The Consultants

Our consultants are accomplished graduate and undergraduate Mason students. Our graduate and undergraduate consultants are talented writers and scholars who come from majors across the university. These are the Fall 2021 consultants:

 Alice 

Alice is a junior undergraduate student who transferred to George Mason last fall. She is majoring in anthropology, the study of cultures on a personal level. She has experience studying French, Italian, and Hebrew, and recently began studying Korean. Because anthropology is a social science, she has experience writing in several different styles, including Chicago, APA, and IMRAD. Her approach to consulting is greatly influenced by her major and other studies, aiming to help people gain a voice. She believes everyone brings something important to the table and wants to honor that by helping writers develop the skills they need.

 Allie

Allie is in the second year of her Master’s degree in English, concentrating in folklore. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a double major in Creative Writing and Vocal Performance as well as a minor in Musical Theatre. While she was at Mary Washington, she worked in the writing center as a tutor for three years and helped writers at any stage of the writing process. Allie loves writing center work because it offers her the opportunity to work with writers and help them find their own unique voice. She highly values the collaborative aspect of writing center sessions and the importance of checking in with writers during the writing process. Outside of work, you can find Allie belting showtunes in her car and living her best fantasy life while playing Dungeons and Dragons and while cosplaying her favorite characters from various podcasts and TV shows.

Amanda

Amanda is a senior undergraduate studying English with a minor in Linguistics and a concentration in Literature. She recently transferred from East Carolina University where she was pursuing a TESOL certificate and hopes to continue that certificate so she can travel the world and teach after graduation. She also previously worked at ECU’s Writing Center, so she’s excited to be back as a tutor and working with new writers at Mason! She loves working with a wide range of writers and getting to learn about all the academic disciplines, but most importantly she hopes to share her love of writing with others through an open and collaborative tutoring process. Outside the classroom she loves writing, playing with her cat and two dogs, watching true crime documentaries, and eating lots of pasta.

 Arpita

Arpita is a first year MFA Creative Writing candidate at the Department of English. Her concentration is in Poetry. She has a BA and MA in English from Jadavpur University, India, where she was also, briefly, a research scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her research interests include subversion, motherhood, life writing and Indian writing in English. Her essay has been published in an anthology about posthumanism by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. She divides her time between working at the Writing Center and reading poetry. Some poets that she enjoys reading are Paige Lewis, W.B. Yeats, Sara Teasdale and Dorianne Laux. Two of her favorite works of fiction are God of Small Things and Hard Times. Born and brought up in an Indian-Bengali household, she enjoys Rabindrasangeet and Bollywood songs equally. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Bengali. She believes that in places where language is a tool for expression, everyone should have equal access to partaking in knowledge-making. Therefore she looks forward to opportunities where she might be able to work with multilingual writers. She believes learning should be collaborative and hopes to learn something from each session.

 Ashlen

Ashlen is an MFA candidate studying creative nonfiction writing, specializing in memoir and personal narrative. A former journalist and videographer, Ashlen likes exploring writings from diverse disciplines. She strives to help writers build confidence in themselves and make the Writing Center an accepting, non-judgmental space where writers can learn. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Media and Journalism, Ashlen packed her tiny Volkswagen Beatle with everything she could carry and drove cross country to Montana, where she lost her car keys while climbing a mountain. When Ashlen isn’t listening to the entire discography of the Glass Animals, she enjoys reading, taking photos, and hanging out with her pet gecko, Hermit.

 Bodie

Bodie is a first-year MFA student, studying Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction. He received a BA in Writing and Linguistics with a minor in Spanish from Georgia Southern University, where he took classes that ranged from Economics to Gender Studies. During his time in undergrad, he presented research on Vine at various conferences and served as the Latin Rhythm and Dance Group president. As a consultant, Bodie understands that writing can be difficult but believes that it is a skill, like any other, that everyone can learn and develop with enough practice. He hopes to teach writing after he finishes grad school.

