OUR STAFF, MENTORS AND TUTORS

Sean McCann
Director of Academic Writing 

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smccann@wesleyan.edu

Meg Furniss Weisberg
Interim Assistant 
Director of Academic Writing

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mweisberg@wesleyan.edu 

Emery Frick
Ford Writing Fellow


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  • Chiara Bercu

    Chiara Bercu

    I'm a junior Sociology
    major with the Writing
    and Social, Cultural,
    Critical Theory certificates.
    I'm pretty good with
    Spanish, but I might be a
    little bit rusty. In general
    I'm a big fan of Sampa
    the Great, caffeine, and
    getting it done early.

  • Laura Bither

    Laura Bither

    I'm a senior Biology and
    Environmental Studies
    double major with a
    minor in African Studies.
    I am comfortable advising
    writing in English and,
    although I am a bilingual
    French speaker, I can't
    (yet!) edit academic
    papers in that language.
    My one piece of writing
    advice is to give yourself
    time to fully develop your
    ideas before you start the
    paper (starting the night
    before doesn't work out
    well for me even though I'm
    great at procrastinating).

  • Haley Brumberger

    Haley Brumberger

    I am an intended
    English major, but
    am exploring the 
    possibility of double
    majoring with Earth
    and Environmental
    Science. Outside of the
    classroom (or studio!)  
    I am an Academic Peer
    Advisor, a member of 
    Club Equestrian Team,
    Ski and Snowboard team,
    and a captain of the Club
    Ice Hockey team. My biggest
    advice about writing is to
    be direct and avoid using
    qualifying and justifying 
    language! Be confident!

  • David Caruso

    David Caruso

    I'm a senior Theater 
    and English double 
    major from Minneapolis. 
    I'm working on a 
    playwriting thesis, although 
    I am a theory and literary 
    forms concentration within 
    English. Although I'm an 
    English major, I've written 
    papers for biology, 
    astronomy, psychology and 
    anthropology classes, so 
    hopefully I can be helpful 
    in all of those subjects, too! 
    I'm a member of Gag Reflex, 
    Wesleyan's oldest improv 
    group. I'm a taurus. Always 
    read your work aloud 
    before you submit it. 
  • Liz Cettina

    Liz Cettina

    I am a senior English
    major writing a thesis
    on two awesome
    contemporary poets
    and publishers,
    Rosmarie and Keith
    Waldrop. My number
    one bit of writing
    advice is to give
    yourself time to
    rewrite. I almost always
    open a new document
    after writing a paper
    and restart it from scratch.
  • Talia Cohen

    Talia Cohen

    I'm a junior double majoring
    in English and Music. Some
    of my favorite books are 
    Haroun and the Sea of
    Stories
    The Little Prince,
    and The Elegance of the
    Hedgehog
    , and I have
    re-read the entire 
    Harry Potter series at least
    three times. Outside the
    classroom, I lead tours of
    campus, sing in the
    Cardinal Sinners, and help
    plan Shabbat programming
    for the Wesleyan Jewish
    Community. I'm also always
    in the mood for Bananagrams.
  • Adam Cowie-Haskell

    Adam Cowie-Haskell

    I am a senior Economics
    major and am also
    pursuing a Writing
    Certificate.  Outside of
    the classroom, I played
    on the Men's soccer
    team, and have tutored
    in Economics both
    individually and as a TA.
    I am interested in public
    policy, environmental
    issues, and journalism.
    My go-to publication is
    The Economist.
  • Jamie Cureton

    Jamie Cureton

    I am a senior Film major
    and Community Advisor.
    There’s no right way to
    approach writing, and
    every academic or creative
    piece is just one part of a
    larger conversation. I
    always try to remember
    that when I sit down to write.

