Writing Consultants
  • Our writing consultants are ready and eager to serve you! Trained as generalists, they enjoy working in all disciplines.
    We suggest finding a consultant you work best with and requesting that person specifically. If you can establish a relationship with your consultant, he or she will get to know your writing style and needs so that you may gain more from each visit.

    Stop by or call to make an appointment today!

    2014-2015 Consultants

    Amanda Chavez

    Sophomore, International Studies/Spanish

    Hola! I'm Amanda Chavez, native of Santa Clara, CA. I am pursuing a double major in International Studies and Spanish with a minor in Creative Writing. I enjoy writing poetry and prose and believe wholeheartedly that storytelling fosters a compassionate connection unlike any other. I love watching documentaries, meditating, and performing, whether it's spoken word poetry or singing in Seattle U's all lady a cappella group Duly Noted. I look forward to my first year working in the Writing Center and strive to help work with my peers to communicate ideas effectively!


    Kasey Deems

    Sophomore, Creative Writing/History

    Hi everybody! I'm a sophomore Creative Writing and History major from Woodinville, WA, hoping to go into the sci-fi and fantasy publishing industry when I enter the real world. I write a lot, mostly within those two genres, and spend most of my money on books, especially when Neil Gaiman or Robin McKinley have new books out! I'm an avid fan of both Seattle Sounder FC and Liverpool FC, I listen to an extremely eclectic array of music, and I speak German almost fluently. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and helping you out at the WC!

    Emma DeFontes

    Senior, History


    Hey all. My name is Emma, and I'm a second year consultant and History major with minors in Japanese and Philosophy. I hail from Tualatin, Oregon, and after living in Seattle for three years have decided that I"m never going to leave the lovely Pacific Northwest because I cannot live in a place that's not green both literally and figuratively (cities that don't have municipal recycling programs make me anxious; yes, I am one of those people). In my free time, I mainly daydream, but I do enjoy reading sci-fi/fantasy and nonfiction. Occasionally, I summon the will to write some fiction of my own (so if you've got some creative writing you want to work on, please, don't be shy!). I also love to scope out restaurants on Capitol Hill with my friends. I'm happy to be returning to the Writing Center for a second year and look forward to working with you all!


    Sierra Fitch

    Senior, Humanities for Teaching


    Hi, I'm Sierra and this is my third year as a consultant, and second year as a Writing Center Webmaster. I've always thought that title made me sound like a wizard, but I actually just manage WC web content and our Facebook page (to "like" us, click here!). I'm majoring in Humanities for Teaching with a K-8 endorsement, and I just completed a study abroad program for my French minor (if you're wondering why you haven't seen me since January, I was in Paris eating baguettes and agonizing over French pronouns and articles).

    When I'm not working at the WC or contemplating what my post-grad life will be like, you can usually find me singing in the choir room, behind the counter at SUpercopy, making playlists in the KSUB studio where I have a weekly show, hanging out with Campus Ministry on retreats, searching for the perfect sweater at Value Village, eating a croque monsieur at Cafe Presse, or hanging out with my six housemates. I'm looking forward to a great final year with the Writing Center and I'm excited to work with all of you!

    Elise Helm

    Sophomore, Digital Design


    Hello! I'm Elise Helm, a second-year student from the glamorous suburb of Redmond, WA. I haven't declared yet, but I'm most likely going to be a Digital Design major. This is my first year as a Writing Center consultant. I hope to support communication and clarity through many approaches to writing. When I'm not working, you can expect me to be watching reality shows, exploring the coffee scene, singing in Chorale, questioning my commitment to an art career, and buying Nutella in bulk.I look forward to working together and pushing horizons in writing!

    By the way, don't be deceived by the straightforward spelling of my name. It's really pronounced AY-leez – stress on the first syllable, ends with a Z sound. It's basically like saying Hailey + z, but without the H. Don't worry, we'll work on it.

    Theda Hovind

    Sophomore, Humanities for Teaching & English


    Hi! My name is Theda Hovind and I am a sophomore in Matteo Ricci College. I am a Humanities for Teaching major and I hope to use my degree to help children either in a classroom setting or more broadly, such as social services or in education policy. In my free time, I enjoy a plethora of activities, mostly encompassed in friends and my church community. I spend a lot of my time with the Well (and related groups) and also exploring new places, like Pratt Park on Yesler or the Seattle Art Museum with friends. I also love to read, especially murder mysteries. Agatha Christie is a definite "always" choice for me. I also love to go on walks and work with children. I am excited to be working in the Writing Center, helping you and learning myself!

    Kimberly Ito

    Junior, Nursing


    Hi everyone! I am a sophomore nursing major from Bellevue, Washington. In my free time, I enjoy reading, yoga, and being with friends. I also love watching reality TV. This is my first year as a Writing Center consultant and I am very excited to meet new people and to work with other SU students!

