Sean McCann
 Director of Academic Writing 


Lauren Silber                                   Elizabeth Hepford
 Assistant Director                           Assistant Professor
 of Academic Writing                       of the Practice in TESOL


lsilber@wesleyan.edu                         ehepford@wesleyan.edu 


Dache Rogers
 Ford Writing Fellow



  • Anna Apostolidis

    Anna Apostolidis

    I'm a senior, and I'm an Anthropology and German Studies double major, pursuing a certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. Academic writing, for me, is a beautifully creative endeavor, combining tradition with innovation and craft with style, and I like to think that writing can also be a force for good in the world. When I'm not writing incredibly liberal artsy words like "performativity" and "precariat," you might see me playing the accordion around campus or acting in a play.
  • Will Barr

    Will Barr

    I'm currently a BA/MA student in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry. In the past, I edited for Wesleyan's relevantly irreverent student life blog Wesleying. These days, I am an academic writing tutor for Wesleyan's McNair Program. My writing style ranges from the scientifically mundane to the sardonically inane. When I'm not writing, I enjoy hiking Connecticut's mini-mountains.

  • Chiara Bercu

    Chiara Bercu

    I'm a senior Sociologymajor with the Writing and Social, Cultural, Critical Theory certificates. I'm pretty good with Spanish, but I might be a little bit rusty. In general I'm a big fan of Sampa the Great, caffeine, and getting it done early.
  • Sanya Bery

    Sanya Bery

    I'm a sophomore who is double majoring in Government and Environmental Studies along with pursuing the writing certificate. My favorite type of writing is creative fiction and my favorite writer in the whole world is Milan Kundera. The best snack (to get you writing or just in general) are gummy worms and iced coffee, and I enjoy them often. When I'm not with the writing center you can find me on Foss or at the radio station!

  • Benjamin Bushnell

    Benjamin Bushnell

    I'm a Sophomore double major in American Studies and Computer Science. I play Ultimate Frisbee for Nietzsch Factor and sing in the a capella group Notably Sharp. Frank Ocean is by far my favorite artist, but I don't think anyone can love him more than Raf. I love watching basketball but I'm terrible at playing it. Go Celtics. All of my favorite assignments at Wesleyan have been papers because I feel like I learn so much more when writing than when reading.
  • Kaiyana Cervera

    Kaiyana Cervera

    I am a senior African American Studies and American Studies double major. My intellectual interests lie in Ethnic studies and Caribbean Studies, with a particular focus on Afro-Latinidad and blackness as diasporic and transnational sites of inquiry. My writing process is non-linear and ever evolving; I love learning with and from other writers and sharing the practices that have worked for me. My hobbies include reading and writing poetry, listening to music and dancing. 
  • Bryan Chong

    Bryan Chong

    I’m a sophomore from Hong Kong (so I speak fluent Cantonese and rusty Mandarin in addition to English, et un peu Francais!) with plans to major in Government and Psychology. I’m on Wesleyan’s golf team and am a Writing Mentor. My favourite author is Kazuo Ishiguro, and my specialty is writing briefly – as Shakespeare puts it, “brevity is the soul of wit!”

  • Anabelle Doliner

    Anabelle Doliner

    I’m a junior majoring in English and American Studies, with a concentration in American Literature. I love to read and write, and I’m especially interested in merging academic and personal worlds through writing and memoir. I’m also a part of the Wesleyan Doula Project and our campus’ local food co-op! 
  • Niki Elahi

    Niki Elahi

    I'm a senior double majoring in Neuroscience and French Studies. I speak 4 languages fluently: Farsi, English, French, and Italian. Outside of Wesleyan, I am a part of a Kurdish music and dance company based in New York City called the J-Hoon Musical Ensemble and have been performing since the age of 5. In my spare time, I love to workout, travel (to Europe!) and spend time with family.
  • Kazumi Fish

    Kazumi Fish

    I’m a senior English major pursuing the Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory certificate. I’ve taken several creative writing courses over the past three years, and love working with people's creative pieces–particularly nonfiction. When I’m not in the writing workshop, I also work at the career center (so come to me for help with your cover letters, too!) and am a staff member for the Ankh, Wesleyan’s student of color publication.

