Carol Severino, Director

My favorite part of tutoring is getting to know the students and their areas of interest. I love it when students are enthusiastic about their writing topics and teach me about them. As a writing center director, my goals are to reach more student and community populations with our services, or at least with the message about the value of planning and revision in the writing process. I like to keep up with my twin sons and my toddler granddaughter, learn new languages, play the drums, swim and walk by the lake with my dog, and in the summer, cook what I harvest from my garden. I research second language writing in the Writing Center, especially vocabulary issues. I like to write creatively in English and Spanish, both fiction and nonfiction.

Deirdre Egan, Assistant Director

Deirdre EganThe Writing Center is a great place to work. It’s busy, friendly and lively, with good conversation and (usually) good coffee. My job is to manage the day to day operations of the Writing Center and to give feedback on work sent to us through our online system. I was born and raised in Ireland and have an electic but occasionally useful background in the health sciences, political science and feminist theory. When I’m not here, I’m studying the bizarre behaviors of American teenagers and being informed by the four who live in my house about their peculiar belief systems. I also write (slowly), teach (once in a while) and read whenever I can.


My favorite thing about tutoring is the variety of people and ideas that I encounter daily: what a delicious opportunity! I love collaborating on the puzzle of how to best get ideas on the page, especially with students who come from a linguistic tradition (whether another register, dialect, or language) that falls outside the conventions of this Academic English thingy we’re all attempting to emulate. I try to show that we have the option to preserve aspects of our non-academic selves in our writing and, when thoughtfully done, it can enrich our work and push—even if only a smidgen—at the boundaries of scholarly discourse. When I’m not rattling the bars of academia, I am at home, spoiling my cats, learning Portuguese, and discussing Yu-Gi-Oh! with my ten- year-old son.


AnneI am an MFA student in the Nonfiction Writing Program and will be this year's leader of the Writing Center's creative writing group.  I am currently working on a memoir that combines nature writing and an exploration of how trauma ripples through a family to have far reaching and often unexpected effects.  During my time at Iowa, I have taught Rhetoric classes and creative writing classes, worked in the Speaking Center, and helped ESL students improve their language skills.  My favorite part about teaching and tutoring writing is helping students find their own style and presence on the page, helping them put even a touch of their own personalities into their assignments and academic papers. In my spare time I like to read, go for long walks, and watch The West Wing.


BradyI’m a PhD student in the English Department and I study Environmental Literature and work in the Digital Humanities. I currently teach in the Department of Rhetoric and am particularly interested in Rhetoric and Composition Pedagogy and in Multimodal Composition. I very much enjoy working with students on their writing, particularly on developing strategies for successful (and stress-free) writing habits. When I’m not on campus I enjoy reading, hiking, biking, kayaking, and backpacking.



BrentI am a PhD student in English, writing my dissertation on nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, and connections between literature and visual art. I am also a fiction writer with an MFA, and love working with creative writers. The Writing Center is a great environment for me, because I love helping others discover and hone their creative vision and achieve specific writing goals. The tremendous amount of diversity of cultures, languages, and academic disciplines in the writing center is invigorating and always inspires my own work.


CaitlinI am a PhD candidate in the Department of English, specializing in addiction and recovery in the long British Romantic period (1850-1950). I currently teach in the Rhetoric department, and I'm enjoying my second year of tutoring at the Writing Center. I love meeting students through the center, and getting to learn about their different fields and backgrounds. The writing process can be daunting, but I truly enjoy increasing the confidence of students by providing them with important tools for success. I am a huge fan of pre-writing strategies and the effectiveness of repeated revision. When I’m not focused on writing, I’m hanging out with my cat (Tom-Tom), watching the 49ers, or watching mindless television


I’m a PhD student in the College of Education with a M.Sc. in Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages. I have worked with both English and Spanish second language learners on their writing processes in different areas. I also used to teach English Language Literature to Spanish speakers to help them improve their English language skills. I love helping people to overcome their fears about writing and to express themselves, because I believe we all have something interesting to say. My areas of interest are education, foreign and second language acquisition, Spanish as a second and foreign language, literacy, literature, and writing. I enjoy reading, blogging, and watching soccer.


