Westmont's writing center Writers' Corner
Writers' Corner, Westmont’s writing center, is a creative space where student writers can find friendly “test readers” as they develop projects for professors, employers, and others. Tutors coach and collaborate with peers as they mature into more skillful and confident writers. All tutorials are free of charge. Tutors are available 5 days a week (Sunday through Thursday), excluding the first week of classes, college holidays, and Finals Week.
In-person tutoring is available in the main writing center (Voskuyl Library 215).
Online tutoring is available by request. Online tutorials are hosted via our WCOnline website and include audio/video and text/chat tools.
Questions? Contact the writing center director.
Our tutors are skilled writers who are nominated and trained by faculty. They are happy to assist 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 areas:
|Rebekah Aldea-Cruz: English, Philosophy||Sophia Ostovany: Psychology, Writing|
|Annika Britton: Art||Lillian Robinson: Biology, Writing|
|Gabe Farhadian: Economics & Business, Writing||Jacob Siaki: Philosophy, Psychology|
|Rebecca Huff: Liberal Studies, Music||Maddy Simonsen: Philosophy, Religious Studies|
|Ella Jennings: Art, Psychology||Kelly Vivanco: Liberal Studies|
|Hannah Landrigan: Communication Studies||Sarah Yamaichi: Political Science, Spanish|
Writers' Corner Tutors
Coming to Westmont, as an English major, was a scary step in the life of Rebekah Aldea-Cruz. As a non-traditional student 10 years past her high school graduation date, returning to college meant leaving behind her 700-book personal library and career in nonprofit administration, and the predictable. However, she has never enjoyed a book where the protagonist didn't leave on some timely adventure, battle the unknown, and have to fight for her future. She promises to fight bravely by your side to defeat writer's block and nurture the words that hide in the shadows. The first step is always scary, but she knows each of you is brave enough to take it.
Areas of Study: English, Philosophy
Annika Britton has always had an irrepressible drive of creativity and curiosity, leading her to pursue an Art major at Westmont. She is from Virginia but will always say “just a few minutes from D.C.!” to make her hometown feel more important to Californians with limited knowledge of East Coast geography. Part of the allure of the West was the water, which she can’t help but stay out of. As the daughter of a technical writer and editor, she has endured many excruciating and much-longer-than-anticipated editing sessions, which have instilled in her a greater appreciation for written language and grammar. She was once asked in a Westmont literature class about her favorite book or film, to which she nervously replied, “Trolls,” the 2016 animated masterpiece. However, could she answer the question again, she would likely mention Pride and Prejudice, Narnia, Little Women, or Harry Potter—basically anything involving ball gowns or escaping the modern world.
Areas of study: Art
Gabe Farhadian is an Economics and Business major who periodically vacates the world of corporate models and Excel sheets for the abstractions of his Writing minor. Having traveled to places like India, China, Indonesia, and South Korea, Gabe finds that his experiences abroad and at home fuel his enjoyment of playing guitar, writing, and producing music. Gabe enjoys crossing sensory boundaries and employing contradictive elements to articulate visceral experiences: like attempting to produce melodies that sound like how a certain landscape looks. As a result of this pursuit, his prose may contain a made-up word or two—or three.
Areas of study: Economics & Business, Writing
Areas of study: Liberal Studies, Music
Ella Jennings is an Art and Psychology double-major that can always be found in a local café enjoying coffee and rich discussions with friends. She loves listening to throwback songs, challenging herself with complicated culinary recipes, and playing with her two chunky dogs in Southern California. During quarantine, she’s also trying a new hobby every day (currently, she’s embroidering and learning bass guitar). Despite being a grammar nerd and a huge fan of the Oxford comma, she likes to let loose by happily adding flourishing prose to all of her academic essays. Her proudest intellectual achievement was winning her fifth-grade spelling bee with the word “quiche”, which also happens to be her favorite food. Whether you need help spelling the name of a delicious French egg tart or you only have three hours to write a ten-page research paper, she’s got your back!
Areas of study: Art, Psychology
To know Hannah Landrigan is to hear her. From laughing at her constant Dad jokes to giving you the longest day recap you've ever heard (and no, it was not that interesting), it should come as no surprise to hear that she's a fourth-year Communication Studies major. As a native Washingtonian, she loves finding herself at Butterfly Beach for sunsets and far-too-often commenting on how the marine layer you're complaining about has nothing on the Pacific Northwest's constant cloud cover. Through endless readings and papers, she has learned to appreciate the art of silence, and the difficult task of capturing her rambling speech into concise and thought-provoking prose that still sounds like her. Not only does she want her writing to make readers feel as if they're sitting in her living room chatting with her over interesting topics, but also she wants you to feel that way when you stop by her tutoring hours. So bring on your drafts, outlines, and straight-up confusion and we'll chat, and eventually write, our way out of that writer's block you've been distracting yourself from with coffee runs and beach days.
Area of Study: Communication Studies
Rebecca Li firmly believes that life as we know it is woven from the tenacious fabric of music, words, and redemption. For this reason, she is optimistically double-majoring in Music and English with a pre-law emphasis. Rebecca grew up in the traffic-swamped region that is Orange County, CA. Consequently, she has absorbed an abnormal amount of albums in their entirety while sipping boba and waiting at red lights. She is known for being a Maverick City Music enthusiast and she clings to words which furnish readers with glimpses of heaven.
