Spring 2014 at Writers' Corner

Spring 2014 : Printable Schedule (PDF) 

Writers' Corner Policies and Procedures

Tutoring vs. Proofreading, or What Does it Mean that Tutors Don't Proofread?

Westmont College Plagiarism Policy

Writers' Corner, Westmont’s writing center, is located in the library’s Learning Commons (VL 215).  

Drop-ins are welcome; tutorials are free. Tutors are available during afternoon and evening hours:

Open Hours (P.M.)

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

4:00-5:00

CLOSED

Max Dunn

Kristabel Stark

Michelle Macdonald

Megan Litschewski

5:00-6:00

CLOSED

Max Dunn

Kristabel Stark

Michelle Macdonald

Megan Litschewski

6:00-7:00

Emily Brooks

Max Dunn

& Demi Brown

Serena Buie

Michelle Macdonald

Megan Lit.       & Beth Caton

7:00-8:00

Emily Brooks

Demi Brown

Serena Buie

Serena Buie

Beth Caton

8:00-9:00

Emily Brooks           

Demi Brown

Don Scherschligt

Serena Buie

Julie Leyva

9:00-10:00

Beth Caton

Marshall Pingle

Don Scherschligt

Marshall Pingle

Julie Leyva

10:00-11:00

Beth Caton

Marshall Pingle

Don Scherschligt

Marshall Pingle

Julie Leyva

Please note: We are closed for the first week of classes, on holiday weekends, and during Finals Week.

Writers’ Corner tutors are strong writers who are nominated and trained by our faculty. They are happy to assist their peers with a range of writing concerns:

  • Genres of writing (understanding assignment prompts)
  • Invention (getting started)
  • Arrangement (getting organized)
  • Thesis statements
  • Paragraph development and structure
  • Integrating sources
  • Common citation styles (MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian)
  • Sentence style (grammar, mechanics, etc.)

Tutors are pursuing majors and minors in the following academic areas:

  • Emily Brooks: Communication Studies, English
  • Demi Brown: Religious Studies
  • Serena Buie: English, Music
  • Beth Caton: English, Philosophy
  • Max Dunn: English
  • Julie Leyva: Religious Studies
  • Megan Litschewski: Economics and Business, Visual Arts
  • Michelle Macdonald: Liberal Studies, English
  • Marshall Pingle: English
  • Don Scherschligt: English, Theatre Arts
  • Kristabel Stark: Political Science

2014 Spring WCorner schedule


 

Questions? Contact Dr. Sarah Skripsky (sskripsky@westmont.edu, x6122).

Emily Brooks fell in love with beautifully crafted sentences while reading The Great Gatsby. An English and Communication Studies double major, she has worn many writing hats—from journalist to publicist to short story writer. She enjoys serving as a writing tutor and delights in the mutual learning that arises while chatting about others’ projects. In addition to weaving with words, she loves making (and eating) brownies and kale salad; immersing herself in God’s breathtaking creation; and meeting new people and hearing their stories.

During her time at Westmont, Demi Brown has discovered her passion for both learning and teaching. This enthusiasm permeates her tutoring sessions in Writers’ Corner. She is especially excited to meet new faces and collaborate with peers on assignments both familiar and foreign. When she's not in the writing center, that glistening Santa Barbara sunshine calls Demi to don her hiking shoes and chase adventure. On those rare rainy days, she may be found engaged in heated competition over board games and puzzles, feasting on freshly baked cookies.

Serena Buie, an English major and Music minor,loves dark and stormy nights spent with a warm beverage. Although she is fastidious about her syntax, she loses her phone once a day; words are the only thing she succeeds at organizing. Most of her paper ideas come from conversations with friends, so she values collaboration (even when writing bios like this one).

Elizabeth Caton is a double major in English and Philosophy who, as a tutor, delights in creative collaboration with writers as they explore ideas and craft thoughtful prose. A lover of books and caffeinated beverages, she is a founding member of the Westmont Sailing Team and is addicted to Reese’s. Her hobbies include running, photography, yoga, scribbling poetry, and getting comfortable in beautiful places to journal and reflect (preferably with a spoon and avocado in hand). You can read her writing at her website, http://zenandtheartofmacncheese.wordpress.com, which she updates on a regular basis. 

Max Dunn,a self-proclaimed bibliophile, is always immersed in one book or another. Spending a semester in Ireland, the land of saints and scholars and some of the best authors in literary history, he fell in love with Irish literature, everything from James Joyce to Colum McCann. He is always willing to explore and go on a good photo adventure. Throw in a hot beverage—preferably hot chocolate, no coffee for this college student—and an alternative rock playlist to round out the perfect afternoon. Be ready, though, to collaborate on some of your writing if you give him a visit, and to discuss anything from literary fiction to the controversial Oxford comma.

Julie Leyvais a fourth-year Religious Studies major and Biblical Languages minor. A true liberal arts student, she has experience as a Statistics TA, has traveled to the Middle East twice, and is known for carrying a Greek New Testament with her at all times. In Writers’ Corner, she delights in discussing ideas that span disciplines, and she enjoys helping with organization and making sure your points are clear and well-argued. Julie dreams of becoming a New Testament professor, and you can befriend her by laughing at her Bible jokes or bringing snacks to her shifts.

Megan Litschewski delights in the inventiveness and unique perspectives she has discovered in her many hours of reading. Among her other interests are Economics and Art, majors both. She will never turn down an invitation to tea and a good conversation.

As a tutor, Michelle Macdonald enjoys the unique experience of hearing others' ideas about many topics, though she particularly appreciates literary analysis. Before starting an essay of her own, Michelle will often take a fifteen-minute nap in order to clear her head. She would, by the way, recommend this method to any writer who feels overwhelmed or drowsy at the mention of a paper. Outside Writers' Corner, Michelle's talents include procuring 90s CDs and other valuable items at thrift shops as well as building Lego castles with toddlers.

Marshall Pingle developed his love for literature through the discovery of Nabokovian lyricism and the passionate prose of David Mitchell. He prefers a collaborative approach to tutoring and enjoys talking about organization and ideas. This English major’s favorite book is Mother Nature, written by God. If you're wondering why he is not on campus some afternoon, it is because he is hiking the Cold Springs Trail—but don’t worry, he will be back to tutor in the writing center on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00–11:00 p.m. all spring.

Donald Scherschligt, a sophomore English major, hails from the Northern Land of Sacramento, California, where “hecka” is a real word and autumn is a real season. He likes his bookstores cozy, his lattes pumpkin-spiced, and his semicolons used properly. His future plans include becoming a high school English teacher, writing the next great American novel, and starring on TLC’s Hoarders as a puppy hoarder. Come see Donald on Tuesday nights from 8:00–11:00 p.m. this spring . . . because he gets bored easily and loves to chat about celeb gossip, bond over movies and books, and most of all, empower writers to use their individual voices and give impact to every word in an essay.

Having begun her Westmont career in the natural sciences, Kristabel Stark happily wandered through the disciplines and around the world before finding herself as a graduating senior in political science. Needless to say, she is fascinated by all kinds of good writing. Her current favorite is Frederick Buechner's Alphabet of Grace, a lullaby of a book. Kristabel is eager collaborate with writers of any variety on Tuesday afternoons in the writing center.