DanaI’m an online tutor for the 2017 spring semester. Since earning my BA from the University of Iowa, I’ve been teaching various forms of composition. My first teaching assignment was with Teach For America on the Rosebud Reservation. I earned an MFA in Creative Writing and the Environment from Iowa State University in 2016. Currently, I am a lecturer for the Rhetoric Department. Though I’ve taught for a while, I’ve never tutored online. I must say, I absolutely love it. I feel privileged to read other people’s work, work that teaches me so much. (The best part is not having to assign grades!) When I am not on campus, I enjoy being on my family’s ranch. You’ll most likely find my Australian Shepherd, Temple, taking me for a walk along the English River.


I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of English, and I study poetry, queer theory, and affect. I currently teach Interpretation of Literature, and I was a Rhetoric instructor before that, so I’m very familiar with those courses and the kind of writing they entail. I also enjoy helping students write and edit professional documents—resumes, personal statements, cover letters, etc. I have a particular interest in helping my students find ways to cope with writing anxiety, since I know from personal experience just how difficult that can be. In my spare time, I love to watch hockey, listen to and play music, and hang out with friends.


DavidI’m a lecturer in the Rhetoric Department and have just started working in the Writing Center in the Spring 2017 semester. When I’m not thinking about teaching, I’m thinking about writing. In this sense, tutoring in the Writing Center is perfect for me. My background is in American literature—I wrote my PhD dissertation on the work of Philip Roth—but these days my focus is much more on pedagogy and the importance of crucial academic skills like writing, critical reading, and critical thinking. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters, cooking, and talking about how great Iowa City is (it’s great, right?).


ElenaI am an MFA candidate in the Nonfiction Writing Program with a focus in investigative criminal justice journalism (though I have broad writing interests!). I have previously taught creative writing and freshman rhetoric both here and at the University of Minnesota. When I’m not teaching or writing and reporting a story I’m running, watching old movies (particularly Hitchcock films), reading poetry, or following the NBA. I enjoy the collaborative, one-on-one nature of tutoring and strive to develop individualized and versatile study plans for and with each of my tutees.  I also strongly encourage my students to develop their own voices as writers, whether they’re working academically or creatively. Excited to be a part of the Writing Center team! 


EnricoI am a PhD student in English studying late 19th/early 20th century American literature. My academic interests include literature of the plantation and the migration of fabulist trends across geographic and cultural boundaries. Before coming to Iowa, I earned my BA in English and Creative Writing from The College of New Jersey and worked in the publishing industry in NYC. I currently teach Rhetoric with an emphasis on media and popular culture. As a tutor, I am most interested in helping writers organize their papers effectively and use clear, succinct language. When I'm not in EPB, I enjoy listening to 90s music, playing RPGs, and writing songs on my guitar.


HeidiI am a graduate student in the Department of English, and I study philanthropy, charity, and generosity in Victorian literature. I've worked as an English teacher in a public high school and taught Rhetoric here at the University of Iowa. I currently teach Interpretation of Literature and tutor in the Writing Center. My favorite part about working in the Writing Center is helping students revise. My approach to tutoring allows students to write from a place of uncertainty, to dwell in the messiness of thinking, and to develop a self-imposed discipline when writing. When I am not reading, writing, or teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog, gardening, experimenting with new vegetarian dishes, and flying stunt kites.


IanI'm a PhD candidate in English, and I study contemporary American literature, New Media, Online Cultures, and Game Studies. I have taught gender and popular culture, rhetoric, and composition, and tutored undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students alike. Before earning an M.A. in Literature, I earned a B.A. in Psychology and worked as a pharmacology research assistant. As a result, I can apply my varied background to help students write in different contexts across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM fields. One of my favorite aspects of tutoring is meeting students across disciplines and learning about their projects. When I'm not writing, teaching, or tutoring, I enjoy running, martial arts, cycling, binge-watching shows on Netflix, and spending time with my dog. 


