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Peer Tutoring

er 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. 

Hours

Sun.-Thurs., 4-10 pm.

NOTE:  The last day of peer tutoring for the fall semester will be Tuesday, December 12. 

 

Location 

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:

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Molly Brown ’19 

Major:  Sociology/Anthropology

Favorite Authors: Haruki Murakami, Jeffrey Eugenides, Margaret Atwood, Zora Neale Hurston, Tom Spanbauer

Best advice about writing: 

Write what you mean, keep it specific, and be concise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

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!

  

 


 

Peter Kranitz ’18

 

Major: English

Favorite authors: Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Ken Kesey, Franz Kafka, Neil Gaiman

Best advice about writing:

The hardest part of writing is actually writing. Start putting words on the paper and it’ll come much more easily. You can edit later. Just get your ideas down first and worry about making it good after that.

 

 


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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia Reid ’19

Majors: Environmental Studies and Sociology/Anthropology

Favorite authors: Maya Angelou, Ernest Hemingway,Robinson Jeffers, Gabriel García Marquez, Tom Robbins, Virginia Woolf

Best advice about writing:  

Do not stress endlessly over making a word perfect in its place, especially at the beginning. When faced with a prompt, grab a pen and see where it takes you. Go with it. Gift yourself enough time to ponder, to write, and to rewrite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max Schardein ’18

 

Major:  English

Favorite authors:  Herman Melville, Thomas Pynchon, Virginia Woolf, Rainer Maria Rilke, William Faulkner, Charles Bukowski

Best advice about writing: Write naturally, and let your style come out of your writing. Don’t try to write with style or with flair. Let your ideas speak for themselves, and trust that the way you think of them will sound right. I would not necessarily say write drunk and edit sober. But the sentiment can sort of apply: write without inhibition. 

 

 

 

 

Jonah Svihus ’18

Major:  English

Favorite authors: John Steinbeck, Willy Vlautin, Susan Howe, Anthony Bourdain

Best advice about writing: Succesful writing doesn’t happen overnight. If it does, we should talk some time! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angelica True ’18

 

Major:  English

Favorite authors: Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Ian McEwan, Marilynne Robinson, Virginia Woolf, and Toni Morrison 

Best advice about writing: Although I often struggle to follow my own advice, the best advice I can give about writing is to practice perseverance. Even if you believe that something you are writing is coming out poorly, don’t give up on it. Sometimes the story or essay that was the most difficult for us to pull together in the beginning becomes our magnum opus in the end. Often we are tempted to give up when we write about concepts that challenge us, yet, those are the very concepts that we should be writing about. 

 

Jack Wang ’18

Major:  English

Favorite authors:  Herman Melville, Ralph Ellison, Michel de Montaigne, Kurt Vonnegut, Don DeLillo

Best advice about writing: Say what you mean, mean what you say!  (Also, start early.)

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