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Writing Center

Phone(775) 784-6030
Emailwriting_center@unr.edu
Location Mackay Science
Room 108
Address 1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  NV  89557-0213
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Meet Our Consultants

UWC Consultants

Aaron

Hello, my name is Aaron Smale and I am currently working on an undergraduate degree in English Writing, and minoring in Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies.  This is my third year at UNR, and I am very passionate about most subjects concerning the humanities, English, writing, and critical thinking and theory.  I love to collaborate with other writers on any paper from any discipline, and I like to brainstorm and organize papers, with an ear for rhythm and strength throughout. In helping you with your paper, I am strongest in subjects such as creative writing, poetry, Core Humanities, Literary Theory, and English, though I'm happy to help out with other topics as well. When I'm not on campus, I like to read too much sci-fi, watch a lot of movies, drink quality coffee, and be bossed around by my cat, Isis.

Abby

Hi! My name is Abby Feenstra. I'm a senior studying English literature and women's studies with minors in psychology and chemistry. As you could probably tell from my variety of studies, I'm interested in absolutely everything and I have experience writing in several different fields. I've always loved reading and writing and I hope to one day do it for a living, preferably as an English professor. I'm already using my writing and editing skills in my other on-campus jobs, which include copy editing for The Nevada Sagebrush and editing Joe Crowley Student Union publications. I also work as a Facility Supervisor at the Joe. In my free time, I enjoy reading everything I can get my hands on, as well as long-distance running. I'm probably best when it comes to English assignments as that is my chosen field of study, but I'll help anyone with anything!

Ben

Hello, my name is Benjamin Loar. This is my second year with the University Writing Center and I am a very capable tutor with excellent spelling, grammatical and punctuation skills, and I also have an expertise with APA format and citation.  I am a full-time student at UNR in the field of Education, and in my spare time, I play a lot of video games, watch movies, go swimming, or ride my bike around the city.

Blanca

Hello, I'm Blanca. I'm a senior and an English major with emphasis in writing and a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I will be going to grad school to pursue a career in teaching. I am still a student, but I am very comfortable in creating strong arguments and enjoy looking for places where writing can be strengthened. I enjoy breaking down topics to brain storm for prompts or assisting in research. The areas I am most experienced with are in the humanities though I will do my best to help strengthen the writing of any subject matter.  Outside of school I enjoy reading a wide range of fiction, doodling, and playing the occasional FPS video game on my PC.

Brian

Hi, I'm Brian H. McLelland. I'm an English-Writing major and Journalism minor. I love writing and I'm happy to help you with any projects you might need assistance with. I'm extremely comfortable working with English, Core Humanities, Psychology, History, and creative writing. I'm also the president of Stellaria Writing Club, an ASUN club on campus. When I'm not writing, I enjoy video games (perhaps too much!), reading (mostly horror/sci-fi), and spending time with my wife and dog.

Brianna

Hi! I'm Brianna, and I'm a journalism graduate student, focusing on PR and marketing. I'm an avid reader and writer and have self-published a few things on Amazon. I have a BA in Humanities and an MA in Teaching from Sierra Nevada College. When I'm not writing or working or going to class, I can be found with my Kindle in hand. I also love spending time with friends and traveling. I run a freelance editing business, Soloski Editing, and am the editorial assistant of a prominent Las Vegas magazine. I'm super excited to be working in the Writing Center and can't wait to help you with your papers.

Brittney

Hello! I am Brittney and I am a Junior majoring in Forest Management and Ecology and minoring in Chemistry and Ecohydrology. I recently graduated from TMCC with Associate's Degrees in Biology and Environmental Science. I have tutored writing at TMCC for two years and am happy to now be doing the same at UNR! I love scientific writing as well as research, argument, and analysis essays. I am also confident in assisting with lab reports, resumes, and purpose statements.  My strengths include brainstorming, research, organization, and crafting effective thesis statements. When I am not tutoring or doing school work I enjoy off-roading, hiking, camping, fishing,cooking, and rocking out to some local music.  I hope to meet you soon!

Colin

My name is Colin deSousa and I am a first time Writing Consultant at the Writing Center. I am currently a sophomore Political Science major and will soon have a minor in Renewable Energy as well. I have a passion for making the world a better place and by doing this I take another step towards that dream. I also love sports, especially football and baseball. In my spare time I love researching politics, watching the Red Sox play baseball, and hanging out with friends. I strongly feel my purpose in life is to learn and this experience will surely do that. I look forward to this coming school year and helping my peers reach their true potential!