  • Anna Fox

    Anna Fox

    I’m a senior in the College of Social Studies and I’m also pursuing the Middle Eastern Studies certificate. I’m happy to look at academic writing in English and Arabic. I’m a heritage Hebrew speaker, but my grammar is atrocious so I can’t yet be of help on that front. I can usually be found drinking absurd amounts of seltzer in the Olin stacks or playing the banjo (poorly; not in the stacks).
  • Eitana Friedman-Nathan

    Eitana Friedman-Nathan

    I’m a junior double majoring in English (with a concentration in theory and literary forms) and Philosophy. I transferred to Wesleyan in the fall of 2017, and have gotten involved in other writing opportunities on campus such as the Argus, and am also involved in Interfaith work, and the Collective Motion dance group. While my writing style is mostly academic I have been exploring creative writing much more since beginning at Wes, and am really loving that experience! I love the collaborative process of speaking to tutees about ideas and writing styles.
  • Naomi Glasock

    Naomi Glasock

    I am a junior English major and am pursuing a certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory, but I also love to take classes in the music department. To me, writing is an opportunity to express your thoughts and ideas and still have the chance to revise and clarify them before they reach the world. Outside of class, I love to sing with my a cappella group, the Mixolydians, and watch “Grace and Frankie” on Netflix!

  • Rafael Goldstein

    Rafael Goldstein

    I am a sophomore prospective double major in computer science and history. I enjoy sports, music, Frank Ocean, and uhhh more Frank Ocean. I play frisbee here but that’s not really a sport. I also speak Spanish and can certainly edit papers in Spanish. I like to write about anything, but I especially love to write creative fiction. My favorite thing I’ve ever written is called “Freshman Boy” and it’s on the Wesleyan’s Artifex website, you should check it out #shamelessplug .

  • Zoey Gringlas

    Zoey Gringlas

    I am a Junior English and Hispanic Lit major, concentrating in creative writing. I am comfortable helping with works in both English and Spanish. One piece of writing advice I've found helpful is never to be too attached to what you've written; don't be afraid to edit, scrap, rewrite! 
  • Sophie Hayssen

    Sophie Hayssen

    I'm a senior English and American Studies major. In addition to my majors, I'm comfortable working in subjects like Film, Religion, lower-level Sociology, and Government. My strengths as a tutor include outlining and tightening language. 
  • Nell Highleyman

    Nell Highleyman

    I am a senior English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. I speak a small amount of French, but am otherwise English bound. I'm on the crew team and love thinking about writing.
  • Jazz Jason

    Jazz Jason

    I'm a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in History and Education. I'm originally from Mountain View, Arkansas, and I love to read and to write in my off-time. Whenever I'm not busy with work, you can probably catch me curled up on a couch somewhere with some coffee and a good story (especially on rainy days). My number one tip for writing: give yourself breaks. Edit your papers later with fresh eyes. The best way to get a sharp paper is to give yourself enough time to space out productive sessions for writing, editing, and polishing your work.

  • Arham Aftab Kazi

    Arham Aftab Kazi

  • Mickey Kieu

    Mickey Kieu

    I’m a senior oversubscribed in the English department and dance too much for my own good. That also means that I’ve written papers, been disappointed, been regretful, been happy, been gleeful, and that I both understand the (sometimes incredible) pain and find (and this is the more important part—I think) an incredible sense of fulfilment in writing both academic and creative papers. (More so the latter, but that stays between you and me. Shh.) Anyway, I’d die for any piece of writing with a great voice (yay, Proust), but one advice I always give people is also that voices need to be restrained and doled out in good (appropriate) measure. Oh, and I also speak Vietnamese and Australian (I kid, but not really).
  • Charlotte Klein

