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Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring is the easiest and most immediate way to get help with your writing — just drop by during the hours listed below, no appointment necessary.  We’re available to talk with you about everything from details about grammar, style, or citation to the broadest thinking about what you’re trying to say.  Feel free to bring a draft for us to look over, but don’t feel obliged — if you’re spinning your wheels trying to get something on the page, come by empty-handed just to brainstorm a bit. 


Sun.-Thurs., 3-10 pm.

** NOTE:  The final day of peer tutoring for Spring, 2019 will be Thursday, May 2.**


Writing Center Consultation Office (227B Watzek Library). 

Peer Tutors

Our tutoring staff consists of upperclass students selected from among Lewis & Clark’s most talented and dedicated enthusiasts for the written word.  These are all students with a passion for writing and for ideas, and a special talent for thinking about how writing functions (and why it sometimes doesn’t).  They have all completed an intensive training program to help them prepare to work with you.  Here’s who they are:

Tian-Ai Aldridge ’19


Rachel Aragaki ’19


Majors: Environmental Studies, Music

Favorite authors: Mark Salzman, Brian Jacques, Isaac Asimov, Jodi Picoult

Best advice about writing:

Read everything fully: the literature, the prompt, and especially your own writing. Make sure you fully understand what is being asked and what it is that you are communicating.






Carmel Companiott ’19


Major: English

Favorite authors: Kurt Vonnegut, Milan Kundera, Toni Morrison, Tom Robbins, Leo Tolstoy

Best advice about writing: 

Start the process early. This is sometimes the hardest thing to do, but the longer you spend contemplating your topic, the easier it becomes to articulate your ideas. Starting early doesn’t mean writing an entire essay a month before it’s due. Starting early means brainstorming ideas while you walk to class, jotting down notes, talking about your ideas with your peers, and allowing yourself to produce mediocre work that can later be shaped into powerful writing.


 Arista Engineer ’19


Eliza Frakes ’19

Major:  English

Favorite Authors: Toni Morrison, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Franz Kafka, T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop

Best advice about writing:

Be kind and patient with yourself as a writer. It takes time and practice to create clear, specific, and engaging prose, and even the best writers don’t always nail it on the first draft. Make an outline, follow a plan, and then fail entirely. Try a new tactic. Make a new plan, and fail in a new way. Learn something. As much as possible, try not to think about the grade. Above all, trust the process, trust your voice, and stay curious.



Ray Freedman ’19


Major:  English

Favorite authors:  William Carlos Williams, Thomas Pynchon, Leslie Marmon Silko, James Dickey

Best advice about writing:  Writing is thinking. If you find some emotion behind your writing or topic, you’ll have natural thoughts show themselves. For me, writing got easier when I started following those natural thoughts instead of analyzing them. Sometimes it takes five sentences you hate to get to one you love. Embrace your natural tendencies. 



Sophia Gauthier ’21 

Simran Handa ’19


Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Favorite authors:  J.K. Rowling, Sherman Alexie, Khaled Hosseini, Isabel Allende, Sandra Cisneros

Best advice about writing:  

Plan out your paper before you sit down to write it. Write a thorough outline, but leave room for change because the process of writing should give rise to new ideas and better understanding!



Arunima Jamwal ’21

Jordan McLuckie ’20

Katie Mitcheltree ’19

Ariel Moyal ’19

Major:  Environmental Studies

Minor:  Political Economy

Favorite authors: Haruki Murakami, Ray Bradbury, Mary Oliver, Junot Diaz

Best advice about writing:  

Writing became infinitely easier to me when I began to think about it as thought-process instead of an end-product. Writing is simply the way we communicate our thoughts to the rest of the world. I like to approach it as an opportunity to put my ideas on paper and it suddenly becomes less daunting. 


Samantha Mueller ’21

Maura Phillips ’20

Samantha Pratt ’20

 Major:  Rhetoric and Media Studies 

Favorite authors: Lynn Flewelling, Leigh Bardugo, Neal Shusterman, and J.R.R. Tolkien

Best advice about writing: 

Talk it over. Talk to your friends about it. Talk to your professor about it. Call your mom (you should do this anyway) and discuss what you’re writing with her. Tell your cat about it, or even your plant. The more you talk about your writing, the more you’ll understand what it is you’re writing about and what about it really matters to you. I’ve found that my friends are often able to provide me with new insights, and sometimes while explaining my ideas, I come to new epiphanies and connections on my own.







Sage Roebuck ’19

Major:  English

Favorite authors:  Christopher Moore, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tom Robbins, Toni Morrison, Dave Eggers

Best advice about writing:  I think what helps my writing the most is time— giving myself time with the work I’m writing about to fully understand it, and then time away from it to allow my thoughts to form naturally, rather than under the pressure of a deadline. My best ideas always pop up randomly when I’m thinking about something else. Taking those ideas and bringing them together into a cohesive piece also takes time, so make it easier and give it to yourself!


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Majors:  English and Theatre

Favorite authors: Jane Austen, Victoria Schwab, J.K. Rowling, Sarah J. Maas, Shakespeare

Best advice about writing:  Don’t ever try to sound like a textbook or overwhelm your work with fancy words. You always sound far more intelligent when it comes from a realistic voice. 









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