Cory

Hello! My name is Cory Anderson and I am currently a Junior at UNR.  I am an English major with an emphasis in Literature and a minor in Journalism. I eventually want to obtain my graduate degree in English Literature as well as pursuing a career in the publishing world. I eventually want to obtain this degree at NYU. Until then, I will enjoy being your writing tutor at UNR. I am currently learning to speak Spanish as well and hope to study abroad in Spain for a semester this year. In addition to working at the writing center I hope to start volunteering at St. Mary's Medical Center this year as well. By participating in a wide range of activities I believe this further boosts my skills set in the writing center as well. In my free time I enjoy blogging and hiking; two very diverse activities! I enjoy immersing myself in a wide range of different activities and I believe this helps to expand my view the world in general. My strengths in writing are outlining and creating thesis statements. I am excited to not only assisting you with your writing this year, but also taking new skills from you as students that I can add to my skills set. I look forward to meeting you all!

Erin G

Hi my name is Erin.  I am currently working on my PhD in Rhetoric in Composition--which basically means I pay money to learn how to help people become better writers. While my background is in English, I love learning new things and enjoy working with writers from all disciplines. In addition to academic writing, I love working with personal essays (applications essays, scholarship essays, etc.). When I'm not teaching, tutoring, and working on my own writing, I might be found doing any number of things, including baking cookies, criticizing SportsCenter anchors, or button mashing.

Hawah

Howdy! My name is Hawah Ahmad and I am a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno pursuing a dual major in Neuroscience and Political Science.  I am very excited to begin my first year as a writing consultant and to assist our college community in all aspects of generating research papers. My strengths revolve around organization, planning, and thesis development in the writing process.  In my spare time I enjoy shopping, music, reading and baking pastries. I keep busy volunteering in the community and doing research with the Psychology department at the University. I am available to help you convey your thoughts and answer your writing questions. So let’s chill, be silly, get work done and whip out an awesome paper that you will be proud of!

Jessica

I am a part time Graduate Assistant at the Writing Center, and I've worked here since 2010. I am currently pursuing an MA in Writing, and I graduated with my BA in Language and Linguistics (with a minor in Cultural Anthropology) in 2012. I also teach a section of English 101. I most enjoy working with writers during the pre-writing stages (brainstorming, free writing, outlining, etc.). I have experience with core writing, Core Humanities, and Anthropology papers, and I specialize in grammar, syntax, and reading strategies. I also work as a blogger and social media consultant. When I'm not working, I enjoy reading and writing sci-fi and fantasy. I also enjoy playing video games and working on my time machine (so I can capture dinosaurs and teach them to be productive members of society today).

JJ

Hi! I’m J.J. I love video games, food, music, and I’m a little bit too involved (unhealthy even) with some television shows. I’m currently a junior/senior pursuing a B.A. in both English and Anthropology. My specialization is in English writing.  I love prose, style, and grammar. I’m comfortable looking at any of these things with you, as well as outlining, brainstorming, organizing, and thesis building. I’m pretty proficient in using the English language, but I’m not going to pretend that I know everything—I’m still learning and building my craft like everyone else! Whatever your needs may be, I will do my best to help.

Jonathan

Hi! My name is Jonathan Vivet, but you can call me Jon. I am currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. This is my first semester working for the University Writing Center as a consultant, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to meet all of you. I consider critical reading, brainstorming, outlining, thesis development, organization, structure, and forming a confident voice my strengths as a writer. I am also familiar with AP style and journalism writing in general. I would love to help you with any of your English, Core Humanities, creative writing, and journalism projects. As a student with background in natural resources I've also had experience writing scientific papers, so don't be shy to meet with me about that either. When I'm not working or doing class work, I like to volunteer for various organizations, read, camp, and write creatively. Hope to see you soon!

Jonny

My name is Jonathan DuBois, and this is my second year working at the writing center. I'm a dual major in Discrete Mathematics/Operations Research and English Writing. I consider brainstorming, organization, grammar, syntax, and style my greatest strengths as a tutor. I especially like working on Rhetorical Analysis and argumentative papers, but would love to help you with any job related papers, like resumes, cover letters, or personal statements, as well as any creative writing projects you may be working on. Don't let that discourage you from seeing me about lab reports or any science related paper though. I love that shit. I also love working with ELL students, since English is the greatest language there is and I derive great joy from helping pass it on to others. I'm a very visual learner, so I find that I use many graphs, diagrams, and other drawings to organize my thoughts and explain word usage, syntax, and overall arguments. One day I hope to be a published author/English professor/mathematical consultant. I play eight man for the University Rugby Club, and in those extremely few weekends a year I actually get free time I like to spend them skiing, hiking, biking, climbing, and fishing.

