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.

Adam B.

Adam B. is a junior majoring in Geography, with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. Hailing from central Virginia, he’s still getting the lay of land in NoVA. So far in college, his major has been full of research assignments that have strengthened his ability to write. He’s worked with writers in various genres and enjoys helping people with the ins and outs of writing. He loves traveling and has visited quite a few countries such as France, Italy and Japan. When he’s not collecting data for maps or doing homework, he’s usually engrossed in his PlayStation 4.

Adam M.

Adam M. is a third-year student from Richmond majoring in English with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric. Alongside tutoring in the Writing Center, Adam works as an Explainer at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. He particularly likes writing and working with nonfiction and research papers alike. In his spare time, he likes pulling trash out of lakes with magnets, and playing video games.

Alex

Alex is a second-year fiction MFA candidate studying at Mason. Hailing from the Midwest, he previously studied Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he had spent the first three years of his undergraduate career as a Physics major. Raised by his grammatically focused mother and finding his stride in telling stories, Alex has found luck in striking a balance between his words and his content and wants to bring those ideas to the Writing Center. His personal mission is clear: he wants to assist his tutees in finding the best possible way to illustrate their ideas in a written form. When he’s not at the writing center, Alex spends his time reading, exploring D.C., and playing video games – games that he hopes one day he’ll be able to help write.

Ana

Ana is a first-year MFA candidate studying poetry at Mason. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Skidmore College, and a Master’s degree in “Language & Literacy” from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She spent the last several years teaching English in China and Thailand. She enjoys helping ESL students become confident in their writing abilities, and learn how to express their ideas more fully on paper. In the words of author Margaret Atwood: “All writers feel struck by the limitations of language.” When she isn’t writing poetry, Ana likes watching bad UFO documentaries, or taking her feisty Shih Tzu on walks.

Ben

Ben is a first-year MFA candidate focused on Fiction. Before coming to Mason, he earned a Master of Arts in Writing at Coastal Carolina University, where he also earned a bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. In between degrees, Ben worked as a political researcher specializing in defense, aerospace, intelligence, and cybersecurity. He’s been an editor for Coastal’s graduate-run literary magazine, Waccamaw, and had his writing published in Archarios, International Policy Digest, and Inverse Genius. His interests include game design, IP development writing, comic book scripting, and anything to do with science fiction, fantasy, horror, or narrative essay. As a tutor, Ben is committed to taking anxiety out of the writing process through collaboration and discovery.

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.

Carol

Carol is a first-year MFA student studying fiction. Before discovering her love for writing, Carol received an MBA and worked in Economics, Finance, and Information Technology. Since entering the world of creative writing, Carol has written several novels for children, taught high school, and conducted creative writing workshops for young writers. When she has a free moment, Carol likes to read YA novels, listen to music, and to travel. She has been to several countries in South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and aspires to visit every state in the US and every continent in the world.

Casey

Casey is a first-year Creative Nonfiction MFA candidate. She grew up around Baltimore and studied English (with a concentration in creative writing) at Goucher College before completing a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Science in Professional Writing at Towson University. She ran her own tutoring business in Baltimore for the past four years and has a passion for working with students with diverse educational backgrounds and learning styles. She believes that tutoring offers a unique opportunity for students to clarify their own ideas and solidify concepts from within and beyond the classroom. Casey recently moved to Northern Virginia with her English Springer Spaniel, Winston Woolf Churchill; the two hope to continue competing in agility competitions.

Dada

Dada is a student in the Creative Writing MFA program. Born and raised in Nigeria, he moved to the US in 2009, and earned his MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to Mason, he taught ESL, technical writing, and American Literature at the undergraduate, middle and high school levels. When no one’s watching, he dabbles in woodworking (shelves, tables, benches, etc.) and homebrewing.

Daniel

Daniel holds a BA in English with a concentration in Cultural Studies, and they are currently working on their MA in the same field. In addition to their MA, they are also working towards the Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Their academic work is largely focused on literary and media analyses and interdisciplinary research papers with an emphasis on issues of representation in the media. In both their personal and academic life, they hold a deep commitment to issues of social justice and equity. Prior to coming to the Writing Center, Daniel has worked as a teaching assistant for autistic students for Prince William County Public Schools, a writing tutor for Northern Virginia Community College, and a graduate teaching assistant for writing-intensive courses here at George Mason University.