    Scott Lindquist

    Senior, English Literature

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    I'm originally from San Diego, California, but I now call Capitol Hill my home. As an English major, I am incredibly excited to work at the Writing Center. I see the opportunity to help others improve their writing as a chance to improve my own writing skills. In addition to my major, I am casually pursuing a minor in Studio Art. Writing and art are interests of mine because I think that they are two primary mediums for establishing a sense of self. While studying both English and Studio Art, I hope to discover more of who I am, and how my writing style and aesthetic help to define me as an individual. In addition, I hope to establish connections with those I work with by examining how their respective writing styles reflect who they are. I believe that there is room in college writing to convey a sense of individuality, and it is a goal of mine to bring that out in my work and the work of my future clients.

    Alex Mullen

    Junior, English/Creative Writing & Film Studies


    Hello there, my name is Alex (statistically you ought to know something like 1.5-3 Alex's, so the name shouldn't be a problem) and I am a first year writing consultant. Coming from a military family I can't really say where I'm from, but I've lived long enough in Washington to call it my home. Currently, (and hopefully future…ly) I am studying Film and Creative Writing here at sunny SU, and thoroughly enjoying both (the studies, not the sun—that part was a joke).

    Unsurprisingly, I love watching films (and the odd TV show… ok, ok a lot of TV shows), listening to audio books, enjoying good food, having good conversation with friends, and using way too many parentheses in personal documents (some of these at the same time, others… less so). In all seriousness though, I am really beginning to love the Writing Center, and I hope you have as much fun there as I do.

    Matt Pritchard

    Junior, English/Creative Writing


    Matt Pritchard is studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Matt is an avid cyclist, Salvador Dalí fan, and former diver. He also loves to read and write poetry. He is particularly fond of sonnets. Matt is excited to work for the Writing Center in order to help students develop their writing skills and gain confidence in using language.

    Megan Rogers

    Junior, Liberal Studies

    Megan Rogers

    I am a junior Liberal Studies major with minors in Biology and Chemistry, which include classes that factor into the prerequisite coursework for medical school. I am primarily interested in medicine, but I also have aspirations of working in international public health.

    I am new to the writing center, so I am excited to have the opportunity to work with new people and experience writing in a different way.

    Outside of school, I love to travel, play music, and read. I am also eternally devoted to my cat, who is perfect, but, sadly, he lives in Portland with my parents.

    Raveena Sajjan

    Junior, English & Women and Gender Studies


    Hey! I'm Raveena Sajjan, a junior at Seattle U from Bellingham, WA. I am an English and Women and Gender studies double major. I was born in California, grew up in England, and finished my last two years of high school in Bellingham, WA until moving to Seattle. This is my third year both at Seattle U and as a member of the WC Staff. I worked as a receptionist for the first two years and I'm very excited for my first year of consulting.I can't wait to help all the new and returning students make use of the Writing Center services while also using this opportunity to grow as a writer myself.

    Alex Thomas

    Sophomore, History & Theology


    Hi! My name is Alex Thomas and I'm a History major hoping to eventually pursue a career in United Methodist Christian Ministry. I'm originally from a suburb located in between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. When people ask me why I decided to go to a college across the country, I explain to them just how much I absolutely love the city of Seattle and SU. When I'm not at the Writing Center or in class, I may be at some Campus Ministry event (particularly The Well), doing community service with JustServe, goofing off with my friends, or exploring the city- especially all of the spectacular restaurants and coffee shops around Capitol Hill. I'm really excited to be working at the Writing Center as a first time consultant this year!

    Madeline Williams

    Junior, English/Creative Writing & History


    I'm Madeline Williams, a sophomore at Seattle U. from Southern California, L.A. County. I'm currently a Creative Writing major, and I plan to minor in either History or Medieval Studies (although I may decide to go for a double major in History and English). While I love reading and writing above all else, I also enjoy running, occasionally playing the violin, old movies, window shopping, and brunch. I collect perfume and hedgehog figurines. I'm happy to be working at the Writing Center, and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!

    Jamie Wipf

    Sophomore, English Literature & Theology


    Hello! I'm Jamie Wipf and I am a sophomore English Lit major from Pasadena, Southern California. Sometimes people ask me if I miss sunny California during Seattle's dark winters, but honestly, I don't--I moved here for the clouds, and I LOVE Seattle's rain. When I'm not working, I enjoy making music, hanging with friends, and reading long books.I'm hoping that working at the Writing Center will make me both a better writer and a better reader.

    About Writing Consultants

    To prepare for employment, new writing consultants take a five-credit course: English 390: Tutoring Writing: Theory and Practice. As its name suggests, the course involves training in both writing center theory and practice. Central to the course, each consultant writes a narrative exploring his or her growth as a writer and conducts a major research project to investigate an aspect of learning, writing, or writing center work.

    Frequently consultants present their writing center research at regional or national confernces. As members of a lively learning community, consultants continue to develop through their time working in the Writing Center, regularly taking part in staff meetings and workshops.


  • Hours and Location

    Summer Hours
    July 1 – August 15
    Monday - Thursday
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Fall, Winter, & Spring Hours
    Monday - Thursday
    9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Lemieux Library, Second Floor

    Phone Number
    (206) 296-6239