Writing Center Staff

  • Baker Lawley (Writing Center Director)
  • TBA (EL. Specialist)
  • Katelyn Juni (Administrative Supervisor)
  • Olivia Del Viscio (ELL/MLL, Disability Services, and Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator)
  • Mariah Wika (Outreach Coordinator)
  • Heather Kok (1st Year Orientation/FTS Coordinator)
  • Lesley Darling
  • Benjamin Dipple
  • Hanna Engebretson
  • Laura Isdahl
  • Matt Kessler
  • Ryan Liebl
  • Max Mlinar
  • Eleanor Mithun
  • Sophie Panetti
  • Jack Poblocki
  • Preston Schlueter
  • Yongrong "Jessie" Tan
  • Jordyn Taylor
  • Clara Wicklund

Baker LawleyBaker Lawley

Education: M.F.A. (Fiction), The University of Alabama; B.A. in English, Millsaps College
Hometown: Montevallo, Alabama
Interests: Fiction writing, biking, college football (Roll Tide), reading, sampling pastries
Favorite Writers: Lewis Nordan, Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Michael Chabon,
Courses I Teach: Introduction to Creative Writing, Writing Fiction, Contemporary American Literature, Reading in the World, The American Novel, American Literature, FTS

 

 

 

 


Katelyn JuniKatelyn Juni

Class of 2015; Major and minor fields of study: History and Theatre

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

If I had to choose my favorite class that I have taken thus far, it would have to be Beginning Acting with Henry MacCarthy. The movement-based course taught me more about theatre than I thought possible (and was an absolute blast).

What's one of your favorite words?

I consider "furthermore" to be my favorite word. It seems very simple, but "furthermore" is a word that tells readers that my thoughts or only just beginning, not ending. "Furthermore" is just a really great word!

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

My favorite part of the writing process would have to be prewriting because I can write down all of my ideas without having to filter or be caught up in the details of syntax. This part of the writing process also helps to relieve any anxieties I have about a given assignment.

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

 


Olivia DelViscioOlivia Del Viscio

Class of 2015; English major, Film and Media Studies minor

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

Film Theory with Sean Cobb. This class offered an opportunity to study and write on any film of my choosing. The freedom this offered allowed for an in-depth exploration of my interests in film. I also decided to declare a Film Studies minor during this class.

What's one of your favorite words?

Esoteric. I appreciate the irony in its definition. It describes something that is only understood by a small group of people and the word itself is also! The nemonic device I learned in high school to memorize it for a test has a permanent place in my brain.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Parenthesis!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Outlining. This stage produces the first tangible piece of my paper. It is the beginning of a project that will become a constant companion in my life from this point until its conclusion.I love watching the framework of my paper come together.

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

I often struggle to narrow my ideas into a solid thesis, especially if I am passionate and excited about the topic.


Mariah WikaMariah Wika

Class of ; major

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

 

What's one of your favorite words?

 

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

 

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

 


Heather KokHeather Kok

Class of 2015; English major

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

The Art of Interpretation, English 201

What's one of your favorite words?

Circumnambulate

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The quamma (It's a question mark with a comma at the bottom). (DIRECTOR'S NOTE: there is no such punctuation mark, or else Heather's favorite animal is the jackalope.)

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Outlining

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

Revising


LesleyLesley Darling

 


HahhaHanna Engebretson

Class of 2016, Biology Major

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

Cell and Molecular Biology (Fun lab reports)

What's one of your favorite words?

Efflorescence, flowering and blooming

Your favorite punctuation mark?

A comma because you never know what is going to come next!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Creating an outline is my favorite part of writing. I love seeing all my ideas come together into an organized whole.

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

Creative Writing


lauraLaura Isdahl

Class of 2017, English Major

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

Creative Writing

What's one of your favorite words?

Ripple because I think when you say the word it sounds like the motion that a ripple makes with the "p's."

Your favorite punctuation mark?

