Writing Center

Meet the Team

Coordinators

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 2012. 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

 

 

Stevie 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 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.

 

 

Ben (they/them). I wanted to work in the Writing Center this year because I love writing and I love to help people better themselves. I’m majoring in English Education, so this work helps me build invaluable experience for when I start teaching in a classroom. Outside of school, I enjoy taking care of my houseplants, drawing, and reading. My favorite quote is: “someone will remember us / I say / even in another time” by Sappho (translated by Anne Carson). As the story goes, the original parchment containing some of Sappho’s writing was used to stop a wine jug over 2,000 years ago. The wine eventually dissolved most of the parchment, leaving only this fragment. I really love the fragment; it shows how great writing can come from anywhere, even an old bottle of wine.

 

 

Hayden (she/her). I wanted to become involved with the Writing Center because I love any and all forms of scientific writing, and I want to be a resource for students on campus who need help in that area! I am majoring in Health Promotion Studies with a concentration in Allied Health, with a double minor in Biology and Psychology. Outside of the Writing Center, I love playing and watching sports (especially soccer, Manchester is RED!) and I also work in a local physical therapy clinic. My favorite quote is “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” from Walt Disney. This has been my favorite quote since high school because it’s one thing to have a dream, but it is an entirely different story to muster the motivation, bravery, and courage it takes to act on that dream and do everything in your power to make it happen.

 

 

Jason (he/him). What drew me to the Writing Center was the desire to help writers improve their confidence in approaching their writing because I believe that everyone has the potential to be a good writer. My major is English Literature, which I chose because of my passion for writing and language, but I also have a minor in Computer Science. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, playing music, and spending time with my dog whenever I can. A favorite quote of mine is “For there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so” from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, because it calls attention to both the importance of perspective and perfectly describes the idea that we are entirely in control of our reaction to and interpretation of the world around us.

 

 

Jay (he/they). I am excited to be working in the Writing Center because I enjoy writing and brainstorming with others. I am majoring in Psychology, and I’ll be graduating in May 2022. Outside of school I like reading, writing, video and photo editing, and traveling. My favorite quote is definitely this: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality,” which was said by Desmond Tutu, a South African activist. This quote reminds me that everyone has a responsibility to advocate for others and push for progress.

 

 

Mikayla (she/her). I’m a senior majoring in Professional Writing with a concentration in creative writing. I enjoy working at the Writing Center because I get to see different types of readers and writers as well as assist them with their needs. For my free time, I like to listen to music, binge watch Netflix shows, and write in my journal. My favorite quote from Maya Angelou is “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” This quote embodies the importance of self-love and loving yourself without regret or doubt is essential to live a successful life.

 

 

Tom (he/him).  I cannot express how happy I am to have this opportunity to work in the Writing Center. I love to see people learn and expand their knowledge and abilities, and having the honor to help you to do so is as great a reward as I can ask for. I am presently engaged in a Master’s of Fine Art in Creative and Professional Writing, but have spent most of my life working as an archaeologist both in the field and the classroom. Outside of WestConn, I serve on several boards and committees, but the center of my life is my wonderful wife and son, whose lives and small doings I will strive not to bore you with. After all, I am much more interested in you and what you have to say than I am in my own life (I live that every day). As my father used to say, “A school is a teaching institution; a college or university is a learning institution.”

 

 

Nora (she/her): Hello! I’m a senior majoring in sociology and political science. I really enjoy working in the writing center and the opportunity it gives me to help others. In my free time I like to read, or when the weather is nice, go hiking. One of my favorite quotes is, “You an encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated” from Maya Angelou. We can’t give up, which is especially true when it comes to writing.

 

 

 

 

 

Cameron (she/her): Greetings! My name is Cameron, and I am a graduate student pursuing an MFA in Creative & Professional Writing. I earned my BA in English from the University of New Haven and worked at the Writing Center there for three years. I am excited to continue sharing my passion for writing with others and to help writers become more confident in their work. In addition to working at the Writing Center, I volunteer as a writer for a local non-profit developing an educational role-playing game. When I’m not working, you might find me reading comics, trying to adopt every cat I see, or driving around with my car windows down and my radio turned up too loud. A quote I like about writing is “…write down everything you cannot comprehend,” from the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. I like this quote because writing is the way I come to terms with the world.