The Tutors

Our tutors are accomplished graduate and undergraduate Mason students. Our graduate tutors and undergraduate tutors are talented writers and scholars who come from majors across the university.

Abi

Abi is a first year MFA student studying creative nonfiction. She received her BS from Utah State University in English with a concentration in creative writing, so she hasn’t spent much time on anything else. Though she lived the majority of her life in Utah, she’d like to claim Oregon as home because she was born there and it’s cooler than Utah. She’s had experience tutoring in writing centers before, and she worked as the lead fiction editor for her university’s literary journal. She loves indoor plants and cats, and hopes one day to have an indoor jungle so her future cat can live a happy life.

Camille

Camille is a junior 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.

Jaira

Jaira is a Developmental Psychology major with a minor in African and African American Studies from Chesapeake, VA. She has had tutoring experience from working in her high school’s writing center during her senior year. At Mason, she has gained experience with writing within her discipline in her Psychology classes. She has also had the opportunity to do independent study in her AFAM minor, which required extensive reading and written analyses. She has married her major and minor by writing a review of the literature on black women and mental illness. In her free time, she participates in BSA and My Natural clubs on campus as well as Netflix-binging with her roommate.

Jenna

Jenna is a first-year creative nonfiction MFA candidate. She was born in Germany and lived in Europe until she turned sixteen. Though Annapolis is very different from Zagreb or Berlin, she managed to adjust. After earning a BS in English from Towson University, she helped run a math tutoring center in Maryland for seven months. Working on topics like fractions, algebra, and geometry with students of all ages helped her realize the importance of instilling confidence in others. When she isn’t blogging about the book she just finished, she enjoys spending time with her two rescue dogs, Männlein and Sisi.

Katie

Katie, a rare Delawarean, is a third-year graduate student of Creative Nonfiction Writing who is excited to work with students across disciplines. As an undergraduate at the University of Richmond, she studied English, Journalism, Creative Writing, and Dance, writing everything from literary analysis and newspaper articles to personal narrative and performance review. Professionally, Katie has also written technical articles for Environmental Finance Magazine in London as well as proposals, memos, and website content for the corporate sector of a marketing company in Richmond. In her spare time, Katie especially enjoys taking ballet classes, cooking, and eating ice cream.

Michael

Michael is a first-year Fiction MFA student. Originally from Richmond, he received his BFA in Fiction at GMU in 2016. As an undergraduate, he served as the Vice President of the Undergraduate English Society, where he co-founded the UES Writer's Workshop. Professionally, Michael has worked as a first reader for the Cricket Magazine Group since 2014, assessing poems and stories for their children's literary journals, Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, Cricket, and Cicada. His other academic interests include folklore, epic poetry, geology, and astronomy. His not-as-academic interests include exploring dungeons in Legend of Zelda, cryptozoology, and grooving out on bass guitar.

Moubin

Moubin is a junior majoring in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Fiction and a minor in Journalism. Moubin has been proficient in all of his writing-intensive courses, with knowledge in producing well-crafted analysis essays, reflections, statements, and research papers.  He is prone to sharing in-depth discussions about any and every topic for hours on end, but will work diligently towards helping fellow student-writers with any issues they may have.  Outside of tutoring, Moubin works on writing (and hopefully finishing) the numerous stories and projects he comes up with, sharing and critiquing them with friends, and consuming any good sushi rolls he comes by.

Sofia P.

Born in Kentucky, raised in Ohio, and granted her BA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida, Sofia finds herself returning to both Fiction and four legitimate seasons as a first year MFA candidate at Mason. She has several years’ experience tutoring young writers and looks forward to leveling up her skills in collaboration with her fellow Patriots. While her main focus lies in the literary and creative genres, being an ex-Digital Media major and the daughter of a language professor has introduced her to the stylings of varied disciplines. Outside of academia, she is a lapsed kendo practitioner, an avid reader, and a fandom lurker. These days you can catch her exploring Northern Virginia, filling her Pokedex along the way.

Tanya, ESL Specialist

Tanya received her Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. During her graduate program, she tutored and taught academic writing to multilingual writers. Before coming to Ohio University, she had worked as a tutor and instructor of English as a Foreign Language in her home country Ukraine for seven years, helping students of different proficiency levels in English. Tanya's research focuses on lexical, grammatical, and stylistic features in second language writing, technology in language teaching, and English for Academic Purposes. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, exercising at a gym, and exploring the D.C. area.

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