Emma

Emma is an avid student of English and Linguistics. She’s always been fascinated by foreign languages, especially Japanese. She was an RA at the Virginia Japanese Governor’s School, and studied abroad in Japan, where she also climbed Mt. Fuji! Emma has taken a wide variety of courses at George Mason, and worked with almost every kind of student at the Writing Center. She is a conversational tutor, willing to collaborate with you at any step of the writing process. In her spare time, Emma writes her own fiction, creates languages, and plays The Witcher 3.

Farheen

Farheen is a junior majoring in Information Technology and minoring in English. Although she was born in India, she spent her childhood years in the sunflower state of Kansas. Between observing tornado warnings and watching The Wizard of Oz an unnatural number of times, she began to develop a keen interest in reading and writing. She took this passion with her when she moved to NoVa in her early teens and to this day enjoys consuming and analyzing all types of literature, as well as writing some of her own short stories. Farheen has spent many years tutoring young native speakers and multilingual students in English and is now thankful to use this expertise to work with her peers at George Mason University. Growing up in a bilingual household, she has firsthand experience with the struggles of the English acquisition process and has great respect for multilingual writers at the university level. She understands that writing is a constantly developing process and looks forward to collaborating with students in all the various stages of their work.

Fizza

Fizza is an undergraduate studying Creative Writing who has 5 years’ experience tutoring students of various ages and writing backgrounds. She enjoys reading as an immersive experience and has, along with her creative writing pursuits, been writing literary criticism for the past two years. Fizza is an editorial assistant with Stillhouse Press, Secretary of the Undergraduate English Society, and president of the Mason Chapter of Muslim Writers Collective. A worshipper of words and language, Fizza is constantly chasing meaning—racing against an avalanche of stories she must surmount. She has a finger in every literary pot ever boiled and is constantly searching for more. She humbly asks that you all pray for her many fingers currently cooking in the various literary pots while she continues to leap into cauldrons without heeding any warnings.

Funmi

Funmi is a Nigerian-American Teaching of Writing and Literacy MA candidate. She and her family migrated from a small village in Ondo State, Nigeria to the wonderful state of Maryland in the late 90s. She currently commutes from Bowie, Maryland to GMU and anticipates having a wonderful experience at Mason. She received her BA from Bowie State University with her concentration being in Language and Literature, and worked as an English tutor for three and a half consecutive years. She absolutely loved it. Funmi’s experience as an undergraduate tutor is what fans the flames of her passion for helping students just like yourself!

Ginny

Ginny is a graduate student in the MFA program and was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. She earned an undergraduate degree in English from Mason so she’s very familiar with the campus! She has been tutoring for a few years but mainly fourth graders, so she’s excited for the change. She tutors because she wants to give everyone the tools to better express themselves. She has been a second-language learner and knows how that feels and how important confidence is. Communication affects how people see you, and she wants to help you put your best foot forward. She is a people-person and loves conversation and the opportunity to meet new people. When she’s not tutoring (or reading, or writing) she can be found painting, hiking in the Blue Ridge, cuddling her rescue dog named Poppy, or taking a well-earned nap!

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 dances with AVU on campus as well as Netflix-binging with her roommate.

Jordan

Jordan is a first-year MA Cultural Studies student who grew up in Texas and Louisiana but loves Ohio (especially their sports teams). She received her BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Humanities and Social Thought from the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Her time at the Scholars’ College exposed her to numerous style conventions and subjects which ultimately prepared her for tutoring students across disciplines at GMU. At NSU, Jordan also discovered her passion for higher education and journalism while working for the university newspaper. She additionally spent a summer abroad in the UK where she took a course on the Harry Potter franchise and now laments how efficient public transportation is there compared to other cities. Jordan understands that the writing process is tough and tedious at times but is willing to help students in a variety of subjects and writing genres.

Julie

Julie is a junior majoring in English with a concentration in literature and minoring in Environmental Science with an interest in conservation. From her writing-intensive courses, she has experience in creating literary analyses, research papers, annotated bibliographies, and lab reports. She grew up in a Vietnamese household during her childhood and learned American Sign Language during her time in high school. Through her language experience, she empathizes with and wants to listen to the various student voices across the university and hopes to instill confidence in writers. Her academic interests include philosophy, religion, creative writing, folklore and mythology, and astronomy. Outside of academia, Julie enjoys watching documentaries, playing PC and mobile games, reading literary classics and dystopian novels, and caring for her pet cat. In the future, she hopes to rescue and rehabilitate animals from farms, confinement, and the streets.