    Charlotte Klein

    I’m a senior English major with a concentration in Theory and Forms. I love creative nonfiction writing and have pursued this passion through several intensive writing courses at Wesleyan. In addition to my major, I’m comfortable and excited to work in subjects like Film, Sociology, lower-level Psychology, Art History, American Studies, and COL. My strengths as atutor include working on sentence clarity and grammar, outlining, and editing a draft. Come hang out with me.
  • Julia Levine

    Julia Levine

    I am a junior majoring in Film and English with a concentration in Theory and Literary Forms. I’m also a Shapiro Writing Center fellow, a member of the Film Board, and sometimes a writer for Intercut. When I’m not helping others with papers or writing my own, you can find me reading, napping, working on student film sets, or spending exorbitant amounts of time in the omelette line at Usdan.

  • Samuel McCarthy

    Samuel McCarthy

    I'm a junior double majoring in History and French Studies and pursuing the Writing Certificate. My particular areas of interest in history are the 20th century and the Middle East. Outside of reading and writing, I spend most of my time making and listening to music.
  • Fiona McLeod

    Fiona McLeod

    I’m a senior American Studies major––concentrating in Indigenous Studies––and I am also completing the Writing Certificate. I am comfortable reading pieces in Spanish as well as English. I especially love creative nonfiction, and I always try to work technical elements of that type of writing into my academic papers.

  • Rachel Pomeranz

    Rachel Pomeranz

    I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Data Analysis. My main focus is APA style writing. I can often be found dancing, spending time outside, or trying to knit (but often not succeeding).
  • Shivanuja Ramkumar

    Shivanuja Ramkumar

    I'm a prospective Music major with a certificate in South Asian Studies, but as I am a fickle freshman, that might change. When it comes to writing, I'm a very simple person; I love clear, succinctly expressed ideas. I'm from Singapore, and like all self-respecting Singaporeans, I speak decent Singlish and love to eat good food.
  • Charlotte Rich

    Charlotte Rich

    I’m a junior from New York City and a prospective History major. When I’m not working in the Writing Workshop, I’m involved in various dance groups and shows on campus. I’m comfortable working with papers in Spanish, though you wouldn’t know it from my speaking! My number one piece of writing advice is just to start — get your ideas down on the page and the rest will begin to take shape.
  • Liv Ryan

    Liv Ryan

    I’m a senior English major and am also currently completing the writing certificate. I am concentrating in British literature so if you ever want to geek out over nineteenth-century novels about the English landed gentry, I’m your gal. A trick that I always use when I’m writing an essay is to ask myself “so what?” each time I add something to my paper. Asking this question again and again allows me to make sure that whatever I add is both in line with my thesis statement and contributes to the richness of my argument. When I’m not writing or reading you can find me performing with my improv group, "New Teen Force" or spending all my points on chex mix at Weshop.

  • Anastasia Saar

    Anastasia Saar

    I’m a junior majoring in chemistry. I spend a lot of time in the basement of Hall-Atwater, but when I’m not there, you can find me watching one of Gordon Ramsey’s cooking shows. I’m passionate about good coffee, David Sedaris, and the Oxford comma. 
  • Sarah Sanders-Messmann

    Sarah Sanders-Messmann

    I'm a senior African American Studies Major with a concentration in literature and personal narrative. I am fluent in German. One of my favorite authors is Zadie Smith, and my favorite book is If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. 
  • Alexis Sher

    Alexis Sher

    I'm a sophomore originally from Swampscott, Massachusetts, but have lived all over New England, and currently reside in Connecticut. At Wesleyan, I'm a Government and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures double-major.  After living in Spain during high school, I became fluent in Spanish, so I can tutor in both English and Spanish.  Aside from the Writing Workshop, I head Wesleyan's Arcadia Political Review and am a clinic escort at the Hartford GYN Center. I love skiing, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, chocolate, and want to help you develop your writing skills, so come hang out with me!

