The students employed in the Writing Center are talented individuals who show a great deal of merit within the field of writing, although they are not necessarily English majors. Tutors take a course to prepare them to work with their peers.



My name is Heidi Stevenson, and I am the Director of the NMU Writing Center. I finished a Ph.D. in composition and rhetoric at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Working with students, faculty, and staff to make the writing we do on campus strong, meaningful, and functional in the ways the writers intended is an honor I am thankful for every day.


My name's Amy, and I'm the assistant director and floor manager for the NMU Writing Center. I came to NMU two years ago from central Illinois to study poetry in the MFA program. I've been working in writing centers since 2008, and I've loved every minute of it! My favorite part of writing center work is that no day, no essay, no student, no tutor is ever the same. When I'm not scooting around the NMU Writing Center on my desk chair, I can be found daydreaming about burritos, petting one or all of my three cats, or trying to convince everyone to go to Zumba with me.


My name is Jill, and I’m a second year MA candidate in writing and literature. As an undergraduate, I attended the University of West Alabama, where I also worked as a tutor with Student Support Services, taught English for Upward Bound, and wrote grants for the Office of Sponsored Programs. After graduating, I was employed by the UWA Police Department, where I wrote technical documents, helped write grants, ran statistical data, and worked with a bunch of really cool cops. I really loved using my English background in conjunction with a business setting, and I hope to serve the NMU Writing Center with my background in research and writing during my time as an intern. I believe in the power of writing beyond the classroom and beyond the page.



Hi, my name is Max. I’m currently an MA candidate in the writing track here at NMU. I’m originally from the Chicago suburb of McHenry, Illinois. During my time as an undergraduate at NMU I was lucky enough to tutor for the NMU Writing Center, and I couldn’t be happier to be back. Tutoring is something I fell in love with very quickly. What I love most about tutoring is working with a student to find a unique approach that will assist him or her not only with the paper on hand, but also with future projects. In my free time I can often be found hiking Sugarloaf, relaxing at Little Presque, or grabbing a beer from Blackrocks. 



My name is Molly, and I am a second year graduate student pursuing an MA with concentrations in writing and pedagogy. My writing focus is in creative nonfiction, while my research interests are in developmental literacy and writing. I started working at the NMU Writing Center in 2014, and have since worked as a tutor and as the multilingual resource manager. I am now working with students in EN090 and EN109.


My name is Liz, and I’m very excited to be returning to the NMU Writing Center for my second year as a tutor. I’m a junior English grad bound major, with minors in theatre and writing. I decided to become a writing tutor because it is work in a field that I really enjoy and am interested in, and I love helping others become better writers! My favorite part of being a tutor is the versatility of the job—we get to see all different kinds of people and a wide variety of new work every day, which keeps things pretty exciting. I think my greatest strength as a tutor is helping aspiring authors with fiction pieces, but I’m willing and able to help with anyone’s tutoring needs. When I’m not in class or at work, I enjoy performing, cooking, hiking, reading, and eating cheese.


Hello! I’m Sarah and I’m a junior at Northern studying illustration and completing the honors track. My favorite part about being a writing tutor is watching a person’s writing begin to grow and take shape into what they want it to be. When they realize that they can get their ideas across in the way they want them to be seen is one of the greatest moments of being a writing tutor. When I’m not working in the NMU Writing Center, I’m usually running around coordinating things as the president of Campus Cinema or watching superhero-related TV shows and movies.


Hello, I’m Meghan! I am currently a senior studying English writing with a minor in art and design. This will be my fourth semester at the NMU Writing Center, and I am looking forward to continuing tutoring through this academic year. My strengths as a tutor are generally geared towards different forms of creative writing or analysis pieces, though I will not shy away from your forty-page research paper. Aside from running tutorials, I enjoy asking people their life story, getting too excited about small things, exhaustive philosophical conversations about the nature of abstract concepts, hugs, and doing the occasional dance move. I look forward to working with you! Cheers!



