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Master in Environmental Management (MEM)

Graduate Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop Tutors

Writing Workshop tutors offer assistance at any point in the writing process: brainstorming, outlining, polishing a final draft, or preparing a piece to submit for publication. Students can reach the tutors by email or find them during their office hours. Each tutoring session aims to improve key aspects of a piece, not always to polish it to perfection. Tutors can also help graduate students meet the writing goals set by their faculty mentors.

Studies show that integrating consistent feedback through revision is one of the best ways to improve writing in the long term.

Appointments

To make an appointment, in person or via Zoom, email the group at tutors@western.edu or contact any individual you especially want to work with: Andrew Wayrynen, Jack Betz, Corinne Ryan, Khristina Rhead, Mackenzie Sains and/or Rebecca Briesmoore

Meet the Graduate Writing Workshop Tutors

Andrew Wayrynen

Andrew Wayrynen

Andrew Wayrynen is a first year MEM student in the Global Sustainability track. With a dual undergraduate degree, Andrew writes with the pens of both an English major and a geologist. He is constantly working to enhance his writing ability and those of others by embracing creative writing styles and techniques. He has most enjoyed his exploration of Tlingit oral narratives as they find their form on paper and, in turn, relate to tree-ring reconstructions of past landscapes. Andrew has worked as an editor and copyeditor for a global education foundation and has created many newsletters, blog posts, and social media campaigns at the non-profit level.

Jack Betz

Jack Betz

Jack Betz is a first-year student in the M.S. in Ecology program. He received his B.A. in Literature and B.S. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as an editor for a literary journal and a poetry journal, as a science writer for the university newspaper, and as a technician for a plant genetics laboratory. Since graduating he has led ecological field crews collecting terrestrial soil and vegetation data on public lands across California, Nevada, and Colorado.

His breadth of ability covers both technical and creative writing as well as the space in between. He is eager to assist at any stage of the writing process with any variety of projects ranging from the brief and concise (letters of introduction, statements of purpose, resumes, CVs, significant emails), to the more involved and elaborate (research papers, literary essays, creative nonfiction). He looks forward to strengthening the writing of his peers—and his own in the process—and invites anyone who’s interested to reach out.

Corinne Ryan

Corinne Ryan

Corinne Ryan is a second-year M.S. Ecology student. She received her undergraduate degree in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University. She has designed and conducted several wildlife research projects, including her thesis on wolf-dog puzzle-solving behavior and her work studying the rehabilitation of subadult howler monkeys. Her professional writing experience spans a wide variety of styles and topics, from scientific paper development to writing blog posts to creating adoption profiles for rescue dogs. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with other students while strengthening her own writing and communication skills.

Khristina Rhead

Khristina Rhead

Khristina is a second-year student in the Outdoor Industry MBA program. Previously, she received her B.A in Cultural Anthropology. Khristina has always loved writing, and recently she’s started seeking out opportunities to showcase her writing in a professional setting. She has written articles for a Los Angeles-based news site, blog posts for an outdoor used gear site and website copy for a local political candidate in her area. She can help students with creative writing, research papers and copywriting. She looks forward to helping students express themselves through writing.

Mackenzie Sains

Mackenzie Sains

Mackenzie Sains is a first-year MEM student in the Sustainable and Resilient Communities track. She received her B.A. in Communication Arts from Gordon College where she focused her studies on interpersonal relations and creative writing. While creative non-fiction is Mackenzie’s favorite form of writing, she is equipped to help her peers with all forms of academic writing assignments.

She is a great editor for formal and informal writing– specializing in grammar, voice, presentations, and public speaking.

Rebecca Briesmoore

Rebecca Briesmoore

Rebecca Briesmoore is a second year MEM student in the Global Sustainability track with a focus on water. A teacher at heart, she enjoys using her life-long passion for writing to help others develop their writing skills. After graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Rebecca worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Rock Island, Illinois. Through her work, she gained technical writing experience and produced report templates for the national Dam Safety Program. Following her interests in teaching and international cultural exchange, Rebecca joined the Peace Corps and served as an Environmental Education volunteer in Panama, where she developed environmental lesson plans and a community trash management initiative. Rebecca also has experience navigating USAJobs and writing resumes and cover letters.

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