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.      

 

 
MEET THE GU STUDENT WRITING TUTORS:
 
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.
 
 
MEET THE GU WRITING CENTER DIRECTOR

 

Name: Dr. Roger Powell

 

Hometown: Creston, Iowa. 

 

Degrees:

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.