Writing Center Staff

  • Eric Vrooman (Writing Center Director)
  • Rene Wagner (Multilingual Learner Tutor)
  • Laura Isdahl (Team Leader: 1st Year Orientation/FTS Coordinator)
  • Sophie Panetti (Team Leader: Outreach)
  • Clara Wicklund (Team Leader: ELL/MLL, Disability Services)
  • Erin Ingram (Team Leader)
  • Melissa Saholt (Team Leader)
  • Lizzie Hjelle
  • Jack Poblocki
  • Preston Schlueter
  • Hayley Booher
  • Jaurdyn Gilliss
  • Evelyn Magner
  • Miki Mir
  • Noah Nguyen
  • Maddie Renneke
  • Orissa Nitibhon
  • Carolyn Del Vecchio
  • Kari Felland
  • Sofie Wicklund
  • Jenna Hagglund
  • Lindsey Taylor
  • Jenna Hooper
  • Chi Pham
  • Katie Tahtinen
  • Lydia Hayes


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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



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Laura Isdahl (Team Leader)

Class of 2017. English Major with Writing Emphasis; Political Science Minor

What's one of your favorite words?

Squelch. Simple, but it gets the job done. 

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.  


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Sophie Panetti (Team Leader)

Class of 2017; History Major, English Minor

What's one of your favorite words?

Vivacious! It's a fantastic descriptor AND a great personality trait. What could be better?!

Your favorite punctuation mark?

I'm partial to the ampersand (&). It's so fun to write, plus it's a good word for Scrabble or Bananagrams!

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!


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Clara Wicklund (Team Leader)

Class of 2017; Political Science major

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.


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Erin Ingram (Team Leader)

Class of 2018; English major

What's one of your favorite words?

Celestial

Your favorite punctuation mark?

"Definitely" quotation marks.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Looking for the perfect words to articulate what I want to say.

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

Writing a conclusion. I can write intros and body paragraphs for days…but how do I stop?


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Melissa Saholt (Team Leader)

Class of 2018; English & Communication Studies double major

What's one of your favorite words?

Serendipity (because it basically means luck, and that brings me back to the gambling class). Syzygy (because of the awesomely impossible spelling (it means an alignment of celestial bodies)). Ineffable (because everyone should have those magical moments that can’t be put into words).

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Hands down parentheses win (because then you can use your thoughts to clarify a point or to interrupt an otherwise boring sentence with a witty comment).

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I really love the nitpicky editing stage mostly because at this point, everything is finished (and that’s a great feeling), but it would have to tie with the brainstorming stage (ironically when you have absolutely nothing) because then you get to mark up your paper with a flurry of great ideas.

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

The hardest part of the writing process is shaping the paper so it makes sense. It’s a bit hard to organize all of the different ideas (and keep all ideas enclosed in one paragraph) but I promise I’m working on it.

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Lizzie Hjelle

Class of 2017; English & GWSS double major, Film & Media studies minor

What's one of your favorite words?

Stupendous

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Semicolons, thanks to my junior high english teacher. Thanks Mr. Z.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I actually really enjoy revising drafts.  It's so satisfying to finally figure out exactly what you're trying to say and refine your arguments.

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

Staying true to my outline has always been a struggle for me, I tend to get ahead of myself when I'm writing.


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Jack Poblocki

Class of 2017; Peanut Butter major

What's one of your favorite words?

“Peanut.”  But only when followed immediately by “Butter.”

Your favorite punctuation mark?

A dollop of peanut butter, which I use in place of periods, commas, semicolons, quotation marks, umlauts, and any other spheroidal punctuation.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Eating the dollops of peanut butter punctuation (see above).

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

Not eating my papers (see above).


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Class of 2017; History Major

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!


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Hayley Booher

Class of 2017; Political Science major, GWSS Minor

What's one of your favorite words?

My favorite set of words in "cellar door".  It just sounds so lovely.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The semicolon, its so versatile and the textbook definition of a team player.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

My favorite part of the writing process is the moment everything falls into place, you've found the flow and the voice of your paper becomes one of confidence.  Unfortunately in my case, I never know when that moment will happen...

What's the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Getting started. 


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Jaurdyn Gilliss

Class of 2017; English major

What's one of your favorite words?

Motley (mostly when used to describe a group of people)

Your favorite punctuation mark?

I love a good ellipses because it acknowledges that a thought can usually be contemplated further

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Revision, especially locally within sentences. It’s really satisfying to find a more exact or creative way to express a thought.

What's the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Starting the process in the first place. 


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Evelyn Magner

Class of 2018; Environmental Studies major, Geography minor. 

What's one of your favorite words?

Inevitable and infamous. 