Jowi

My name is Jowi Asmar, and I am a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and International Affairs. I am a Reno native, and I have been a loyal Pack fan since the day I was born! Outside of campus, I love playing basketball, listening to music, and reading up on current events. I am looking forward to helping people with their writing skills because writing is an essential skill to have for a successful college career.  My writing strengths are evident in English, Core Humanities, History, and Political Science papers. I focus on perfecting organization, analysis, proofreading, and MLA and APA format skills.  I am also fluent in Arabic and would be able to help anybody with an English language barrier who speaks Arabic as their first language. I am excited to help you become a better writer, and I hope to meet you soon!

Logan

Hey, I’m Logan Miller and I am a senior at UNR pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in writing and a minor in Journalism. This is my first semester working for the University Writing Center and I’m excited at the prospect of assisting my fellow students in producing their own fantastic writing. I remember the first time a professor gave me the tools to really feel confident in assessing my own writing and it is this feeling I most want to share. My strengths lie in writing for English, Core Humanities, and Journalism and I have a particularly robust background in literary and cultural theory and criticism. I love that stuff. I prefer to focus on structure, argument, voice, and ambition within my own writing and these are the areas where I can offer the most insight, but I’m a captive audience member and I’m willing to discuss any concerns you might have with your own writing. Yes, we can even discuss AP style!

Megan

Hey, there! I am a book nerd with a weak spot for mudding, shooting stuff in the Nevada desert and cars. This adoration has a tendency to lend itself towards dirty garages and bad hearing, but that's okay. I love skiing and biking but also enjoy certain anti-climactic stuff like gardening and hanging out in the hammock in my backyard. I have a minor in print journalism and am currently pursing a B.S. in mechanical engineering. With a solid background in essay writing, I'm always up for helping with C.H. and English papers. Need help with the sciences and pesky lab reports? Great! I'm happy to help there, too. I've had two of my creative writing pieces published in journals, so if you need some advice with poetry or fiction, I can always lend a hand. Have a good day.

Miranda

Hi, I’m Miranda. I’m pursuing a master’s degree in social work and I have been working at the Writing Center for two and a half years. I graduated with a dual degree in psychology/sociology and a minor in creative writing in 2011. I was a member of the Honors and McNair programs as an undergraduate and I completed an Honors thesis on migraine headaches. I greatly enjoy substitute teaching and binge watching TV shows that have ended, and in my free time I do zumba and volunteer at the Crisis Call Center and Solace Tree. I have experience with graduate school applications, personal statements and thesis writing so I am more than happy to help with any of these. I also enjoy discussing APA and MLA formatting as well as thesis development and organization in all writing genres. I can help with any type of writing, however, so come see me and we can figure things out together.

Sarah

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am  majoring in English with an emphasis in writing and minoring in journalism and religious studies. This is my first semester at the Writing Center. In my free time I like to read fantasy and sci-fi novels as well as classic works. I play video games as often as possible. My favorite games to play are the Mass Effect series. I have a very big, yet adorable dog named Charlie who likes to laze around with me while I do these things. When I do get out of my house I enjoy taking my dog on walks and sometimes I attempt to longboard. However, when it isn't warm out you won't find me outside very often as I dislike the cold. I have experience in writing essays of many types as well as journalism articles and creative writing (poems and short stories). I would love help you with any stage of your writing. I believe that my best writing skills are brainstorming, organization, and thesis development. I am creative and always strive to improve my own writing. I also love to help others succeed in their writing.

Stewart

Hello! My name is Stewart Matzek, and I'm currently in my junior year as an English Writing major. I'm working towards my bachelors in English Writing with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language, and I plan afterwards to get my Master's degree in the same subject. Primarily my coursework has focused on literary critique and argumentative essays, but I have a passion for creative writing and, really, any other type of writing out in the world, and I'd be happy to help with any writer in need of assistance in whatever subject of their choice! While my classical education lies firmly in the English field, the qualities of arguing and proving points are universal across disciplines. I also believe that being able to communicate ideas clearly and effectively is a skill everyone should have regardless of their choice of major. I look forward to assisting any writers in need of advice or reassurance! In my free time I love to read and write fiction, and I probably play too many video games for my own good.  

Wallie

Hi! My name is Walanya, but everyone calls me Wallie. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in news and broadcast, and minoring in psychology. I have experience writing for The Nevada Sagebrush, and Aphrodite, a women's health and fitness magazine. I absolutely love writing, reading, and basically anything that deals with Journalism or English. In my free time, I like doing anything crafty or creative, making or listening to music, shopping, and going to the gym! I am more than happy to help with any writing concerns and I look forward to meeting you!

Writing Center Staff:

William J. Macauley, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, University Writing Center
Associate Professor, Department of English
Email: wmacauleyjr@unr.edu

Maureen McBride, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, University Writing Center   
Lecturer, Department of English
Northern Nevada Writing Project Co-Director
Email: mmcbride@unr.edu

Annette Cooper 
Administrative Assistant, University Writing Center
Email: annettec@unr.edu 

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