 I would have to go with the classic period.  It is practical and necessary in any type of writing.  It separates thoughts and ideas and is absolutely essential.  The use of a period has power though because if you use it in unique ways, it changes. the. pace. of. your. writing.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I like when everything starts to come together after I have clarified my thoughts for an idea for a paper or essay.  I also love going through my paper after I have completed a first draft and editing it by crossing out sentences and changing around sentences and marking up the entire paper to make it even better.

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

Sometimes I find that getting started is often the hardest part.  I may have a lot of ideas for a paper but need to find clarity to come up with a strong thesis and argument.  

MattMatt Kessler

Class of ; major

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Ryan Liebl

Ryan Liebl

Class of 2016; English major

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

Shakespeare with Rob Kendrick

What's one of your favorite words?

pulchritudinous (its sound so utterly doesn't suggest its meaning)

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The dash "--" (it shuts stupid characters up in novels)

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

getting inspired (which usually means angry. Anger is great for writing.)

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

Compromising between the aesthetic appeal of a sentence and its strict accuracy

 


maxMax Mlinar

Class of ; major

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Eleanor MithunEleanor Mithun

Class of 2014; English major

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

I loved Baker Lawley's Writing Fiction class last semester. Not only was it fun to create things for a grade, the workshops really helped me get an outsider's perspective on my work. I recommend anyone with an interest in creative writing take it when they can!

What's one of your favorite words?

"Grok." No matter how much you try to understand what it means, you're probably still not quite getting it, and I like a challenge.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

[hard brackets]

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Pre-writing / brainstorming

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

Formulating cohesive concluding paragraphs

 



sophieSophie Panetti

Class of 2017; English major

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

Creative Writing!

What's one of your favorite words?

vivid. I throw it in when I'm at a loss for words (in a good way).

Your favorite punctuation mark?

&. It's so much fun to write.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

when I'm on a roll and the words are just flowing. Best feeling.

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

Knowing when to leave well enough alone!



Jack Poblocki

Class of ; major

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prestonPreston Schlueter

Class of 2017; Undeclared--likely a History and/or English major

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

History 241, "Recent U.S. History." I've always been a history nut, and this is by far the most in-depth course I've ever taken on the subject. We've all been taught U.S. history several times over, but tehre's more nuance and complexity in the material studied here than I've ever seen before!

What's one of your favorite words?

I'm not sure I could choose--I'm also a lover of the intricacies (there's one!) of the English language. Let's see... Off the top of my head, how about "panegyric?" Something about that combination of consonants is pleasing to me.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

In terms of usage, I abuse the semicolon like no other; I'm always trying to string related thoughts together. (See what I did there?) I'm also a big fan of the pound sign - or "hashtag," if you insist - because of its alternate name: the octothorpe.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Editing word choice and sentence fluency. As I stated above, words fascinate me, so finding the best word for a given sentence is always a source of joy.

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

The initial formation of a thesis. Generally, I'm fairly good at generating a topic for a paper, but boiling that down to a concise thesis is often difficult - likely because I'm such a stickler for finding the perfect phrasing!


jessieJessie Tan

Class of 2017; Economics major

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

Introduction to Creative Writing

What's one of your favorite words?

vivid. The sound of the word goes perfectly well with the meaning.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The comma.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Outlining.

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

Getting started is the hardest part for me.

 


jordynJordyn Taylor

Class of 2016; major

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

Bi-Cultural Identity or Post Colonial Literature

What's one of your favorite words?

Perseverance

Your favorite punctuation mark?

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Outlining

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

Conclusions


claraClara Wicklund

Class of 2017; English and Political Science major

What class have you taken that you particularly enjoyed?

It's a tie between Creative Writing, and Sex, Power, + Politics

What's one of your favorite words?

Rambunctious

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The Semi Colon (the invisible snowman with black buttons)

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Brainstorming ideas. There are so many thoughts to think!

What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

Starting.