The Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive, welcoming environment where all Graceland students can work together with trained tutor on improving both their writing knowledge and skills.  The Writing Center assists students in all majors and at any stage of the writing process to become better, more confident writers. 

Students will work with writing tutors. These peer tutors are experienced readers and writers specifically trained to assist students of all levels and abilities with their writing.      


Lauren, Macali
Hometown: Maryville, Missouri
Major (s): English & Secondary Education
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Going on long walks, reading, baking
Favorite Quote About Writing: “Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river.” Virginia Woolf
Samantha Brooks
Hometown: Odessa, Missouri
Major (s): Nursing, Minor in Psychology
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Treasurer for McKevit Manor
Favorite Quote About Writing: "You fail only if you stop writing." Ray Bradbury
Maniya Watkins
Hometown: Louisville, Mississippi
Majors (s): Criminal Law and Sociology
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Women’s Basketball player
Favorite Quote About Writing: "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have" -Maya Angelou
Name: Jesse Smoot
Hometown: Near Columbia, Missouri
Major (s): Philosophy & Psychology
Activities outside of the Writing Center: Chess and Reading
Favorite Quote About Writing: “Words and language are not wrappings in which things are packed for the commerce of those who write and speak. It is in words and language that things first come into being and are.” ― Martin Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics
Name: Isabella Herman
Hometown: Grain Valley, Missouri
Major (s):Psychology and English
Activities outside of the Writing Center:  Reading, Crochet
Favorite Quote About Writing: “Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.” -Donna Tartt
Name: Demeia Johnson
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Major (s): Criminal Psychology & Sociology Minor: Hispanic Studies
Activities outside of the Writing Center:  Reading
Favorite Quote About Writing: "A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world." by Susan Sontag
Name: Trevor Rogers
Hometown: Riverton, Illinois
Major (s): Communication
Activities outside of the Writing Center:  Sports fan
Favorite Quote About Writing: “Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers” by Isaac Asimov

Name: Kaylen Schaefer

Hometown: Hemet, CA

Major: English 

Activities outside of the Writing Center: Soccer

Favorite quote about writing: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

Name: Georgia Seagraves
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Major(s): Hispanic Studies and International Studies
Career Goals: High School Spanish Teacher
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Student Pastor, Theater, Chaplain, Music Enthusiast.
Favorite Quote About Writing: "Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences." by Sylvia Plath.
Name: Molly Sharp 
Hometown: Locust Glove, Oklahoma 
Major(s): English, minor in Hispanic Studies 
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: cheer, very active on her hall, which is Paloma! 
Favorite Quote About Writing: "A writer is by nature a dreamer-- a conscious dreamer." by Carson McCullers. 
Name: Jordan Denny
Hometown: Folsom, California
Major(s): Criminal Justice
Activities Outside of the Writing Center: Wrestling, House Council, COSA Representative
Favorite Quote About Writing: "If you have a goal, write it down. If you do not write it down, you do not have a goal -- you have a wish." by Steve Maraboli.


Name: Dr. Roger Powell


Hometown: Creston, Iowa. 



BA, English, Graceland University, 2012

MA, English, University of North Dakota, 2014

PhD, English: Composition and TESOL, 2018, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Activities Outside of Writing Center: Traveling, Playing Video Games, Hiking/Backpacking, Watching the Kansas City Chiefs, and Hanging out with my wife, family, and friends. 


Favorite Quote About Writing: "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all else: read a lot and write a lot." by Stephen King.