Your favorite punctuation mark?

I like the ellipsis … It is handy in papers when there is a huge hunk of evidence that needs shortening … in turn omitting many words … and it can be used in dialogue when a character trails off …

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Outlining and planning.

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

Getting started and writing conclusions.


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Miki Mir

Class of 2018; Biology major

What's one of your favorite words?

Neighbor

Your favorite punctuation mark?

My favorite punctuation is the semi-colon because I used to always forget how to use it.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

My favorite part of the writing process is the brainstorming. I like to get all my evidence and notes in piles on the ground and pretend like I’m working on something really important.

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

Trying to figure out a solid introduction.

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Noah Nguyen

Class of 2018; International Management major

What's one of your favorite words?

Dynamic

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The period

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Proofreading

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

Organizing & structuring

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Maddie Renneke

Class of 2017; Communication Studies major

What's one of your favorite words?

Coffee.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation marks, and lots of them!!!!!!!!!!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

My favorite part of the writing process has to be finishing a paper. Sometimes it is a matter of just wanting to be done with something, but I also love the feeling of accomplishment when I finish writing something I’m proud of!

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

Writing conclusions is always a challenge for me.

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Orissa Nitibhon

Class of 2019. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major (Music Minor)

What is one of your favorite words?

DOOOOOOOOOOOODE

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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Carolyn Del Vecchio

Class of 2017; Political Science major with Bio & Religion minors

What's one of your favorite words?

Karibu (care-ee-boo): "Welcome" in Swahili!

Your favorite punctuation mark?

(Parenthesis) (Obviously)

What part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Solidifying my thesis statement & supporting arguments.

What's the hardest part of the writing process for you?

STARTING!
 

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Kari Felland

Class of2019; Elementary Education or English Major

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. 

What's the hardest part of the writing process for you?

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


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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

 



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Jenna Hagglund

Class of 2018; English and Communications double major, with a Film and Media studies minor

What's one of your favorite words?

I love words, and it's entirely difficult to choose favorites... but I really like the word butter. It sounds pleasing to me, it's a great tasting food, and the frogs in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 say it funny. I constantly find myself repeating "buuuutter" in a really deep voice for no reason.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

When it comes to punctuation, I suppose I really enjoy apostrophes. They can signify so many different things! They're usually associated with possession or ownership... and I like to own things.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

My favorite parts of the writing proces are the begining and end. I love creating outlines for papers, and brainstorming general ideas of what to write about. A good begining al ways makes it easier to write. At the end, I love, love, love to edit and find small things to fix, plus the accomplishment that comes from feeling finished!

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

Sometimes, I find the initial reasearch for papers is difficult for me. That comes especially early in the writing process, and once I have solid evidence I am usually pretty good and finding connections and putting it all together.




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Lindsey Taylor

Class of 2017; Biology Major. 

What's one of your favorite words?

Petrichor: pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather
 
Your favorite punctuation mark? 
 
My favorite punctuation mark is an exclamation point! In general, I'm a very enthusiastic person (and I also like surprises).
 
Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?
 
My favorite part of the writing process is editing and revising. I love rearranging words and sentences and reworking paragraphs to create a stronger idea and a more cohesive argument.
 
What's the hardest part of the writing process for you?
For me, the hardest part of the writing process is sitting down and putting those first couple of words on the page. It's easy to forget that no writer has a perfect draft the first time around. In order to start your paper, you need to give yourself the freedom to write freely and know that you will come back to edit and improve it later.
 

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Jenna Hooper

Class of 2017; Russian and English major

What's one of your favorite words?

Wumbo

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The period. 

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

My favorite part of the writing process is probably the very beginning of it, where the brainstorming and general ideas happen.

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

My least favorite part would probably be the finish because I feel like my essays are never done, no matter how much editing it has suffered.


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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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Katie Tahtinen

Class of 2018; Biology major

What is one of your favorite words?

One of my favorite words is chartreuse, which is a yellow green color, who knew!

Your favorite punctuation mark? 
My favorite punctuation mark is an exclamation point!

What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most? 
The part of the writing process which I enjoy the most is when I have all my ideas put together and I can work on organizing them into a  compelling piece.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you? 
The hardest part of writing for me is knowing when to stop! My first drafts are often double the length of the final paper so a big part of my editing process consists of cutting out portions to create a much more concise final draft!

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Lydia Hayes

Class of 2019; Elementary Ed major

What's one of your favorite words?

Groovy, because it's groovy (ha ha!)

Your favorite punctuation mark?

 A comma, because it's like a breath without an ending. 

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I enjoy brainstorming the most!

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

Wrapping all my crazy ideas together in one piece.