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.

Come visit us in Voskuyl Library 215 in the library’s Learning Commons. Clients with appointments are given first priority; drop-in clients are also welcome. All tutorials are free of charge.

Make an appointment: https://westmont.mywconline.com/

Helpful Links:

 

Fall 2017 printable schedule (PDF)


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

Writers' Corner Policies and Procedures

 

Westmont College Academic Integrity Policy

 

Questions? Contact the writing center director. 014 Spring WCorner schedule

 
Fall 2017 Open Hours

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

P.M. Hours

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

4:00-5:00

CLOSED

Rachel Doughty

Carolyn Gruss

Chena Underhill

Nathan Tudor

5:00-6:00

CLOSED

Rachel Doughty

Carolyn Gruss

Chena Underhill

Nathan Tudor

6:00-7:30

CLOSED

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7:30-8:30

Micah Anthony

Lydia Grenko

Mallory Preheim

Caleb Rodriguez

Ilana Baer

8:30-9:30

Micah Anthony

Lydia Grenko

Mallory Preheim

Caleb Rodriguez

Ilana Baer

9:30-10:30

Micah Anthony

Lydia Grenko

Mallory Preheim

Caleb Rodriguez

Ilana Baer

Writers’ Corner tutors are skilled 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:

  • Micah Anthony: English, Theatre Arts
  • Ilana Baer: English, Spanish
  • Rachel Doughty: English
  • Lydia Grenko: Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience)
  • Carolyn Gruss: English, Math, Music
  • Nathaniel Johnston: Biochemistry *by appointment only
  • Mallory Preheim: English, Global Studies, Political Science
  • Caleb Rodriguez: English, Biology
  • Nathan Tudor: English, Religious Studies
  • Chena Underhill: Data Analytics, Political Science

Professional, ELL tutors (tutors for English-Language Learners):

  • Fall 2017 details pending—check back soon

Staff bios:

Micah Anthony will fight hard for a properly used semicolon. An English major who also studies Theatre Arts, he has appeared in Westmont theatre productions. He enjoys both reading and writing, and especially loves to explore the beauty and power of words. While you may find him brooding over Hamlet or muttering some lines of Seamus Heaney, he can probably be distracted by the offer to smell some books or an invitation to sit down for tea.

A pun-loving English and Spanish major, Ilana Baer grew up with a passion for language and storytelling. She finds great satisfaction in crafting sentences and essays alike. Although she enjoys just about everything related to writing, she has a particular preference for poetry, etymology, and the Oxford comma. When she’s not in class or the writing center, you can find her reading, listening to jazz, or nursing steaming mugs of tea. She would love to talk about your writing projects with you! (You should also ask her about climbing Aztec pyramids during her semester in Mexico and seeing Hamlet in Japanese during London Theatre Mayterm.)

Rachel Doughty is an English major whose overzealous coffee habit supports her love for both reading and writing. Her love affair with words and literature--stemming from her mother’s colossal book collection--began as a child. From the hometown of San Diego, Rachel firmly believes that the ocean, and the beauty of nature, are the best settings to launch creativity. So, if she’s writing, don’t be surprised to find her anywhere from Butterfly Beach to the rose gardens of the Santa Barbara Mission. She would love to encourage you through the perils of writer’s block or in crafting a compelling thesis. Her semester abroad in Northern Europe (where her childhood dream of walking through Narnia was finally fulfilled) molded her delight in the beauty around her, into a desire to travel anywhere and everywhere. If you’ve studied abroad, she wants to hear about it!

Lydia Grenko, a Psychology major, has a self-diagnosed addiction to books that stems from childhood storytimes spent curled up next to her mother in an overstuffed blue armchair. From a young age she was captivated with the beautiful magic of words, and after tasting a bit of this magic for herself, she has never looked back. She is secretly in love with the dash and not-so-secretly in love with thunderstorms, laughter, and the color blue. During her rare pockets of free time, you can find her taking pictures, playing the violin, or—of course—curled up under a blanket reading a book.

As an English major double minoring in Math and Music, Carolyn Gruss is a proud disappointment to her scientist parents and understands what it's like to have a finger in all of the disciplinary pies. Her love affair with the written word started at a young age, and has only grown ever since, in tandem with her vast collection of books. Being the raging pedant that she is, she is also the rare student who enjoys writing papers, and thinks that walking alongside someone in the writing process is an immense privilege. As evidenced by this bio alone, she heavily favors the use of semicolons and em dashes—and you can pry the Oxford comma out of her cold, dead, and lifeless fingers. A native of La Crescenta, CA, she avoids the sun like the plague; hence, you can spot her running around campus with a large hat (as well as her book-shaped book bag). While drinking tea and daydreaming about moving to Wales are constant states of being for her, you can find her contemplating her existential dread practicing her music or reading Keats (or perhaps some Tolstoy or Saint-Éxupery), in her rare moments of leisure.

Nathaniel Johnston is a Biochemistry major who relishes a good book but doesn’t make as much time for reading as he should. He believes that good writing is important for every discipline because everyone needs to be able to communicate ideas well. Although he doesn’t entirely understand how someone can have a love affair with a punctuation mark, he does understand and cherish the power of skillful writing. A product of his Colorado home, he loves spending time in the mountains. He also enjoys an intense video game session with friends and is a Nintendo fan through and through.

Mallory Preheim is an English major with minors in Political Science and Global Studies. She is passionate about tucked-in T-shirts and quesadillas. She would love to help you use more nouns and fewer adjectives. However, if you enlist her help, she WILL find a way to talk about that one time she studied abroad.

Caleb Rodriguez finds life in connecting seemingly disparate things. From majoring in English and Biology, to discussing racial and ethnic identities as a co-leader of the Multi-Ethnic Student Association, he pursues common threads that are often overlooked whilst celebrating inimitability. His eyes widen in captivation whether gazing at the deep ocean, at Gudetama paraphernalia, or at vibrant words adorning book pages. Excellent treats for Caleb include impromptu dance parties, Korean BBQ, pondering the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, delving into the magnificent abilities of octopodes, and, especially, writing. The written word, for Caleb, brings those specific, inexplicable thoughts or feelings within the labyrinths of our minds into reality. When we find the right words, we can see a reflection of ourselves on the page. He hopes to help you do just that.

Nathan Tudor thinks aesthetically excellent writing is not required for a compelling thesis; however, it might make the world a better place. Nathan does not know when his (arguably excessive) love of the em dash began, but you can bet it will rear its head sooner or later in anything he writes. As a Religious Studies and English major, he likes books that confuse him since they invariably make the most sense. He also laments that the enlightened, contemporary world takes reality so seriously it has blinded itself to the supernatural—the most real reality we dare grasp. It may therefore come as little surprise that if offered the chance to have dinner with a dead person, he would choose the “prince of paradox,” G.K. Chesterton. His Romanian heritage predisposes him to Stoker’s Dracula, and much like the Count, he could use more sunlight.

Chena Underhill is a Political Science and Data Analytics major. That may change in the foreseeable future. Who knows! She is from Georgia/Maryland/Illinois and is a Jane Austen enthusiast. Other favorite authors include L.M. Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott. Basically, she prefers books where not much happens, but the words are pretty, the characters human, and the endings happy. Her favorite part of the writing process is constructing super-solid outlines so that the actual writing is easier. She is also passionate about pole vaulting, classical ballet, polar fleece sweatshirts with zipper pockets, and all things dessert.