Areas of study: English (pre-law), Philosophy, Music
Luckily, even after getting a book thrown at her head in elementary school, Sophia Ostovany's love for reading and writing has not wavered. She hails from Santa Barbara, California, and is majoring in Psychology while pursuing a Writing minor. As someone who attends college in her hometown, she understands her life may seem a bit boring from someone else's perspective, but don't worry! She gains more than enough thrill by checking off items one-by-one from what seems like a never-ending to-do list, while also juggling the tough yet rewarding life of a Westmont student athlete. She has not traveled that much, but writing has helped nurture her strong sense of imagination and dreams of seeing the world when she is older. Writing helps expand her otherwise small world, and through being able to tutor one of her favorite hobbies, she hopes to expose others to thought-provoking ideas she has been able to learn, while also learning to find enjoyment in some of the more difficult parts of the writing process. So grab your laptop (or even a pencil if you're as old-school as she is), and let's write that paper! No matter where you are in your work, she can't wait to help you.
Areas of Study: Psychology, Writing
As an English major, Kristiana Phillips relishes wordplay. She’ll admit, unabashedly, that she often has her head in the clouds (literally as well as figuratively): watching the sky shift with colors and wandering deeply into thought. Her propensity to ponder, complemented by an addiction to alliteration and a deep love of words, has made her a passionate poet—though she enjoys prose nearly as much. While her imagination is easily excited by creatures like the horned marten described in the Inkheart book series, she delights equally in reality (you may, for example, occasionally catch her stalking squirrels between classes). As an American citizen who grew up in Southeast Asia, Kristi has used writing to explore and process her sense of identity and belonging. She believes firmly in the power of words and would like to see herself as a Merlin-like figure in the lives of many Arthurs: scheming to help others draw the weapon of their own words from whatever stiff, metaphorical stone encases them.
Areas of study: English
Lillian Robinson is a Biology major and Writing minor with a penchant for tree climbing, a troubling dependency on caffeine, and a deep and undying regret that she wasn’t born ‘cross the pond, where her random impulses to use a British accent would seem less out of place. Today, Lillian strives to live by Bill Watterson’s timeless words of wisdom: “if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously reexamine your life.” What else should you know about her? She supposes little bios like this usually include where the subject is from. She decides to be a slave to convention and inform the reader that she was born in San Diego, California, but she spent the bulk of her childhood abroad. There, she discovered that for all her love of California landscapes, the topography she most appreciates is typeset. To her, home feels like the undulating hills and bibliosmia-scented valleys between book covers. She has only recently acquired her dual citizenship, but now enjoys traveling freely between countries both real and imagined. (Though she has more than once had to deal with the hassle of accidentally setting off the detector alarm at the Library customs.) Anything else? Oh yes, she talks in the third person even when not restricted by a “bio” format.
Areas of Study: Biology, Writing
Jacob Siaki is a Philosophy and Psychology double major whose interest in written words goes back to when he memorized, "Goodnight, Moon" at about two years old, and would "read" it out loud while turning the pages at appropriate times. Not only does he write papers for classes, he also writes on his own time, creatively--and sometimes even enjoys it. Some other pastimes of his include long romantic walks from his room to the library, and forgetting he poured a cup of tea until it's too cold to drink. His father comes from Middle Earth (people call it New Zealand, and having been there, Jacob knows that dragons are real), and Jacob is following in both his parents' footsteps as a Westmont student. Jacob's writing experience ranges from a story about a detective named Andrew Beneral when he was seven, to a research paper last spring about nuclear radiation in the South Pacific. He hopes he can at least provide a helpful set of eyes to look over someone else's writing, and at most help them win a PROSE award. He looks forward to working with other Westmont students on their academic projects!
Areas of study: Philosophy, Psychology
As a religious studies and philosophy double major, Maddy Simonsen enjoys thinking about the historical context of the early church in one moment and contemplating Immanuel Kant's epistemological theory in the next. When she is at home, she can be found watching TV shows with her siblings, reading children's novels, or playing soccer with her Afghan neighbors. She adores finding cute and meaningful stickers for her ever-growing Nalgene collection and appreciates the sweet, crisp flavor of jicama. In her free time, Maddy loves taking portraits that capture the essence of the individual and welcomes any opportunity to engage in a variety of outdoor activities.
Areas of study: Religious Studies, Philosophy
Kelly Vivanco is delighted to be a Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) major. Before she knew the alphabet, she would frequently borrow her older siblings’ schoolbooks and pretend to read them, all the while making up stories based on the covers. A beginner poet at age six and aspiring author at age seven, she remains a dedicated lover and writer of poetry and historical fiction, especially when combined with mystery or romance. She has a deep-rooted love for children, music, and the summer rains of her homeland—and she would be remiss if she didn’t admit dark chocolate was on the list, as well. Born and raised in southern Mexico, she is the middle child of five bilingual, homeschooled siblings and the daughter of an American mother and Mexican father—all this to say, she is a practiced interpreter and peacemaker.
Area of Study: Liberal Studies
Allison Winslow is a simple gal who likes books, food, and walks in the Montecito hills. As a Communication Studies and English double major, she has plenty of reading to keep her busy, switching between William Faulkner and Greco-Roman rhetorical views daily. You’ll most likely catch her listening to her favorite artist, Léon, or Taylor Swift throughout her day. A California native, Allison loves the sunshine and needs to bundle up in 60-degree weather. When the weather does turn cold, you’ll find her inside with a mug of hot tea and her novel of choice (either fantasy or 17th-century British literature).
Areas of study: Communication Studies, English