Writing Center Staff

  • Eric Vrooman (Writing Center Director)
  • Carly Overfelt (Multilingual and Intercultural Program Coordinator)
  • Alli Orta (Team Leader)
  • Tess Olinger (Team Leader) 
  • Sarah Knutson (Team Leader) 
  • Kari Felland (Team Leader) 
  • Chi Pham
  • Orissa Nitibhon
  • Sofie Wicklund
  • Kristi Manning
  • Adam Bakken 
  • Elizabeth Neuenfeldt
  • Camryn Heckel
  • Ha Huynh
  • Alec Donnelly
  • Hannah Mahr
  • Ella Napton
  • Kati Williams
  • Lily Winter
  • Mallory Arnold
  • Eli Dotson
  • Evelyn Doran 
  • Rebecca Steffen
  • Taylor Claeys


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Eric Vrooman

Education: M.F.A., Fiction Writing, UNC-Wilmington; B.A., English, Carleton College

Interests: Film, fiction writing, screenwriting, tennis, Scrabble, Wiffleball, pastry

Favorite Writers: George Saunders, Lorrie Moore, Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, Lydia Davis, and Haruki Murakami

Courses I Teach: Reading in the World: Crime & Punishment, Introduction to Creative Writing, Writing Fiction, Writing Creative Nonfiction, The American Novel, IEX travel courses

Alli Orta (Team Leader)

Class of 2019; Management major with English minor

What's one of your favorite words?

Engagement, because it has an application in every context and it's so vital as a trait!

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The tilde utilized in the Spanish language! Does that count as punctuation?

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Constructing supporting arguments to a main thesis and seeing how your initial idea grows, expands, and takes on nuance as you begin to work with your thesis and the source material!

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Staying concise and limiting the amount of arguments I use. Once I get passionate about a topic, it's really difficult to be not have space to expand fully on the different dimensions.


Tess Olinger (Team Leader)

Class of 2019; Political Science major with Spanish minor 

What's one of your favorite words? 

Coffee. Enough said :)

Your favorite punctuation mark? 

I love semicolons. I probably overuse them, because I love them so much.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most? 

I love finally finishing a paper and reading through that I've been working on for a long time. It's so satisfying to see how far I've come!

Which is the hardest part of the writing process for you? 

Writing intros and conclusions has always been tricky for me. I find it difficult to condense all my ideas into one meaningful paragraph!


Sarah Knutson (Team Leader)

Class of 2019; Political Science major with Peace/Justice/Conflict Studies minor 

What's one of your favorite words? 

Defenestration

Your favorite punctuation mark? 

& (because it's cool)

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most? 

I enjoy making a huge outline with all of my possible evidence then going through and cutting it down.

Which is the hardest part of the writing process for you? 

I have a hard time revising my own work. Especially parts I think are really well written because I already put in so much effort and do not want to delete my writing.


Kari Felland (Team Leader)

Class of 2019; English major with Strategic Communication and Film & Media Studies minors

What's one of your favorite words? 

Beloved. It's such a sweet but meaningful word. (But the word "shenanigans" is definitely a close second)

Your favorite punctuation mark? 

"Quotation marks" because they give each character their own unique voice.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most? 

Coming up with a good intro sentence or idea when I'm not actually sitting down to write. It's super exciting to come up with a great thought when I'm walking or doing other homework.

Which is the hardest part of the writing process for you? 

Starting! Once I've got ideas flowing, though, everything is good.


Chi Pham

Class of 2019; Biology Major

What's one of your favorite words?

Filicinophyta

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation marks

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I enjoy jotting down lots of ideas and free-writing because they allow me to explore what I know already and what I need to work on/do research on.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The hardest part of the writing process for me is probably the initiation of a paper.


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Orissa Nitibhon

Class of 2019. Biology major, Music minor

What is one of your favorite words?

Spicy

Favorite Punctuation Mark?
 
What are punctuation marks
 
Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?
 
 Signing the honor code at the end--the honor code saves grades
 
What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
 
Remembering to sign the honor code and adding punctuation marks 


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Sofie Wicklund

Class of 2019, Environmental Studies Major.
 
What's one of your favorite words?
 
Ethereal
 
Your favorite punctuation mark?
 
Question mark
 
Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?
 
I enjoy the final editing stages (like sentence restructuring and editing sentence flow) the most in my writing process.
 
What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?
 
The hardest part of the writing process for me is probably brainstorming and putting together the big ideas of my paper in an outline.

Kristi Manning

Class of 2019; Communication Studies major, Film and Media Studies and Music minors 

What's one of your favorite words?

Adore. I think one of the most meaningful compliments one can give is to say that they adore you. That is why I adore this word.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation point!! I use them like crazy!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I enjoy taking the time to make sure the organization of a paper is clear for the reader. Along with this, I love making sure each sentence sounds just the way I want. I love when a paper flows and both my language and my ideas, go hand and hand.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The hardest part of the writing process for me is getting all of my ideas out first without caring about how the paper sounds.


Adam Bakken

Class of 2019; Political Science and Philosophy with Honors

What's one of your favorite words?

Discourse 

Your favorite punctuation mark?

:

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I enjoy trying to come up with interesting introduction and conclusion paragraphs.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The beginning when my thoughts aren't solidified yet.


