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Center for Writing Excellence: Writing Fellows

The Writing Fellows program matches experienced undergraduate Writing Assistants with faculty seeking additional support in writing-intensive courses.

Meet the Spring 2014 Writing Fellows!


Amanda Chase

I am a senior majoring in English Education with minors in Special Education and Business Administration. I am actively involved with the UWEC Concert Dance Company as president, choreographer, and dancer. In my free time, I love reading, watching Gilmore Girls, and cooking.

As a Writing Fellow, I have the opportunity to know professors and students on a higher level. Working with one specific course enables me to notice common challenges in students' writing for the specific discipline and adjust my methods accordingly. Seeing the progression of the students' writing skills throughout the semester is rewarding and emphasizes the positive outcomes of peer tutoring.


 Cheyanne Davis

I'm a junior majoring in Public Relations and Sports Promotion. When I’m not busy in the Center for Writing Excellence, I’m usually studying or playing sports. I’m a member of PRSSA and CJO. I also referee intramurals and will be starting a PR internship for a semi-pro football team in the area. Even though I’m busy with school and my other jobs, I am very passionate about the work I do in the Center for Writing Excellence. 

This is my second year as a Writing Assistant and my first semester as a Writing Fellow, an opportunity I am very excited about! UWEC is very fortunate to have a center that is devoted to helping students excel in writing in all disciplines. My tutoring philosophy reflects this. I love the idea of students helping students. I think it allows students to express their concerns in a trusting environment to a peer as opposed to a superior. UWEC is such an inviting and caring campus, and that’s the atmosphere I aim to create in my sessions.


Sarah Johnson

I am a senior majoring in English: Creative Writing and minoring in Communication Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. I'm hoping to go into sketch comedy and television writing and own at least two small- to medium-sized dogs. In my free time, I watch a lot of TLC and write short stories that depict my embarrassing childhood. I also like coffee, wine, and green olives.

I think being a Writing Fellow is a way for me to further understand the two-way learning process that happens with writing. It is an opportunity for me to be involved in the writing process of other students and deepen my understanding of what takes place when effective writing begins to take form. I also like being able to apply and share elements of writing that I have learned to the work of other students. Hopefully, by doing so, I give students tools they can use when writing in school and in their future profession.



Jessalee Simonson

I am a senior English: Creative Writing major with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Women's Studies. I also participate in UWEC Concert Choir. I love coffee, cats, Sylvia Plath, and indie movies.
As a Writing Fellow, I have the opportunity to bridge the communication gap between students and professors. It is rewarding to focus on one particular course and engage directly with the professor. Since I am well versed in the course material and requirements, I can provide tailored assistance to students.


Nathaniel Taylor

I am a junior Philosophy major who works primarily in Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and the History of Philosophy (especially Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas). I love music, particularly classical, old-time, and swing. If you go somewhere that sells coffee or wine, you will most likely see me there.

Being a Writing Fellow provides me with the wonderful opportunity to talk about writing with other passionate and thoughtful students. Regardless of one's discipline, all students use writing as their craft to communicate their ideas. In this sense, then, scholars in history, literature, art, science, business, philosophy, and mathematics are all united by this common skill. Therefore, the ultimate demonstration of our liberal arts education is collaborating on writing projects and coming to better understand each other through the work that we produce. Collaborating with someone on a project is often challenging due to the intimate nature of sharing one's ideas and expressing one's self; yet it is through this process that students connect meaningfully with each other and strive towards our ultimate scholarly goals: truth, wisdom, and the good life.


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