  • Elizabeth Eagles

    Elizabeth Eagles

    I am a junior English and
    HISP double major with a
    concentration in American
    Literature. I can tutor in
    both English and Spanish,
    though English is my
    strong suit. In my free
    time, I am part of a dance
    group on campus and also
    work in Middletown at a
    children's museum.
  • Yael Fisher

    Yael Fisher

    I'm a senior College of 
    Social Studies student 
    completing the writing 
    certificate. I am fluent 
    in Hebrew and happy 
    to work with Israeli ESL 
    students or students 
    taking Hebrew classes. 
    You can usually find me 
    at the big tables on the 
    first floor of Olin, working 
    on my thesis on Kibbutz 
    privatization or reading 
    New York Times recipes. 
    My favorite writing 
    professor once said that 
    it's important to write your 
    way into your material, even 
    if none of that initial content 
    makes it into the final draft. 
    So now, when I'm struggling 
    with kickstarting a writing 
    project, I like to set a timer 
    for half an hour and free write 
    without the pressure of 
    "writing a good essay."
  • Anna Fox

    Anna Fox

    I’m a junior in the College 
    of Social Studies and I’m
    also pursuing the Middle
    Eastern Studies certificate.
    I’m happy to look at
    academic writing in English
    and Arabic. I’m a heritage
    Hebrew speaker, but my
    grammar is atrocious so
    I can’t yet be of help on
    that front. I can usually
    be found drinking absurd
    amounts of seltzer in the
    Olin stacks or playing the
    banjo (poorly; not in
    the stacks).
  • Emily Furnival

    Emily Furnival

    I am a senior COL major.
    I can mostly only work
    in English unfortunately,
    but I used to know Italian
    and I'm learning Spanish.
    I can't write anything
    without a detailed outline
    (though I'm trying to write
    my thesis without one!)
    and my number one piece
    of advice is to outline.
    I also think you should
    always try to explain your
    essay to someone who
    knows nothing about your
    topic -- sometimes their
    questions are the most helpful!
  • Juliet Gelfman-Randazzo

    Juliet Gelfman-Randazzo

    I am a Senior English and
    Film double major,
    concentrating in Creative
    Writing.  I know a bit of
    French and some very
    basic Danish--enough to
    talk about bread or my
    name, but probably not
    enough to help with an
    essay! My biggest piece
    of current writing advice
    is: no matter how many
    characters Twitter allows
    you, if you can't say it
    in 140, edit, cut, revise,
    until you can.
  • Naomi Glasock

    Naomi Glasock

    I am a sophomore
    prospective English
    and sociology double
    major, and I also love
    to take classes in the
    music department.
    To me, writing is an
    awesome opportunity
    to express your thoughts
    and ideas and still have
    the chance to revise and
    clarify them before they
    reach the world. Outside
    of class, I love to sing
    with my a cappella group
    (the Mixolydians) and watch
    “Grace and Frankie” on Netflix.

  • Zoey Gringlas

    Zoey Gringlas

    I am a Sophomore
    English and Hispanic
    Lit major,
    concentrating in
    creative writing.
    I am comfortable
    helping with works
    in both English and
    Spanish. One piece
    of writing advice I've
    found helpful is
    never to be too
    attached to what
    you've written; don't
    be afraid to edit,
    scrap, rewrite! 

  • Mira Guth

    Mira Guth

    I'm a senior SiSP major
    and I'm also completing
    Writing and Environmental
    Studies Certificates.
    I can only tutor in English,
    but I do know a bit of French.
    I think the hardest and
    most important part of
    writing is staying critical
    of your work while
    never doubting yourself!
  • Sophie Hayssen

    Sophie Hayssen

    I'm a junior English and
    American Studies major.
    In addition to my majors,
    I'm comfortable working
    in subjects like Film,
    Religion, lower-level
    Sociology, and
    Government.
    My strengths as a
    tutor include outlining
    and tightening language. 
  • Nell Highleyman

    Nell Highleyman

    I am Junior English major
    with a concentration in
    Creative Writing. I speak
    a small amount of French,
    but am otherwise English
    bound. I'm on the crew
    team and love thinking
    about writing. 
  • Tess Holland

    Tess Holland

    I am a senior French studies
    and art history double major,
    pursuing the writing certificate.
    I am a captain on the track
    team and have participated
    in several dance showcases
    on campus including
    Burlesque, Terp, and Winter
    Dance. I'm from San
    Francisco, where I spent
    the summer working in a
    gallery and museum,
    pursuing my passions for
    photography and art.
    When I graduate, I hope
    to start a career in interior
    design, but for now I
    enjoy decorating my senior
    house on Knowles Ave. 