Kelly

Kelly is a first year MFA poetry candidate at Mason. She earned her MA in poetry in her hometown at the University of Cincinnati, where she also taught English Composition. As a tutor, Kelly endeavors to help students tap into knowledge they already have to unlock new writing concepts; she believes an effective tutor guides students to realize things on their own. When she isn’t tutoring, Kelly listens to This American Life, plays video games, and writes letters to her friends and family. She, having earned her minor in Arabic, has first-hand experience with the challenges of writing in a second language and enjoys tutoring students undertaking this journey.

Ki

Ki is currently working on their MA in English and Literature. They have an AA in Liberal Arts from Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, VA, and a BA in English with a concentration in British Literature and a minor in Folklore and Mythology from GMU. Most of their classes have focused on British Literature, but they also have academic and personal interests in history and video games. In their free time, Ki prefers spending time with animals, writing, drawing, and a variety of crafts. Their dream is to become a novelist, but they would also love to teach British Literature at the college level. Ki would love to help writers take the dread out of the writing process, and turn good writing into something students know they are capable of.

Kyra

Kyra is a first-year fiction MFA candidate. Originally from the DC area, she spent undergrad studying English and Philosophy at SMU in Dallas, TX, which she quickly learned does not count as the "wild west." As an undergraduate, she worked as a tutor and ESL writing liaison. She genuinely loves writing and hopes to channel this passion in her tutoring. She previously competed as a collegiate swimmer, and in her retirement from athletics, she enjoys painting in the company of her houseplants.

Lauren

Originally from Pennsylvania, Lauren came to Mason to pursue her undergraduate degree in Government & International Politics and her minor in French. She has experience with quantitative and qualitative research, literature reviews, the French language and study abroad. Outside of academics, she pursues her love of creating writing with Volition as the Public Relations Officer. In her spare time, she can be found with a cup of coffee in hand and binge-watching a variety of TV shows.

Luz

I’m originally from Bogotá, Colombia and I have lived in Northern Virginia for over 15 years. I’m a Spanish MA student here at Mason. As an ESL student myself, I have experience working with multilingual students and I’m looking forward to working with Spanish writers. I enjoy reading magical realism by Latin American authors, especially Gabriel García Márquez whom I’m very proud to call my fellow Colombian. When I’m not splitting my time between a busy household and school, I enjoy learning about history, going on road trips, and planning the next trip to my home country.

Madison

Madison is a sophomore undergraduate majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. While they have a special interest in fiction and creative non-fiction, they also have a background in analytical, argumentative, and research-oriented writing. They were born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where they spend their summers reading fantasy novels, paddle boarding, and volunteering at the local food bank. At George Mason, they’re a staff member for the Volition Literary and Art Journal, which means they’re contractually obligated to invite anyone reading this to submit their original work and/or attend the journal’s next Open Mic Night.

Melissa

Melissa is a first-year MFA candidate studying Fiction. Born on a goat farm in Pennsylvania, she later moved to Baltimore as a teen, obtained a B.A. in English, and started teaching high school literature and composition in the city. She continued that career in central Virginia, where she created research classes that help students interested in many disciplines prepare for college. She empathizes with those who feel their voice weakened by the pressure to succeed, and tutors because she believes that everyone has something of value to write and share. On a side note, she’s also taught many lessons on grammar. What she loves about teaching and tutoring is the opportunity to grow through collaboration, because academic study and writing are stronger together. Beyond putting her pen to paper, Melissa also dabbles in the arts—photography mostly, hikes with her dog Fletcher, and binges on documentaries and TED talks.

Millie

Millie is a first year MFA candidate studying poetry. As an undergraduate, she majored in English and Philosophy at Utah State University. Raised in Northern Utah, the move to Fairfax has been exciting and bizarre. (Grass grows all by itself here!) She lives with her two gray cats (one large and one regular), Martin and Summer. As a tutor, she seeks to give writers the tools they need to communicate the ideas they are passionate about.

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.

Sarah

Sarah is a first year MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction. Born in South Africa, Sarah spent time in London, Amsterdam, Boston and Toronto before finally settling down (sort of) in Virginia. Prior to embarking on the MFA program at George Mason, she studied Painting and Printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Theatre Performance and English at Virginia Commonwealth University. She believes that art is collaborative and writing is no different! Sarah looks forward to working with students across many disciplines to collaborate and better their craft. In her spare time, Sarah loves spending time on outdoor adventures with Boots the mischievous beagle.