I am a graduate student in the department of Epidemiology through the College of Public Health, with a focus in depression and mental health. Although I specialize in scientific and technical writing, I love working with students of all disciplines to help them shape their ideas into a clear, organized, and well-developed finished product. In my spare time I like to work in my garden, play the cello, and go on adventures with my son and daughter.



JudyI am new in the Writing Center this year, but I have lots of experience helping students with writing in Spanish and English. I retired in 2015 after 22 years as a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where I taught courses in Spanish language, applied linguistics, and teaching methods. I also co-directed and taught courses in Second Language Acquisition. I seem to have flunked my first year of retirement: I'm back at the UI as the director of FLARE, and I am also studying French. I spend as much time as I can with my grandchildren in New Hampshire and Florida, and I happily bake cookies on request. I am a fan of UI women’s basketball, and after 20+ years of going to their games, I finally got a photo op with Herky

Kate N.

KateI am a PhD candidate in the Department of English, an Interpretation of Literature instructor, and a writing tutor here in the Writing Center and at the Frank Business Communications Center. I taught Rhetoric at the University of Iowa for two years, and I spent a year teaching ACT prep and college readiness courses through Twin Cities-based non-profit, College Possible.  As a writing tutor, I aim to help each writer with the challenges of the particular assignment at hand, while also developing a personalized toolkit of writing strategies and know-how for the future. I also love fun, quirky ways of remembering pieces of writing advice and instruction.  Outside of teaching, tutoring and scholarship, I like to make and eat delicious food; journal; go for long runs; and talk, talk, talk about anything and everything.


KeryI’m an Master's student in the School of Library and Information Science. I hold a Master’s degree in historical musicology and undergraduate degrees in Music and English from the University of Iowa. I spent the last two years in the musicology PhD program at McGill University, and Montréal’s poutine and French patisseries have changed me forever. My research interests include children’s music and literature, American history, birdsong, and conservation history. Helping people with their writing is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I do, and I love being part of the Writing Center team.  


LandonI'm a third-year MFA student in the Nonfiction Writing Program. For the past couple of years I've been most interested in adventurous forms of cultural criticism and literary journalism. I appreciate the collaborative spirit of the Writing Center, and I love talking with other writers about the myriad approaches to the writing process. I'm constantly picking up ideas from the students I work with and getting perspective on my own ever-evolving relationship with writing. It feels great to tangibly help other writers when they're stuck or having trouble organizing their ideas. I know how intimidating a blank page can be.


I like to spend time with writers in the Writing Center, hearing their thoughts and plans for a paper. I like seeing their faces when I ask questions that they haven't yet considered. I guess I like seeing how writers rethink and re-imagine their work. After working as a nurse for eleven years, I earned a BA in English and Comm Studies, worked as a medical researcher, and then earned a PhD in literacy studies. I have taught Rhetoric and similar courses at three universities, and I currently teach Rhetoric to pre-healthcare and health science students here at Iowa. I am co-author of the book The Lost Art of Retinal Drawing, which combines medicine and art. I am currently working on a project that looks at human nature as it relates to genealogy. In my spare time, I play with my grandson and two cats.


LydiaI am a PhD candidate in the Department of English, specializing in 19th century British literature and Disability Studies. I have taught Rhetoric and currently tutor in the Writing Center. I love tutoring and getting to know and work with a variety of students from different fields and backgrounds. I know the writing experience can be stressful and I value helping students develop their confidence in themselves as writers. Revising is one of my favorite parts of my own writing process and I enjoy developing and working through that process with students, helping them figure out how they can better structure and organize their work. When I’m not tutoring, studying, or working on my own writing, I love to read, travel home to Montana, and spend time outside, either cross country skiing in winter or hiking in summer.