  • Carson Horky

    Carson Horky

    I am a sophomore
    prospective History
    major. I love politics,
    theater, and telling people
    annoying historical
    anecdotes that they
    don’t care about!
    My favorite part of
    the writing process is
    editing—crossing things
    out is the best
    self-deprecating but
    overall positive activity.
    I am a true believer in
    the “less is more”
    philosophy of writing,
    there’s always room
    to cut down.
  • Miranda Hoyt-Disick

    Miranda Hoyt-Disick

    I am an English and
    film major, 2019. I
    speak English and
    read Latin. I have very
    good essay writing
    playlists that include
    greatest hits for the
    Pirates of the
    Caribbean Sountrack. 
  • Gabriel Kachuk

    Gabriel Kachuk

    I’m a senior in the
    College of Letters.
    I can work in French,
    and I have some smatterings
    of Hebrew and Latin as well.
    I’m a flagrant 'overwriter',
    so I make sure to leave a lot
    of time for editing, condensing,
    and refining when I’m
    completing writing projects.
  • Mickey Kieu

    Mickey Kieu

    I’m a junior oversubscribed
    in the English department
    and dance too much for
    my own good. That also
    means that I’ve written
    papers, been disappointed,
    been regretful, been happy,
    been gleeful, and that I
    both understand the
    (sometimes incredible)
    pain and find (and this
    is the more important
    part—I think) an incredible
    sense of fulfilment in writing
    both academic and creative
    papers. (More so the latter,
    but that stays between you
    and me. Shh.) Anyway,
    I’d die for any piece of writing
    with a great voice (yay, Proust),
    but one advice I always give
    people is also that voices need
    to be restrained and doled out
    in good (appropriate) measure.
    Oh, and I also speak Vietnamese
    and Australian (I kid, but not really).
  • Charlotte Klein

    Charlotte Klein

    I’m a junior English
    major with a
    concentration in
    Theory and Forms.
    I love creative nonfiction
    writing and have
    pursued this passion
    through several intensive
    writing courses at
    Wesleyan. In addition to
    my major, I’m comfortable
    and excited to work in
    subjects like Film, Sociology,
    lower-level Psychology,
    Art History, American Studies,
    and COL. My strengths as a
    tutor include working on
    sentence clarity and grammar,
    outlining, and editing a draft.
    Come hang out with me.
  • Luke Lezhanskyy

    Luke Lezhanskyy

    I’m a sophomore majoring
    in English, and I hail
    rom the beautiful,
    inimitable City of Angels!
    Apart from writing and
    reading, I enjoy walks
    along the beach and
    spending time with my
    family. In tutoring, I
    believe that “honesty
    is the best policy”. If
    we can be forthright
    with each other, we
    can solve any problem
    the academic world
    can throw at us.
  • Ruby Ling

    Ruby Ling

    I am a sophomore
    Sociology and English
    double major. English
    is the only language
    I know but I have
    tutored ESL students
    in the past. I recommend
    for writers to reread their
    writing out loud and note
    confusing or concerning
    parts. I look forward to
    exploring these components
    with you in order to
    hopefully strengthen and
    clarify each paper.

  • Martha Mastrianni

    Martha Mastrianni

    I'm a senior English and
    Spanish major, so I'm
    comfortable working in
    both those languages. I like
    writing my own poems and
    short stories, and when I'm
    not doing writing-related
    things, I'm working as an
    RA and singing in the
    Wesleyan Concert Choir.
    My biggest pieces of writing
    advice are to make a thorough
    outline and leave time for
    proofreading at the end.