Salutations! My name is Elise. I am a junior here at NMU double majoring in environmental studies & sustainability and English. Aside from my studies, I am involved with the UChapter of To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about mental illness, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors society. When I’m not swamped with homework, tutoring, or meetings, my hobbies include: hiking, reading, writing, traveling, and marathoning the Lord of the Rings movies. Grandville, Michigan is my place of origin; a sprawling suburb about a stone’s throw from Grand Rapids. Someday in the distant and foggy future I would like to combine my majors to work in conservation or sustainability.



My name is Ben, and I'm a second-year graduate student studying literature and writing. I did my undergrad at Central Michigan University, where I was also a WC tutor. I love being surrounded by consultants and students alike who are as interested in the complexities of writing as I am, and I love trying to muddle through those complexities with students. When I'm not here, I'm either taking classes or working on my own writing: fiction of a lot of different types. When I'm not doing that, I'm running, reading, binge-watching TV shows, or eating at virtually every restaurant in Marquette.


My name is Maddy, and I tutor writers. I’m an English major with a history minor, and writing and reading are my passions. It’s sort of my conviction and tutor philosophy that we’re all writers, latent writers, writers under wraps, so I wouldn’t say I teach people how to be writers; I just uncover what was already there. I’m an archaeologist at the ends of the earth, or a covert agent, book-nosed, on the mission of a lifetime. My expertise lies in unveiling truth, that sticky molten substance thick in the hands and hearts of human beings. So take a seat, if you would, and we’ll press and pull that substance till it takes its shape.



Hello everyone! My name is Alaina and I am a junior majoring in English secondary education with a minor in history secondary education. I am from Ishpeming, so I haven’t made it too far yet but hope to travel someday soon. Ireland is at the top of my list! In my free time I enjoy writing poetry, reading whatever I can get my hands on, and endlessly scrolling through Pinterest. When I’m not at the NMU Writing Center, you are likely to find me at Starbucks fueling my serious caffeine addiction. I am in love with fall, Hozier’s music, and the smell of lilacs. My favorite part of tutoring is helping students pinpoint, tackle, and overcome their writing roadblocks. I look forward to working with you!


Hey! My name is Brandon. I'm a junior here at Northern Michigan University. I’m an English writing major and environmental studies minor, because if there’s one thing I love as much as holing myself up in a room and writing, it's goofing around outside until I find something to hole up in a room and write about. I became a writing tutor because I love when people do the thing they love and help other people in doing so. Be the change you want to see in the world, they say. That’s why I eat ice cream for breakfast. As a writer, I dabble in a bit of everything, but I specialize in creative nonfiction and bad poetry. As a tutor, I love cutting down on word count and streamlining sentences, but I’m more than happy to tackle anything that comes through the NMU Writing Center.


My name is Hanna and I am a junior this year at NMU, currently majoring in English/writing with a minor in International Studies. I decided to become a tutor simply because I love to write and I also enjoy sharing my passion and knowledge with others. I love cracking jokes and making people feel at home so please don’t be shy! Working with creative ideas and thoughts is one of my favorite pastimes, so I am looking forward to a hopefully very exciting semester here at the NMU Writing Center!



Hi, I'm Olivia! I am a sophomore at NMU with a double major in English writing and communications. When I'm not buried in a book (whether I've already read it or not), I'm usually binge-watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, and yeah, probably watching more Netflix. I do like getting out and finding something to do outside while the weather's nice, though I am used to the cold weather here. I've lived in Michigan my whole life and even spent a summer living and working in Alaska! If I could, I'd travel more, but I'm more than happy living vicariously through the stories of people who have. I love hearing and reading other people's stories as much as writin


My name is Julia, and I am majoring in zoology, with a minor in anthropology. It is my third year here as an undergrad, and I love being a writing tutor! I took on the job because it was a unique opportunity to use something I was good at to help others and strengthen my resume at the same time. My favorite part of being a tutor is getting to meet so many different people along the way; whether it is a fellow tutor, or someone who needs help on a paper. I also enjoy playing the piccolo in the NMU marching band. My favorite book ever is The Hobbit.



