Fall 2014 at Writers' Corner

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Writers' Corner Schedule: Fall 2014

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

P.M. Hours

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

4:00-5:00

CLOSED

Emily Brooks

Megan Litschewski

Meredith Monke

Madison Frambes

5:00-6:00

CLOSED

Emily Brooks

Megan Litschewski

Meredith Monke

Madison Frambes

6:00-7:00

Beth Caton

Emily Brooks

Megan Litschewski

Madison Frambes

Madison Frambes

7:00-8:00

Beth Caton

Matthew Maler

Annmarie Rodriguez

Madison Frambes

Max Dunn

8:00-9:00

Megan Litschewski

Matthew Maler

Annmarie Rodriguez

Madison Frambes

Max Dunn

9:00-10:00

Megan Litschewski

Max Dunn

Branton Nestor

Shanna Cooley

Martin Hill

10:00-11:00

Megan Litschewski

Max Dunn

Branton Nestor

Shanna Cooley

Martin Hill

Drop-ins are welcome; tutorials are free. 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, Biblical Languages *Spring 2015 only
  • Beth Caton: English, Philosophy
  • Shanna Cooley: Religious Studies
  • Max Dunn: English
  • Madison Frambes: English
  • Martin Hill: Biology, English
  • Megan Litschewski: Economics and Business, Visual Arts
  • Abby Lombardo: English, Psychology *Spring 2015 only
  • Michelle Macdonald: Liberal Studies, English *by appointment only
  • Matthew Maler: English, Philosophy, Religious Studies
  • Meredith Monke: English
  • Branton Nestor: History, Political Science
  • Annmarie Rodriguez: English, Political Science, Religious Studies
  • Don Scherschligt: English, Theatre Arts *Spring 2015 only

Questions? Contact Dr. Sarah Skripsky (sskripsky@westmont.edu, x6122). 014 Spring WCorner schedule

 

 

 

Staff Bios

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.

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.

Shanna Cooley is a Religious Studies major who is passionate about God's renewal of creation. In addition to looking forward to the new creation, she also enjoys experiencing creation as it presently is. She especially appreciates that God created wool, so she can knit, and cats, so she can spend far too much time enjoying them on YouTube.

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.

Madison Frambes, an avid word-lover, enjoys discussing words, their meanings, and how to best organize them with anyone who steps into the writing center. She is an English major (not surprisingly) and has a habit of frequenting local coffee shops whenever she can slip away. In addition to sipping lattes and mulling over words, Madison has wanderlust, is refreshed by spending time outside, and loves to hear about peers’ cross-cultural experiences (particularly because she spent a chunk of her childhood out of the country learning and taking classes in a second language). If you’re interested in chatting about words, sharing dreams about traveling, or hearing about the too-frequent sailing blunders Madison has been part of as a member of Westmont’s Sailing Team, stop by Writers’ Corner on Wednesdays from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or Thursdays from 4:00-7:00 p.m. this fall.

Martin Hill, a double major in English and Biology, finds satisfaction in a well-crafted sentence—the type you underline while grunting a thoughtful “mmhm.” He particularly enjoys puns, poetry, and any sort of creative writing. A hiking, surfing, stories-and-soup kind of guy, Martin also loves music and a good jam session. If you find yourself itching for some songwriting or collaboration on any writing project, stop by the writing center from 9:00-11:00 p.m. on Thursday nights this fall.

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.

Abby Lombardo, a proud Psychology and English double major, enjoys applying her knowledge about human thought and behavior to the writing center. When you’re facing a deadline and in need of an ear and a hand, she’s the one to find. Abby revels in drawing out and strengthening a writer’s unique voice. Outside the writing center, Abby thoroughly enjoys traveling and theatre, as evidenced by her participation in Westmont’s London Theatre Mayterm. Television shows are her bread and butter—she can place a celebrity face with a name faster than you can say “IMDB.”

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.

Some say he is a Middle-Earth fanatic who once achieved the rank of third-in-the-world in Tolkien lore on Quiz-Up. Others say that he once sailed beside Admiral Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar as the captain of the H.M.S. Indefatigable. Still others whisper that during his summer, he spends his time in the Amazon rainforest with a reclusive clan of three-toed sloths. All we know is that his name is Matthew Maler, that he originated in the mythic land of Fresno, California, and that he reads philosophy, English and Religious Studies at Westmont College. Beyond this, he frequents a certain tree uphill from Porter Center (no doubt due to his close ties with the sloths), plays the violin in the orchestra and has a strong penchant for Scottish Breakfast tea. His eccentricity fuels his passion for the creative process of writing, and he firmly believes that as one crafts a paper, one crafts oneself. So do come and visit him this fall from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Mondays in the Writing Center.

A comma-loving English major, Meredith Monke first fell in love with books at the tender age of four. She possesses a deep appreciation for “snail mail” letters and a slightly unreasonable number of journals. You may find her running along East Beach, sailing out at sea, or enjoying generous helpings of cookie-dough ice cream. A lover of the outdoors and a sucker for sunsets, Meredith absolutely adores Santa Barbara and its Instagram-worthy beauty. Come visit Meredith at the writing center on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. She’d love to help you fix your misplaced modifiers.

Branton Nestor: writer extraordinaire, genius humble. He enjoys two types of metal: musical and ironic. Political theory, science fiction, and comedy dominate the dorm library of this eclectic reader. Ruthless outlining, free candy from Writers' Corner, and unhealthy levels of caffeine fuel the fire of the Branton© writing-machine. If you want to have your writing world rocked, stop by Writers’ Corner and visit this Political Science and History major on Tuesdays from 9:00–11:00 p.m. this fall. Outside the writing center, Branton enjoys long walks on the beach, playing table tennis, and feeding DC food to stray cats.

At a young age, fascinated by the small and the mighty, by the power of the pen and the beauty of the mind, Annmarie Rodriguez was drawn into a love of expression: of poetry, music, and well . . . even essays. Reading and writing have been venues through which she has been able to explore the many stories that fill our world—stories about God, about social justice, about international cultures, and the like. In light of this desire to explore, she has often been referred to as a “granola child” (a.k.a. a lover of the outdoors). When she is out an’ about, she enjoys hiking, running, swimming in the ocean, and the occasional skydive. Other than that, you might catch her sipping hot tea, dancing, or playing soccer. She hopes to see you in Writers’ Corner sometime soon.

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. Donald 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.