Shane

Shane is a poetry MFA candidate here at Mason. After spending most of his life in Minnesota, he moved to Arizona to study English at ASU. He minored in Communication and was awarded a certificate in professional writing for his work in proposals and argumentative essays. Shane wants to help students understand that writing of any kind is a process. Just because you struggle, doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. Between undergrad and starting at Mason, Shane found himself as the go-to for friends writing cover letters and resumes. He’d be more than happy to look at yours and share some tips he’s learned along the way. When he isn’t scribbling down ideas for poems, he can be found at the local record store, playing air-drums and searching for an esoteric addition to his vinyl collection.

Shawnna

Shawnna or Shawn comes from a military family, unable to call one place or another “home.” They are currently a senior working towards their BA in English with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric here at GMU. While this is their first time tutoring in the Writing Center, Shawn has participated in many editing workshops, proofreads many papers for various friends and family members, and genuinely cares about writing, writing processes, grammar, and all that jazz. Along with their bachelor’s degree, Shawn is pursuing a minor in Art & Visual Technology and hopes to bring art techniques to their tutoring sessions. They are very excited for this opportunity helping others develop and grow as effective writers and communicators. During their free time, Shawn is an avid LGBTQ+ activist trying their best to raise awareness and support others in the LGBTQ+ community. You might see them writing notes and doodling in their trusty notebook. They care about their emotional well-being, plants, and the hundreds of books they own.

Siena

Siena is a senior Criminology, Law and Society student with a double minor in Data Analysis and Intelligence Analysis. Since these fields of study require enormous amounts of research and writing, Siena knows her way around different genres and styles of writing. She was born and raised right here in Northern Virginia but spends the majority of her breaks from school traveling to different states and countries. She is a member of the GMU chapter of the American Statistical Association as well as the Intelligence Community Club. Her claim to fame is that she was in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade and you could definitely see her on TV. Her hobbies include photography, dragging her friends on road trips, and playing with other people’s dogs.

Stephanie

Stephanie is a first year MFA student studying creative nonfiction. Originally from Delaware, she spent the last 5 years living in Baltimore doing odd jobs—working as a film equipment rental tech, a bookseller, and a writer for a marketing company—to name a few. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Film with a minor in Creative Writing from Towson University in 2017. While at Towson, she helped edit Grub Street literary magazine, and has since gone on to work as an editorial intern for Tin House Books. She believes that writing is an inherently collaborative act, and hopes to encourage others to embrace the messiness of the writing process.

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.

Tara

Tara is a second-year graduate student in the Creative Writing MFA program in Fiction. Originally from Pennsylvania, she graduated from Saint Francis University with a degree in English and minors in French, Women’s Studies, and Social Responsibility. She also studied abroad for two semesters in a tiny village in the south of France, and still sorely misses the baguettes. She has previously worked as a writing center tutor and an essay coach, and hopes to help students embrace (and maybe even come to love) writing as a process. When not writing short stories or jotting down ideas for novels, she can usually be found in a warm patch of sunlight, with a book in one hand and a cup of Earl Grey in the other.

Trisha

Trisha is a first-year Fiction MFA candidate with genuine enthusiasm for working with developing writers. She earned her BA in English from Old Dominion University, and spent most of her life in southeast Virginia before venturing up north to pursue her graduate studies. Trisha’s writing tends to emphasize mental health and autism spectrum disorders; particularly, she enjoys incorporating these areas of interest into children’s literature. When she worked as an editor in undergrad for Mace & Crown magazine, Trisha learned valuable skills in weighing the strengths and weaknesses of creative pieces and is excited to transfer those skills into a more personal, collaborative working experience with students in the Writing Center. Trisha is a lot friendlier in person than pictures of her will generally admit. In her free time, she enjoys discussion concerning writing, philosophy, theology, psychology, and education.

Zachary

A Pennsylvania transplant, Zachary is now enjoying his time at Mason as a first-year Fiction MFA candidate. He received a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Education from James Madison University in 2014 and has been teaching music lessons and tutoring college-level English and ESL at NVCC-Annandale since then. He is the author of two books, both fantasy, and many short stories; with his most recent novel, Zachary earned a finalist spot in the 2017 International Book Awards. In his free time, Zachary enjoys backpacking, playing the mandolin, and baking baguettes and apple pies. He loves the collaborative aspect of tutoring and always strives to bring a new perspective and an open mind to every session.

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