  • Olivia Siegal

    Olivia Siegal

    I am a sophomore prospective Psychology and Film double major, and I have studied Spanish, Hebrew, and am currently learning Russian. My favorite piece of advice I have ever received on writing is that I should find and develop the story in every one of my pieces, whether it be fiction, poetry, or an academic essay.

  • Anushka Singh

    Anushka Singh

    I am a Junior majoring in Government with a minor in Economics. I love writing and also reading other people's work. I speak Spanish and spent my last semester in Havana. My favorite artists are Brent Faiyaz, Dounia and Jamila Woods. 
  • Isabel Steckel

    Isabel Steckel

    I am a senior majoring in the College of Letters and Italian Studies (so I'm happy to work with you on papers in Italian as well!). I love to cook, travel, and be outside! Turns out I am dangerously good at writing complicated sentences. I find it helpful to read my work aloud to see which words and phrases can be removed before I submit it.
  • Melissa Thornton

    Melissa Thornton

    I am a junior majoring in the College of Letters and minoring in French Studies. I love books, clouds, cooking, and redwood trees. When it comes to writing, I'm all about organization and coming up with crafty ways to make the points all tie together, and reverse-outlining is my most tried and true tip for making a good paper even better. 
  • Oriana Ullman

    Oriana Ullman

    I’m a sophomore English major from New York. I’m also a heritage Italian speaker and am happy to work with students taking Italian classes. I do a lot of text-based analysis in my papers, and I've found that writing down passages by hand can be really helpful for close reading and outlining. I'm an Aquarius!

  • Henry Vehslage

    Henry Vehslage

    I am a junior majoring in english with a certificate in social, cultural, & critical theory. I like reading fiction and writing non-fiction. I also enjoy music, movies, television, etc.

  • Anya Weinstock

    Anya Weinstock

    I am a senior majoring in the College of East Asian Studies with a concentration in Political Economy. This semester I am a writing mentor for the CEAS Proseminar. The best piece of advice that I’ve received about writing is that I should always be able to explain the central ideas of my paper out loud.
  • Julia White

    Julia White

    I am a Junior English and Science in Society major, so I am happy to help out with any subject, whether you need to talk through vague ideas or look over a final draft for errors. If you're panicking and pressed for time, I've been there, and I am here to help you pull it off! As soon as the temperature breaks 50, you can find me reading or writing on the Olin steps, or the balcony outside Allbritton 311 (though if I don't have homework to do, I might be biking around or working at Long Lane).
  • Jaime Wiesner

    Jaime Wiesner

    I'm a senior double majoring in Studio Art and American Studies and currently completing the Creative Writing Certificate.  I was formerly a Classics major, so I'm still reasonably familiar with Latin and Ancient Greek.  In both my visual art and writing, I'm really interested in environment building and using space/setting to propel themes.

  • Neeky Yassari

    I'm a Freshman and prospective Neuroscience major and Art History minor. I speak Chinese, German Farsi and English, and I hope the list grows because I love learning languages. The one writing tip I always give and try to implement for my own writing is to start early and plan ahead!
  • Cynthia Zhang

    Cynthia Zhang

    I'm a sophomore majoring in the College of Social Studies with (maybe) a double major in Economics and a minor in East Asian Studies. I was born and raised in Shenzhen, China before I came to Wesleyan, so I'm happy to help with writing in Chinese as well! I have experience writing about a range of Social Sciences as well as lower-level Philosophy and American Studies. The best piece of writing advice I've received (shoutout to my freshman year writing mentor Sophie) is to always outline before you actually start writing, and remember to refer back to the thesis statement while you write. When I'm not stressing over my weekly tutorial papers, I enjoy reading a random book, cooking, and binge drinking bubble milk tea.

  • Samantha Zuniga-Levy

    Samantha Zuniga-Levy

    I am a senior English and Environmental Studies major who loves reading and writing about fiction. I can also help with Spanish papers although I probably won't be able to catch all grammar mistakes. Fun fact: I've never eaten at McDonald's.