 Camille

Camille is a senior studying Global Affairs with a concentration in Media, Communications, and Culture. Their most interesting achievement during their undergraduate journey was teaching two guest lectures on cultural appropriation. Although they always had a love of literature, boredom drove them to write imaginative poems when they needed a break from academics. They spent most of their life in northern Virginia, save for one wild, enlightening year in Tennessee. Camille has a passion for teaching and social justice and one day hopes to advocate for prisoners’ rights and undocumented workers’ rights. When they aren’t on campus, they spend time cuddling their three dogs, reading horror mangas, and dreaming about starting a sanctuary for farm animals.

Cara

Cara is a senior majoring in English with a concentration on Writing and Rhetoric. She is also working on a double minor in Business and Psychology because she wants to understand writing in different fields. As she grew up, her mom taught writing and grammar classes on and off, so Cara was surrounded by books from an early age. She quickly fell in love with writing too. In high school, she took an AP English class to test her interest in the subject, and she loved it so much that she became a TA for the class the following year. Cara enjoys the challenge and creativity involved in working with other writers, and she hopes to pursue a career where she can continue to do so. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing, creative hobbies like D&D, drawing, and baking, and she also loves to spend plenty of her day with her dog, Maddie.

 Casey

Casey is an undergraduate student at George Mason University majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in chemistry with the intention of attending medical school. After learning about the disproportionate affect Climate Change has on individual health in minority communities, he switched his major from Geology. He has previous experience working as a STEM tutor in courses including genetics, geology, and oceanography. Through his own writing, Casey has become passionate about helping scientific writers convey their ideas to nonscience audiences. He has also enjoys working on personal statements, especially those oriented towards healthcare related fields. Currently, Casey enjoys volunteering as an EMT in training, working out, and playing guitar in his free time.

 Chelsea

Chelsea is a first-year MFA student in fiction. She graduated from Rutgers with a double major in English and Cinema Studies, a minor in Visual Arts, and a certificate in Creative Writing. There she received the Edna Herzberg Award in Non-Fiction and a Composing New Media Prize. Though a Jersey native, she recently lived in Washington Heights and would risk it all for a tasty pollo guisado in Virginia (she takes recommendations). Previously a festival intern with PEN America and The Poetry Society of New York, and a fantasy workshop participant in Scotland with author Lev Grossman, she's versed in the brainstorming phase of writing and is a bullet point and mind-map enthusiast. Her comfort foods include passionate debate about television shows, listening to 80s movie soundtracks, and spending time with her senior cat Lestat.

 Colleen

Colleen is studying for her MA in English with a concentration in Literature. She completed her undergraduate degree from James Madison University with an English Literature major and a sociology minor. During her time as an undergrad, she has worked as a TA for a social psychology course where she graded narratives and analytical papers. She has a lot of experience with argumentative essays, book reviews, annotated bibliographies, and turning completed papers into presentations for class or conferences. In the Writing Center, Colleen hopes to help all students feel confident about themselves throughout the writing process. She loves to find new restaurants, go on walks, and read mystery novels in her free time.

 Danny

Danny is a first year MFA candidate with a concentration in poetry. He studied english, theater, and the Alexander Technique at Syracuse University. Then he worked for a number of years producing independent film and theater in NYC. Now he’s settled in DC, teaching yoga and the Alexander Technique. He is looking forward to his time at the writing center where he hopes to help folks develop their ideas and express their perspective. When not working he likes to stay connected to his friends and big family. He also grows tomatoes and peppers in his garden and plays games like The Long Dark and Stardew Valley on his PC.

 Eli

Eli (they/them/theirs) received their BA in English with concentrations in Cultural Studies and Creative Writing from GMU in 2020. Now a first year MFA candidate in poetry, they decided to pursue graduate school mainly to keep their library privileges. While in undergrad, their studies ranged from taking typical English courses like 18th Century Literature and Global English to the more eclectic assortment of Global Horror Film, Science Fiction, Introduction to Screenwriting, and the English Honors course, Knights, Vikings, and African Kings. Outside of school, they have participated in internships with the Folger Shakespeare Library and Coffee House Press. As a writer, they hope to explore the intersections between various genres, such as combining their love of poetry with their love of film. While not writing, they enjoy talking during movies, hiking, and eating way too much ramen.