  • Fiona McLeod

    Fiona McLeod

    I’m a junior American
    Studies major––
    concentrating in
    Indigenous Studies––
    and I am also completing
    the Writing Certificate.
    I am comfortable reading
    pieces in Spanish as well
    as English. I especially
    love creative nonfiction,
    and I always try to work
    technical elements of
    that type of writing into
    my academic papers.

  • Will Moss

    Will Moss

    I'm Will Moss and I'm a
    senior Religion major
    and History minor. While
    I'm only comfortable
    offering advice for English
    written papers, I have
    experience working with
    ESL students and have
    some conversational
    Spanish skills. When
    I'm not working on
    research papers (my
    favorite kind of writing
    assignments) I enjoy
    playing frisbee and
    exploring Connecticut
    hiking trails. 
  • Jed Munson

    Jed Munson

    I'm a junior in the
    College of East Asian
    Studies, also going for
    a Writing Certificate. I'm
    a heritage Korean
    speaker--I grew up
    speaking at home but
    only began studying it
    academically in college--
    and am obsessed with
    reading and writing
    fiction. I love looking at
    how good writing "works"
    and examining the space
    between those achievements
    and my own writing because
    I think close reading can
    provide a cool way of
    understanding how we, as
    people, construct meaning
    in our world. I struggle with
    science and sports, in general.
  • Rosanne Ng

    Rosanne Ng

    I'm a junior from Hong
    Kong. I'm a College of
    Social Studies major,
    which means that in my
    sophomore year I wrote
    40 essays (over 220 pages)
    in total. I speak Cantonese
    and Mandarin, but I struggle
    with reading and writing in
    them. Outside of class, I'm
    a senator on the WSA, a
    volunteer with the Wesleyan
    Refugee Project, and a
    research assistant in East
    Asian Studies/Government.
    I hope I can be of help to you!
  • Corinne Noonan

    Corinne Noonan

    I’m currently a senior
    majoring in English and
    Government. I am a
    captain of the swim team,
    and I also play club water
    polo. I have a tendency to
    ramble when I write, so I
    have a lot of practice in
    cutting down and
    aiming for concision!
  • Yao Ong

    Yao Ong

    I am a senior majoring
    in English and COL.
    Aside from English, I am
    fluent in Chinese and can
    read and write in German
    at an intermediate level.
    As a student of literature,
    I do a lot of textual analysis
    in my papers. I've found
    that typing out long quotes
    from texts (whether or not
    I end up using them in my
    papers) is a good investment
    of time; it encourages me to
    read slowly and mindfully as
    I am typing the passages out,
    and pays off eventually when
    it comes to creating an outline
    with greater detail, and of
    course, when having to actually
    cite the text in my papers.
  • Noam Radcliffe

    Noam Radcliffe

    I'm a Film Studies major
    who's also completing the
    Writing Certificate. I'm
    comfortable advising writing
    in English, but I speak/write
    decent Spanish. When this
    year ends I'll be thrust
    cruelly out into the world,
    where I'll probably spend
    my days chasing the
    dream of working in the
    video games industry.
  • Emma Raddatz

    Emma Raddatz

    I'm a senior English
    and Religion double
    major. I'm writing a
    thesis about three
    Caribbean women
    writers, and my
    favorite place in
    Connecticut is the
    Book Barn in Niantic. 
  • Charlotte Rich

    Charlotte Rich

    I’m a sophomore from
    New York City and a
    prospective History
    major. When I’m not
    working in the Writing
    Workshop, I’m involved
    in various dance groups
    and shows on campus.
    I’m comfortable working
    with papers in Spanish,
    though you wouldn’t
    know it from my speaking!
    My number one piece of
    writing advice is just to
    start — get your ideas
    down on the page and
    the rest will begin to
    take shape.
  • Maria Rodriguez-Castro

    Maria Rodriguez-Castro

    I am a junior majoring
    in Psychology and
    pursuing the Civic
    Engagement Certificate.
    I am fluent in Spanish
    and would love to help
    you with Spanish related
    topics, but I'm also
    comfortable working in
    subjects like History,
    Government, Neuroscience,
    and Religion. As a writer,
    my strengths include
    organizing and heavy
    editing long papers.

