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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: Samuel Archibald, Dylan McKenna, Corinne Ryan, Khristina Rhead, Ashley Peterson and/or Rebecca Briesmoore

Meet the Graduate Writing Workshop Tutors

Samuel Archibald

Samuel Archibald

Samuel Archibald is a second year MEM student in the Integrative and Public Lands Management track. After completing his B.A. in history from Grove City College (Grove City, PA), Samuel served with the U.S. Peace Corps, working with an Ecuadorian nonprofit organization to develop extracurricular youth programs designed to promote life skills. He continues to focus on youth empowerment and outdoor education, most recently working as a crew leader for the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps. Samuel has experience writing lesson plans, grant proposals, federal resumes, project reports and academic research papers.

Dylan McKenna

Dylan McKenna

Dylan McKenna is a first year M.S. in Ecology student at Western. He received his B.S. in Conservation Biology with minors in Chemistry, Anthropology and Wildlife Biology from UVM in 2019. Dylan has worked as a research technician studying the spatial ecology of several vulnerable mammal species across the U.S. and Central America. He has also worked with Northwest Youth Corps as an LGBTQ+ Crew Lead. He has a diverse background in academic and professional writing as well as extensive experience as a teacher. He is excited to help students become more proficient and confident in their own writing.

Corinne Ryan

Corinne Ryan

Corinne Ryan is a first-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 first-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.

Ashley Peterson

Ashley Peterson

Ashley Peterson is a second year MEM student in the Global Sustainability track. She has traveled to 38 countries and wants to bring a global perspective to environmental issues, especially in mountain communities. She is interested in researching the impacts of climate change and bringing that information to the public in easily digestible formats to help get more people involved and passionate about the planet. Ashley received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Portland State University where she wrote an honors thesis on microplastics in Oregon rivers. She had her first research paper published last summer and enjoys technical as well as creative writing. She loves editing and helping other students feel more confident in their writing by improving their skills.

Rebecca Briesmoore

Rebecca Briesmoore

Rebecca Briesmoore is a first year MEM student focusing on Global Sustainability. 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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