Matt McBI am new to the University of Iowa, but have worked for a number of writing centers in the past. What I most enjoy about meeting one-on-one with students in this setting is everything I learn from the variety of disciplines I see represented in the papers I read. In addition to working at UI’s Writing Center, I also teach classes as a lecturer in the Rhetoric Department. I have a BA in English and Professional Writing, an MFA in Creative Writing, and a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. During the past few years, I have had a growing interest in teaching English language and literature to speakers of other languages and spent last academic year teaching at an agricultural college in Wuhan, China. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and writing poetry as well as studying Mandarin.


MichaelI’m an MA student in the Linguistics department with an emphasis on Teaching English as a Second Language, and I'm set to graduate at the end of the semester. My undergraduate degrees are in Linguistics and French, with a minor in Arabic. I currently work at the Writing Center and teach in the ESL department. I’m a Coralville native, so the University of Iowa feels like home to me. I love working with both native and nonnative speakers of English and I always appreciate the uniqueness that individuals bring to their written work. If you care about me beyond how I can help your writing, you’ll find I love finding ways to compete, whether through intramural sports or a quick card game. My dog is a better person than me.



BryanI am a senior with majors in Linguistics and French and a minor in Translation, and I am deeply fond of writing, both academically and creatively. I enjoy meeting new people and learning from their perspectives and ideas, and there’s hardly a better way to do that than through peer revising. My fascination with your subject of study will have me on the edge of my seat as we pick through those obnoxious Oxford commas and tricky transitions. When I’m not reading your beautiful academia, you’ll find me biking or writing or fishing or traveling—but really, I’m probably napping. 


EliseI'm a senior majoring in English with a minor in Philosophy, and I love anything related to environmental conservation and volunteering. I have a strong passion for writing and reading and I especially love talking about that writing with anyone and everyone. I love peer tutoring because it's a more casual and personal way of learning, both for the tutee and the tutor, and I hope to help you with whatever writing needs you may have. When I'm not reading Science Fiction or watching movies at Film Scene I'm usually seen eating fruit, listening to disco, or looking at old books in the library. 


JorgeI was born and raised in the enchanting island that is Puerto Rico. I am currently a senior, double majoring in Japanese and Linguistics. I am also a proud member of Sigma Lambda Beta, an organization that consists of a group of culturally diverse gentlemen who promote cultural awareness on campus. I plan to graduate this upcoming spring, 2017, but in the meantime, I am excited to work with students and assist with any issues or concerncs that may arise in writing. Writing is an indispensable skill that continually develops through practice. Being able to help students in this development is something I eagerly look forward to. 

Kate W.

Kate W.As a senior majoring in Spanish with a minor in English, I spend a lot of time thinking about language, both written and spoken. My own writing consists primarily of academic argumentative essays, though I have been experimenting more with creative writing recently. I love Russian novels, Spanish short stories, and post-colonial literature in all forms. I serve as a Writing Fellow working mostly with humanities courses. Through peer tutoring I hope to learn about your ideas and help you develop them through writing.



MirandaI am a senior majoring in English on the Creative Writing Track and Journalism/Mass Communications with a die-hard obsession with physics and astronomy. I love reading everything and anything as well as discussing readings and writings with others - more specifically, I love learning about people through their writings and ideas. One of my favorite things is peer tutoring, and I hope to be of the utmost help to anyone who comes to me. When I’m not studying, reading, or writing, I can usually be found romping around outside, playing piano, or tap dancing.


NatalieI am a junior majoring in English and International Studies.  I've been peer tutoring ever since I was in high school, and I love connecting with people. Everyone can benefit from having a second pair of eyes to read a paper, or someone to help with brainstorming. I've taken science classes, history classes, creative writing classes, literature classes, and international studies classes. Come to me with any assignment and I will do my best to help you leave the writing center more confident than when you came in.