Greetings! My name is Elizabeth, and I am a junior this fall, studying to be an elementary teacher. I love children, and work well with them, having grown up as the oldest child in a homeschooling family of eleven. My favorite activities have always been reading, writing letters to friends and family members, going for hikes, downhill skiing, and working on knitting and crocheting projects. My career goals are to teach in the private Catholic schools of either the U.P. or Maine, my other home state. The opportunity to work with you now is so valuable: I was a writing tutor for two years at Bay de Noc Community College, and learned so much about both teaching and learning from that experience. Most importantly, I discovered the value of stories, the importance of good listening, and how much I can learn from my students!


My name is Kristina, and this is my 7th year at NMU (no, I didn’t ever change my major; I love school so much that I decided to spend an extra three years getting my degree!), and I’ve loved every one possibly more than the last. I am studying secondary education English and health. My favorite part about being a tutor is getting to know all the awesome students I go to school with while being able to help them better their experience with writing, learning, and everything in between. My second favorite part about being a tutor is getting to learn something new each and every time I tutor. When I’m not tutoring or being studious, I like to fish, play tennis, and watch Netflix.


Hi! My name's Tori and I'm a senior here at NMU. I'm currently double majoring in English and French, which is fantastic for my work here at the NMU Writing Center. Since my main focus in college is languages, my greatest strength as a tutor is working with ESL students. I relate well to their unfamiliarity with the English language, and I can share my own strategies for writing in a foreign language with them. Outside of the university atmosphere, you can usually find me either binge-watching Netflix or exploring the shores of Lake Superior; after all, both are great ways to relax!



Hi! My name is Sophia. I’m an English writing major with a minor in philosophy. This semester marks the beginning of my third year at Northern, and the beginning of my second year here at the NMU Writing Center. My strong suit when it comes to writing and tutoring is creative writing, probably because most of my classes revolve around that type of work. That said, I’m ready and excited to work with all kinds of writing. There’s nothing better than learning about environmental conservation efforts, or the best way to treat a burn, or the year’s most significant natural disasters (or whatever it is you’re writing about!) while tutoring. When I’m not in classes or at the WC, I’m at home snuggling with my wiener dog or one of my three cats. I hope to work with you and your writing this semester!



Hello! My name is Bailey and I am a junior double majoring in secondary education English and social studies. My favorite part of tutoring is when people leave the writing center happy and confident after beginning the tutoring session particularly stressed and worried about their paper. I became a writing tutor to get experience for my future career in teaching and because I would help my friends with their papers so often that I figured I would enjoy a job where I can help many people with their papers. When not at the writing center, I can be found trying to teach myself to knit or play piano (with moderate success), reading, and missing my two mini dachshunds back home near Detroit.


Howdy, I’m Val! I’m a senior here at NMU studying earth science with a writing minor. I enjoy being outdoors, collecting rocks, fishing, and taking photos. I like reading all forms of writing, but non-fiction journalism is my favorite. What I like most about being an NMU Writing Center tutor is meeting and helping so many new people.


Hey there! My name is Julianne and this is my third year at NMU. I’m currently pursuing a degree in English secondary education. As an aspiring teacher, being a writing tutor is a fun way to practice what I hope to be doing in the future. The best part about the Writing Center is meeting new people and passing on my love for writing. Whether it’s a research paper, narrative, or lab report, it would be my pleasure to read it over and help out.


Hi, I'm Stephen. I'm a junior majoring in philosophy and English, with a minor in art & design. I'm from the Lansing area; I moved to the UP to escape a mysterious pollution haze that makes sunsets burn pink. I love learning how things work, and exploring different forms of expression. When I'm not tutoring I pretend that my life is a classic movie. I truly wish I were the reincarnation of Lauren Bacall. Outside the Writing Center you might find me swimming laps, hiking, or listening to jazz. I'm super excited to work with you!