Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Meet the Writing Centre Tutors

Most of our writing tutors are students. The responsibility of the tutor is to offer feedback and advice on writing, with the goal of developing students' writing skills. The responsibility of the writing tutor is not to fix or simply edit the paper or be an expert on the content. Tutors attend up to 20 hours of training on the following topics: writing, grammar, collaboration, interpersonal skills, intercultural competencies, and tutoring and writing centre theories, practices, and strategies.The interaction between the writing tutor and the writer is one of cooperation, respect, and focused learning.

Here is a list of our tutors and their academic specialities:

Writing Centre Coordinator

Jenna Goddard, BA, MAdEd, TESL

Writing Centre Assistant

Chris Lindsay, BA, TESL

Peer tutors (Bachelor's or Master's Degree in progress)

Aksa Mughal, M.Ed in Leadership

         Specialties: APA Citation Style, Essay Planning, Transitions, Flow, and Structure

Alain Verrier, BA in Political Science

         Specialties: Academic Writing, Essay Organization, Research Skills, and Chicago Citation

Casey Hegalson, BA in Philosophy

         Specialties: Research Skills, Sourcing, Quoting, Paraphrasing, Essay Structure and Organization

Chelsea Tuyttens, BA, TESL

         Specialities: Creative Writing, Research Skills, Essay Structure and Organization

Chris Birch, BA in Chemistry, History

         Specialities: Scientific Writing, Essay Structure and Organization

Elizabeth Funk, BA in English

         Specialties: Essay Structure, MLA and Chicago Citation

Fonda Hodgson, BA in Fine Arts, English

         Specialties: Creative Writing, MLA and Chicago Citation

Jimmy Latin, BA in English

         Specialties: Literature, Essay Structure, Clarity, and Grammar

Lachlan Gonzales, BA in History, TESL, M.Ed

         Specialties: Academic and Creative Writing, Undergraduate and Graduate Research Skills, Thesis Development, Essay Structure and Organization, and APA Citations

Mackenzie Warner, BA in English, Creative Writing

         Specialities: Literature, Academic and Creative Writing, Essay Planning, Organization, Structure, Formatting, Transitions and Flow, Quoting, MLA and APA Citation Styles, Grammar, and Punctuation

Natalie Stewart, BA in Communications, Creative Writing

         Specialties: Literature, Academic Writing, Essay Planning, Transitions and Flow, and MLA Citation

Qingru (Maggie) Wu, BBA in Marketing

         Specialties: Essay Planning, Organizing and Grammar

Srividya Pisupati, MBA, Bachelor of Information Technology

         Specialties: Creative Writing, Essay Structure and Organization

Vera Ziwei Wu, BA, TESL, M.Ed

         Specialties: Essay Planning and Organization, Test Strategies and Exam Preparation (IELTS, Accuplacer), and Microsoft PowerPoint

Community, faculty, and staff volunteers

Alicia Ashcroft, BA in English Literature and Theatre Arts

         Specialties: Academic and Creative Writing, Research Skills, and Critical Analysis

Anne Patterson, BA in English, Journalism

         Specialties: Academic, Business, and Creative Writing, and Presentations

Chris Kempling, BA, MEd, MA, PsyD

         Specialties: Academic and Creative Writing

Chris Ward, BA, Business and Communication and Professional Writing Certificate

         Specialties: Essay Planning, Structure and Flow, Grammar, and APA Citation

Chuck Harris, BA, MA in Library and Information Science

         Specialties: Academic and Creative Writing, Essay Planning, Research Skills, APA Citations, and Microsoft Word

Claire Laville, PhD

         Specialties: Essay Planning, Research Skills, and MLA Citation Styles

Pamela Erikson, BA in English

           Specialties: Literature, Academic Writing, Essay Planning, Organizing, Structure, Formatting, Transitions, and MLA Citations

Pamela Fry, BA in Women's Studies and Canadian History, TESL

         Specialties: Creative Writing

 Shawn Thompson, BA, MA

         Specialties: Creative Writing and Grammar