Elizabeth Neuenfeldt

Class of 2019; Music & English double major

What's one of your favorite words?

I really like the word Holistic.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

My favorite punctuation mark is the em dash.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I love outlining my paper once I have brainstormed my ideas and finished any necessary research. At this stage, I feel like my paper finally starts to come together.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The most difficult part of the writing process is writing the introduction paragraph. Oddly enough, it is usually the last thing I write.



Camryn Heckel

Class of 2019; English major

What's one of your favorite words?

Flabbergasted

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Question mark... Good things come from questions.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Brainstorming and creating an outline

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Writing conclusions


Ha Huynh

Class of 2019; Political Science & Environmental Studies double major

What's one of your favorite words?

Meow :3

Your favorite punctuation mark?

?!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Brainstorming and coming up with a satisfying outline.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Writing a conclusion that is as equally good and interesting as the introduction.


Alec Donnelly

Class of 2019; Biology major

What's one of your favorite words?

Adventure. Just hearing that word makes me want to go out and find one.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation Points!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Right after I've started, when the ideas are flowing faster than I can get them onto my paper.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Making myself sit down and get started.


Hannah Mahr

Class of 2020; Theater major, triple minor in Dance, English, and Comparative Literature

What's one of your favorite words?

Absolutely

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation mark!!!!!!!!!!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I love the drafting portion of the writing process. After all of the brainstorming, outlining, and planning that have to come first, it's nice to actually write. It's so rewarding to hit your stride and to feel as though the paper is just flowing out of your fingertips.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Drafting is also the most difficult part of the writing process for me. In general, I'm a very slow writer. It usually takes me multiple days to finish a first draft. I have a hard time simply putting my thoughts down on paper because I focus too intently on diction. I obsess about finding the perfect words for my ideas, and this preoccupation occasionally prevents me from moving forward with my work.


Ella Napton

Class of 2020; Secondary Education English/Communications major with a Coaching minor

What's one of your favorite words?

Zesty

Your favorite punctuation mark?

;

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Choosing the topic I'll be writing the paper on and finding the one I am most passionate about!

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Figuring out how to boil my ideas and what I would like to convey in the paper down to one thesis sentence (or a few).


Kati Williams

Class of 2021; Biochemistry, Chemistry, and French triple major

What's one of your favorite words?

I procrastinated writing this bio for a week because I absolutely could not pick a word. My careless and impulsive final choice was syzygy which is a noun used to describe alignment of celestial bodies.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The interrobang, which is an eloquent replacement for "?!?!?!?!?!?!???!"

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

The Stage of Endless Revisions

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Knowing when to leave The Stage of Endless Revisions.


Lily Winter

Class of 2019; English major with a triple minor in Spanish, Communication Studies, and Film and Media Studies

What's one of your favorite words?

I am one of the biggest logophiles around and love learning new words, although a classic favorite to amp up any paper would be the word "juxtaposed".

Your favorite punctuation mark?

My favorite punctuation mark would have to be a colon followed by a right curving parenthesis :)

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

My favorite component of the writing process is brainstorming ideas for a passionate essay, as well as making final re-edits to make essays as precise and as polished as possible.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

While I typically love writing assignments, the hardest part of the process for me is simply finding the motivation, which is why I love going to the Writing Center to find others to push and encourage me.


Mallory Arnold

Class of 2019; Communication Studies major with Music minor & Peace Studies minor

What's one of your favorite words?

Spicy

Your favorite punctuation mark?

!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

The Outline

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Choosing a Topic!


Eli Dotson

Class of 2018; Biology and Environmental Studies double major

What's one of your favorite words?

One of my favorite words is gökutta (Swedish), which describes the act of rising early to go out into nature and hear the birds sing.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

My favorite punctuation mark has gotta be the comma. 

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

My favorite part of the writing process is the fiddling and the satisfaction of wording something just right.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The hardest part of the writing process is always getting started for me.


Evelyn Doran

Class of 2021; English and Political Science double major

What's one of your favorite words?

Altruistic

Your favorite punctuation mark?

I love dashes for the way that they can create an emphatic and slightly more personal tone!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I love editing and diving into the nitty-gritty of word choice, punctuation, and sentence structure.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Getting started--I often struggle to get my first thoughts on a page.


Rebecca Steffen

Class of 2021; Math/Stats majors with Dance minor

What's one of your favorite words?

Ameliorate: to make something better. I love adding it to everything I write!

Your favorite punctuation mark?

My favorite punctuation mark is the semicolon; it lets me connect all my thoughts without stopping to add a period and a capitalized letter.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I enjoy designing my attention grabbing, creative, and informative opening sentence! It creates an initial vibe and direction to the paper.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The hardest part for me in the writing process is having the self-control to slow down and create my outline; I am usually so excited to start my paper I just want to start typing out all my thoughts.


Taylor Claeys

Class of 2019; English major

What's one of your favorite words?

Gumption is one of my favorite words

Your favorite punctuation mark?

My favorite punctuation mark is the period.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

My favorite part of the writing process is getting to see my thoughts come together to form the paper.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The hardest part of the writing process for me is accepting that a whatever I’m writing will never be perfect.