Writers' Corner

Fall 2016 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). Clients with appointments are given first priority; drop-in clients are also welcome. All tutorials are free of charge.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT at https://westmont.mywconline.com/

P.M. hours

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

4:00-5:00

CLOSED

Meredith Monke

Micah Anthony

Rachel Phillips

Cat Siu

5:00-6:00

CLOSED

Meredith Monke

Micah Anthony

Rachel Phillips

Cat Siu

6:00-7:30

CLOSED

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7:30-8:00

Rachel Phillips

Lydia Grenko

Cat Siu

Nathaniel Johnston

Ilana Baer

8:00-9:00

Rachel Phillips

Lydia Grenko

Cat Siu

Nathaniel Johnston

Ilana Baer

9:00-10:00

Rachel Phillips

Lydia Grenko

Cat Siu

Nathaniel Johnston

Ilana Baer

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

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 (APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian)
  • Sentence style (grammar, mechanics, etc.)
Tutors are pursuing majors and minors in the following academic areas (scroll down for staff bios):

  • Micah Anthony: English, Theatre Arts
  • Ilana Baer: English, Spanish
  • Lydia Grenko: Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience)
  • Nathaniel Johnston: Chemistry (Biochemistry)
  • Meredith Monke: English
  • Rachel Phillips: English
  • Cat Siu: Biology, English

Professional tutors for ESL (English as a second language):

  • Kim Notehelfer (knotehel@westmont. edu): Tuesdays 2:30-4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. (by appointment)
  • Danielle Rogers (drogers@westmont.edu): Thursdays 7:00-10:00 p.m. (by appointment)
  • To reserve an appointment with Ms. Notehelfer or Ms. Rogers, please visit WCOnline, enter your username and password, and then select the schedule named "Fall 2016 ESL Tutoring". Once you enter the site, select an open appointment time by clicking on any white box on the schedule. WCOnline appointments must be reserved no later than the previous day.
  • For questions or to request same-day appointments, send an e-mail to knotehel@westmont.edu or drogers@westmont.edu .

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

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Staff bios

Micah Anthony will fight hard for a properly used semicolon. An English major with a special interest in theatre, 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.)

Lydia Grenko 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.

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.

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; she’d love to help you fix your misplaced modifiers.

Rachel Phillips is a serious homebody with a streak of wanderlust. Although she’s an English major, Rachel is also inclined toward Religious Studies. She possesses a fondness for poetry and any kind of warm beverage.

Cat Siu's love for writing started at the age of ten, with a story starring herself that was obviously plagiarizing from her favorite fantasy book series at the time. Ever since then, she has learned to more appropriately love the power of written words to inform, inspire, and captivate, whether through a character analysis essay, a riveting novella, or a riotously funny parody. When she's not at Writers’ Corner, you can find her playing bass guitar, writing YouTube parodies, playing way too many video games, and earthbending. She hopes you'll come by soon, whether to work on an essay due tomorrow or just to chat about your favorite types of cheese.