and comfortable. Outside of school, I enjoy running, going to the beach, watching Yankees games, and playing with my dog, Sammy. 

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.” – Virginia Woolf

 

Leslie (she/her). I am a senior majoring in professional writing/journalism. I am excited to work in the Writing Center because I love writing and I love helping people–I’m more than thrilled that I get to do both at the same time! Interacting and reading pieces written by my peers has always inspired me. By assisting others, I’m benefiting and learning new styles and concepts in order to improve my own work ethic and writing. When working with me, students can expect a lot of patience, a positive mindset, and a smile. Outside of school, I enjoy writing poetry, making baked goods, hiking and looking at flowers, watching (probably superhero) movies, and drinking coffee. 

“A writer is a world trapped in a person.” – Victor Hugo

 

Anna (she/her) I’m a senior Professional Writing major with a concentration in Creative Writing. I am always excited for a new semester at the Writing Center because that means I get to do what I love most, which is helping others become more confident in their writing. When students come in to work with me, they can expect someone who takes whatever blocks, insecurities, or questions that they may have and helps them work through it. Whether it takes one session or multiple, I am here to help you through the ever-fluctuating and unique writing process.

Outside of work, I spend whatever time I can creating—whether that’s through writing, music, film—and I am constantly looking to learn and find new ways to express myself.

“Most of us can’t help but live as though we’ve got two lives to live, one is the mockup, the other the finished version, and then there are all those versions in between.” -André Aciman

 

Walter (he/him). I’m a first year student in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing. I graduated from Union College in 2018 with degrees in History and Psychology. I’m excited to work in the writing center because I love writing and seeing how each individual writer approaches the process. When I’m not at school, I’m either playing or watching sports, going out with friends, or reading about history. If you work with me in the Writing Center, you can expect me to give you my best effort when it comes to helping you with whatever you came in for.

“The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any.” – Russell Baker

 

Bill (he/him). I am a fifth-year psychology and interdisciplinary studies major with a minor in creative writing. I enjoy working in the Writing Center because it gives me an opportunity to work with people from a variety of majors and help them reach their goals. I aim to help advance the field of research about writing centers and to help students develop their skills and become more confident about research and writing. Students working with me can expect a consultant who is familiar with a variety of styles of paper (such as MLA, APA, and Chicago) and research methods. Outside of school I like to read (mostly urban fantasy, lately) and work on my fiction writing. 

“But every writer, especially every novelist, has a ‘message,’ whether [they] admits it or not, and the minutest details of [their] work are influenced by it. All art is propaganda.” –  George Orwell.

 

Meredith (she/her). I am a Professional Writing major with a concentration in Creative Writing. My hobbies include writing, reading, playing with my dogs, and listening to show tunes. I am excited to work in the writing center because I hope to share my love of writing with others. I aim to demystify the writing process and make others more comfortable with writing. 

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” – Jodi Picoult

 

Ben (he/him). I am an English/Writing major. It’s always great working at the Writing Center as it exposes us as tutors to all kinds of fledgling writers. No matter how much we improve our own writing, we can always learn more, be it from novices or masters of their crafts. By working in the Writing Center, we get to help students who might be tied up with difficulties writing realize their full potential at college. Just because someone isn’t amazing at writing, doesn’t mean they aren’t amazing, period. My personal goal is to help writers understand what their troubles with writing stem from so that they are better prepared to help themselves in the future. When not working or attending classes, I play video games or curl up with my cats to read a book.

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” – Octavia E. Butler

 

Joseph (he/him). I am a Communications Studies major. I’m excited to work in the Writing Center this semester because I am fascinated by the different ways students of all disciplines, ages, and backgrounds experience a relationship with their own writing. I find that, as a writing consultant, my job is to help students reimagine, advance, and cultivate this unique relationship, or perhaps even introduce them to one for the very first time. I approach each session to address what the writer can benefit the most from during our time together. This can mean troubleshooting their specific concerns about an assignment (how to write a thesis statement, how to turn class notes into an outline, how to interpret an instructor’s assignment directions, etc.) or exploring the ways in which I can guide them to expand their capacity to use language in a way that empowers them with some degree of creative agency. Outside of school, I enjoy listening to music, reading, and jogging. 

“Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied.” – Noam Chomsky

 

Molly (she/her). I am a graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts in creative and professional writing program and am focusing on food and travel writing. I love working with students to help increase their confidence levels when it comes to writing through creative brainstorming techniques and experimenting with different structures. I hope to help students become as prepared as possible for their upcoming papers and help equip them with a toolbox of skills so that they can tackle any project confidently. When coming to work with me, students should be prepared and open to exploring their writing in new ways, be ready to work, and, of course, have fun while learning something in the process. Outside of school, I am constantly in the pursuit of the perfect pizza (recommendations welcome!) and enjoy hanging out with my feline buddy, Finley. 

“Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel like I should be doing something else.” – Gloria Steinem

 

Brendan (he/him). I am a student in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing program at Western Connecticut State University. I’m an aspiring educator with a love for Fantasy literature, storytelling, and self-discovery through creative expression. Consulting in the writing center offers me the opportunity of working with students from various backgrounds and writing experiences. Writers should approach their session with me ready to face one aspect of their writing that scares them.

Outside of school, I spend my time writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, digging through Tolkien mythology, and fishing. I’m an Inspirational Inquirer who isn’t afraid to slay a sentence or two on the writer’s journey and believe you can be too.

“The use of imaginative fiction is to deepen your understanding of your world, and your fellow men, and your own feelings, and your destiny.”

– Ursula K. Le Guin

Rocco (he/him). I am a senior working on a interdisciplinary degree focusing on Professional Writing and Communication Studies. I’m excited to be a part of the Writing Center team because it is a safe haven for anyone feeling stuck with a writing assignment, and everyone’s been in that position at some point. I’m hoping to share with students the writing knowledge I currently have and also learn to improve my own writing in the process. Students working with me in the Writing Center can expect a warm and open conversation about their writing assignment and its related topics, such as how they feel about their class or writing in general. When I’m not in class or at work, I’m probably making a new Spotify playlist.

“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca