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Graduate Writing Center

UVM Writing Center: Appointments

Meet the Consultants

Heidi Caldwell

I'm a M.S. student in the Counseling Program. I graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Studies. I enjoy exploring writing styles across disciplines and learning new ways of communicating through writing. While I'm not peer tutoring at the Graduate Writing Center, you may find me frolicking in the mountains, experimenting with cookie recipes, or reading Harry Potter.

Wes Dunn

I'm an English M.A. student. I have also studied education and agriculture in the past, and have a longstanding interest and three summer's worth of experience in farming. My academic interests include old and middle English, gender theory, poetry, ecocriticism and journalism. I divide my stolen moments of free time between pursuits such as cooking, hanging out with cats, running, motorcycling and camping. One of my favorite occupations, however, is serving as a peer writing consultant. I look forward to meeting with fellow writers from any discipline!

Diana Hackenburg

I am a Ph.D. student in the Rubenstein School studying the connections between human well-being and nature, as well as communication, education, and community action related to the environment. Before coming to UVM, I was a science writer/editor for North Carolina Sea Grant and communications manager for the Triangle Land Conservancy. I studied environmental science and public affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington. In between my research and classes, I enjoy hiking, cooking and baking, listening to podcasts, and reading.

Stuart Hackley

I'm a master's student in the history program. I study 19th century Germany with an emphasis on cultural and gender history. Before coming to UVM, I taught English and history for several years, including during year-long stints in China and Germany. I write autobiographical short stories and love writing center work, especially with people whose work differs significantly from my own.

Steve Hamilton

I am a graduate student in the History M.A. program. I graduated from St. Anselm College last year, and History has always been my passion. My focus is the Hellenistic world (the Near East post-Alexander the Great), with a sprinkling of the most random historical periods you can think of. Otherwise, I'm an avid gamer, and a writing tutor.

Alyssa Jones

I am pursuing a master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with hopes of eventually becoming a speech-language pathologist. I have a strong interest in helping people of all ages and abilities successfully express themselves and communicate with others, and I particularly love working with young children. I am a member of a local contemporary dance company, and in my (limited) free time I enjoy popcorn, live music, and local beer!

Brittany Mahoney

I'm a master's student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in Linguistics with a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies. While I enjoy writing outside of the academic setting, I also spend my free time socializing with friends and dogs.

Maureen McCoy

I am a graduate student beginning my M.S. in Historic Preservation. I have Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Art History and Humanities, specifically focusing on the ancient world. I have been a tutor for nine years and a tutor trainer for almost as long. I love helping others increase their understanding of material and improve their work. In my free time, I like cooking new recipes, traveling, working out, reading, and making friends with other peoples' animals.

Emily Mortner

I am a master's student in Communication Sciences and Disorders pursuing my degree to become a speech-language pathologist. As a health sciences student, my main focus is in clinical writing for the health professional. I also have experience in assisting writers who come from humanities and science backgrounds. In my free time I enjoy skiing and drinking lots of coffee.

Arnelle Sambile

I am an M.Ed. student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program. I graduated from San Diego State University in 2017 with a degree in English and Communication. I am passionate about using writing as a means of healing and storytelling. In my free time, you'll find me cooking, drinking tea, designing logos and flyers, or catching up on my TV shows.

Courtney Smith

I'm an M.A. student in the History program. I specialize in medieval history and am particularly interested in England and France. I graduated from Plymouth State University this past spring with degrees in History and Philosophy, as well as minors in Psychology and Medieval Studies. I spend a lot of my free time binge-watching shows on Netflix and doing origami!

What to Expect When You Meet with a Graduate Writing Consultant

You will meet with your consultant for up to one hour. If you have a draft, bring it with you - but since it may not be possible for you and the consultant to discuss an entire draft in one hour, think too about which sections you'd most like to focus on. (If you are at work on a digital project such as a website or PowerPoint, bring a laptop or notebook, too.) If you don't yet have a draft, bring along any information - an assignment, Call for Papers, initial notes -- that can help you and your consultant get into a productive discussion to get you started. Most of all, be prepared to be involved. A consultant can't write or correct a paper but can help you take a next step - with a particular project and with perspectives and strategies that can apply to other writing situations too.

If you select Skype for your appointment (recommended only for graduate students who cannot make it to campus), your consultant will email you with further details on how to connect, so watch your UVM inbox for this important message!

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