Emily

Emily is a senior studying Community Health with the goal of being an occupational or physical therapist. She has lived in Virginia all her life and started her college education at NOVA before transferring to Mason. Over the past several summers she helped run a high school Model United Nations camp, which included writing some of the simulations. Emily has always loved writing and hopes to share her enthusiasm for it with others. She is interested in a number of subjects besides Community Health and English and looks forward to working with students on a variety of writing projects. Outside of Mason, Emily volunteers with a therapeutic riding program and enjoys writing fiction stories and making ice cream.

  Erin

Erin is a second year MFA candidate in fiction. She recently graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Biology from Sweet Briar College, where she was also a TA in the equestrian program and president of the a cappella group. During her undergraduate career, Erin took a variety of English and science courses, and has experience writing in both disciplines. She looks forward to helping writers from any discipline make their writing the best that it can be. When she isn’t writing or catering to her horses’ every whim, she enjoys distance running and reading as many books as possible.

 Evan

Evan is a junior studying English with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric. Evan came to GMU as a Psychology major and has experience with Psychology literature reviews and research proposals. The switch from psychology to English was a big change for Evan but he has found that studying English has made him more attuned to shifts in writing style and genre especially among the wider humanities. Although most of his writing experience falls within the discipline of Psychology and English, he has also dealt with writing from the disciplines of Chemistry, Biology, and Philosophy. In his free time, Evan enjoys reading particularly classic fiction as well as playing sports like tennis, table, or otherwise. He also enjoys writing his own fiction which he hopes to expand into worthwhile reading as his technical skills improve.

 Janalyn

Janalyn is studying for her MA in English with a concentration in Linguistics. Her BA is in Interdisciplinary Studies: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Global Studies with a minor in Linguistics from Liberty University. She taught English in Thailand (2019) and South Korea (2017). She also developed and currently teaches a public speaking course with an academy in Vietnam. She wants to help writers be confident in their writing and glean useful tools for future writing projects. She believes that learning is better together and strives to encourage students in every step of the writing process. She is conversational (but needs practice) in French and Thai. In her free time she enjoys cooking, playing harmonica, learning languages, snuggling with her kitten named Marvin, and doing research. She also loves helping people achieve their language goals and learn more about how they acquire language.

 Jenny

A PhD student in the Writing and Rhetoric program, Jenny has taught Composition at Mason for two years. Her recent research focuses on writing centers expanding into learning centers or merging with learning centers. Other research interests include community literacy, antiracist pedagogy, and the use of yoga and mindfulness strategies in writing instruction. She also serves as an adjunct instructor in the MA in Teaching Writing program at Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to Mason, Jenny worked for eleven years as a high school English teacher at West Springfield High School (WSHS) -- just down the road from campus. At WSHS she founded and directed the writing center for eight years, and has played an active role in the secondary school writing center movement. Here at the Mason Writing Center, she provides support for graduate writers working on thesis, dissertation, and academic projects and develops workshops for graduate writers. Jenny is also a mother, distance runner, musical theatre nerd, and lover of podcasts.

 Joe

Joseph graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2019 with B.As in History and Professional and Creative Writing. He is currently a first-year student in the MFA program at Mason with a concentration in poetry. In addition to his experience in his majors, he has some experience in Music History, Theology, and Classical Studies. He has extensive experience workshopping creative writing and decidedly less experience with getting said pieces published. He generally believes in keeping sessions highly individualized and balancing writer autonomy while still serving as a resource. If it somehow comes up, he also has an above average knowledge of birds and cares far too much about the sea.

 Kathryn

Kathryn is an MA student of English, concentrating in Professional and Technical Writing. She received her BA in English (Writing and Rhetoric) with minors in Communications and German from Salisbury University in 2018. While at SU, she worked as a consultant in the University Writing Center where she used her grammar, communication, and language skills to assist students from various backgrounds and areas of study. As a consultant, it is Kathryn’s belief that anyone can find joy and success in writing, and she wants to work with students from all disciplines to build confidence in their writing skills. When Kathryn is not consulting or taking classes, she enjoys spending time with her dog Elsie, playing softball in an adult co-ed league, and singing in a local community choir.