  • Dache Rogers

    Dache Rogers

    I am a senior double
    major in English and
    African American
    Studies. Besides English,
    I do know a good amount
    of American Sign
    Language and can tell
    you some things about
    Deaf culture if you're
    interested! I'm also a
    creative writer, with
    most of my experience
    in short fiction. But this
    year I'm writing a thesis
    that's a memoir, so ask
    me about that if you
    want to hear me go back
    and forth between excitedly
    talking about my research
    and complaining that I
    chose to do a thesis
    in the first place!
  • Liv Ryan

    Liv Ryan

    I’m a junior English
    major and am also
    currently completing
    the writing certificate.
    I am concentrating in
    British literature so if
    you ever want to geek
    out over nineteenth-century
    novels about the English
    landed gentry, I’m your gal.
    A trick that I always use
    when I’m writing an essay
    is to ask myself “so what?”
    each time I add something
    to my paper. Asking this
    question again and again
    allows me to make sure that
    whatever I add is both in
    line with my thesis statement
    and contributes to the
    richness of my argument.
    When I’m not writing or
    reading you can find me
    performing with my improv
    group, "New Teen Force" or
    spending all my points on
    chex mix at Weshop.

  • Molly Schiff

    Molly Schiff

    I'm a senior from
    New York majoring in
    Government and Italian
    Studies. I'm happy to
    help with writing in the
    humanities or social
    science, and I'm
    comfortable working
    with Italian-language
    writing as well. Outside
    of classes, I'm usually
    at The Argus office or
    re-watching the best
    TV show of all
    time, 30 Rock. 
  • Anushka Singh

    Anushka Singh

    I am a sophomore majoring
    in Government with a
    concentration in
    International Politics.
    I know English and Spanish
    and I speak a little Hindi
    but not nearly enough to
    be helpful. For me, the
    hardest part about writing
    is being succinct and this
    is something that I’m still
    working on. I love reading
    other people’s work and
    I hope I can help you out!
  • Henry Spiro

    Henry Spiro

    I am a junior College
    of Letters and Italian
    Studies double major.
    I work mostly in English
    and am relatively fluent
    in Italian. My best writing
    tip is to always brainstorm
    and outline before you
    begin actually writing. It's
    always best to experiment
    with various ideas and
    arguments before you put
    pen to paper, to ensure that
    you only write your strongest
    and most compelling
    arguments. In my spare
    time, I enjoy watching and
    writing about movies
    and TV shows.
  • Isabel Steckel

    Isabel Steckel

    I am a junior majoring
    in the College of Letters
    and Italian Studies (so
    I'm happy to work with
    you on papers in Italian
    as well!). I love to cook,
    travel, and be outside!
    Turns out I am
    dangerously good at
    writing complicated
    sentences. I find it helpful
    to read my work aloud to
    see which words and
    phrases can be removed
    before I submit it.
  • Sonya Sternlieb

    Sonya Sternlieb

    I’m a senior majoring in
    American Studies and
    Biology. Generally, I
    work with students on
    social science,
    creative writing, or
    science-writing projects.
    I love roadtrips, tea,
    and anything by
    Junot Díaz, and sometime
    after graduation want
    to go on a cross-country
    train ride.
  • Anya Weinstock

    Anya Weinstock

    I am a junior majoring in
    the College of East Asian
    Studies with a concentration
    in Political Economy.
    This semester I am a writing
    mentor for the CEAS
    Proseminar. The best piece
    of advice that I’ve received
    about writing is that I should
    always be able to explain
    the central ideas of my
    paper out loud.