 Katy

Katy is a first year MFA candidate with a concentration in fiction. Originally from Pittsburgh, she holds a Bachelors in English from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Education from American University, where she focused on Education Policy and Leadership. She spent several years after undergrad teaching 9th grade English in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and would love to talk about literature, curriculum, and education equity. She has experience working with writers from all backgrounds at all stages of the writing process, and can work across genres in everything from literature papers to quantitative research and data analysis. From her time as a teacher, she believes that all learning and knowledge should bring joy, and she uses that belief to guide every session. When she’s not working at the writing center, she likes to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, running, and camping. She is also an avid knitter.  

 Kendall

Kendall is an MA student of English, concentrating in linguistics and TESL. She has a Virginia teaching license with an endorsement in ESL, and she's worked with English learners from 2 years old to retirees. She took every screenwriting course available while getting her BA in media and film studies, and a short screenplay that she wrote made it to the second round at the Austin Film Festival. She maintains an intermediate level in French, and she's currently working on learning Korean. In her spare time, she enjoys bullet journaling, eating spicy food, and spending time with her 3 rabbits.

 Kierstin

Kierstin graduated with a BA in English from Towson University in December, 2019. During her time at Towson, Kierstin worked as both a fiction editor and creative non-fiction online editor for Towson’s literary magazine Grub Street. In her final year, she won the Hannah Nathan Rosen Writing Award for a creative non-fiction piece titled, “Letter for My Sister.” Despite escaping school right before the switch to online classes, Kierstin continued online editing and proofreading over the next year and a half while working for Yellow Arrow - a Baltimore-based, female-run literary magazine. In her free time, Kierstin enjoys writing fantasy, watching depressing TV, and cuddling her old, grouchy-but-sweet tuxedo cat, Kena.

 Lizzie

Lizzie is a first year MFA candidate studying fiction. She was previously a technical writer in the healthcare sector and is excited to bring her professional writing skills to the Mason Writing Lab. These days, she primarily reads and writes historical fiction, but BookTok fantasy recs are her guilty pleasure—she blushingly admits that Slaughterhouse-Five currently sits next to a faerie romance novel on her bookshelf. Joy and laughter are integral to her consulting approach, and she strives to give writers stronger papers and smiles by the end of each session. She believes writing is a journey, and she looks forward to sharing that journey with you!

Miora

Miora is a junior undergraduate at GMU majoring in Psychology. She is an alumna of NOVA and looks forward to life at Mason. Having English as a second language, she can understand the difficulties of writing as a nonnative writer. She is motivated to help writers as she wishes someone else would help her when she struggles. Miora likes mystery genre and adores Agatha Christie’s works, which made her appreciate English literature. In her free time, you would see her drawing, learning the Kalimba, playing animal crossing, watching tv-shows, cooking, hiking, or biking. Miora indeed has a lot of hobbies because she is always up for new experiences, so she looks forward on meeting many different writers while working as a proud tutor at GMU. 

Sebastian

Sebastian is a senior undergrad student majoring in Psychology while also pursuing double concentrations in forensic psychology alongside human factors and applied cognition. He was born and raised in the DMV area, but his parents are immigrants from both Cuba and Peru. His unique cultural background provides him with the insight and capability to think outside the box and approach English writing from a non-native standpoint. Not only is he experienced working within scholarly literature such as scientific studies, research articles, and literature reviews, but Sebastian is also an amateur creative with several unpublished short stories. An avid enjoyer of science fiction and historical nonfiction, Sebastian strives to expand his literary horizons through exploring new, different, and unfamiliar genres and works. As a tutor, Sebastian's biggest goal is to help others find their identity and voice as a writer and empower them to write to their fullest potential. In his free time, you will probably catch him either playing his guitar, playing with his puppy, or simply playing one of his favorite video games. Full of energy and eager for discussion, Sebastian is always ready to get to work.

 Shelby

Shelby is a third-year undergraduate Honors College student pursuing a BS in Criminology with a concentration in Homeland Security and a minor in Forensic Psychology. During her academic career, she has gained experience working in a writing center and tutoring high school students in chemistry. She has taken a variety of courses including STEM classes such as Chemistry and Biology, as well as courses in the social sciences. Shelby has worked on various different research papers and proposals and even worked in a private attorney's office where she learned how to write legal briefs and other court documents. As a consultant, she hopes to assist writers in letting their personalities shine through their writing. Shelby is very passionate about tennis where she has worked both as a coach, a member of the GMU club tennis team, and as an organizer of multiple charity tournaments.

 Sophia

Sophia is a first-year MFA candidate with a concentration in fiction. After graduating with a BA in English and Writing, she moved to Seattle where she worked for an arts nonprofit, and later in higher education. In her most recent role, she served on the Committee for Inclusive Excellence and helped facilitate the university’s inaugural conference for K-12 educators, entitled “The Intersection of Anti-Racism and Trauma-Informed Practices.” She also hosted several resumé workshops for undergraduate and graduate students. Originally from Canada, Sophia grew up taking classes in both English and French, so she can appreciate how difficult it is to write in a language other than your first. She is excited to work with multilingual writers this year. Outside of the Writing Center, Sophia can be found listening to true crime podcasts, reading interior design magazines, or walking her corgi, Winona

 Stefano

Stefano—or Steff, as he’s known in order to save on attempts at pronouncing the unpronounceable—is set to graduate in the spring of 2022 with a BA in English and a minor in Communication. After spending time engaging in NYU’s Film and English programs, his interests amalgamated into establishing a double concentration in Film & Media Studies and Writing & Rhetoric within his major. Steff approaches consulting through a dialectical lens, always considering aspects of both sides of any situation, discourse, or argument in order to get a more complete, all-around picture. He is in the process of transforming a qualitative data analysis on transparency in the context of AI technology into a full-fledged, academic article for publication. You can find him at arthouse cinemas on the weekends and singing soft grunge, like classics by Hole and Nirvana, just to soak up the noise on the weekdays.

 Stephanie

Stephanie is a second-year MFA candidate with a concentration in fiction. In undergrad, she studied at Hollins University and obtained a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in communications and film. When she was a sophomore in undergrad, she studied abroad in London and had the opportunity to visit other countries while she was in Europe. Her favorite part of traveling was getting to learn more about different cultures. During her time abroad, she interned with a publishing company and gained experience in various positions such as editing, revising, and creating content for the company's website. As a writer and consultant, Stephanie believes in the creative process and adhering to each student's individual goals. She strives to ensure that every student leaves the writing center feeling confident in their work. When she is not writing or consulting, Stephanie spends time with her cat fur baby, Fernando.

 Susan

Susan is a first-year poetry student in George Mason's MFA in creative writing program. Before coming to GMU, she graduated from Penn State with a BA/MA in English and a minor in world literature. She has experience in teaching freshman composition and its many assignments such as rhetorical analyses, position arguments, and proposals. She also worked at Paper Nautilus Press reading through chapbook manuscripts and copyediting throughout the publication process. She looks forward to meeting and working with writers of all genres, especially aspiring creative writers. In her free time, she enjoys jigsaw puzzles, crime docuseries, and playing Stardew Valley.

 Tulane

Tulane is a senior undergraduate English major concentrating in Literature and Creative Writing while pursuing a U.S. History minor. They transferred to Mason from Northern Virginia Community College where they studied American Sign Language and won first place in their campus’s writing contest for both non-fiction and poetry. They also have experience substitute teaching and helping ESL Nursing students write resumes and prepare for the writing and reading portions of their entrance exams. Since transferring to Mason, they received the 2021 Cynthia Wynn Herman scholarship for Women’s and Gender Studies and began working as a peer mentor for first-year college students. When writing and consulting, they like to focus on prewriting, brainstorming, and research as part of the wholistic writing process. In their free time, Tulane loves to knit, bake, and take care of their two adopted shelter dogs.