Writing Associates

Who are the Writing Associates?

All Writing Associates are current Trinity College Students who exhibit excellence in the art of writing and share a passion for improving the writing of their peers using a collaborative approach. Writing Associates are selected from a wide variety of academic majors, and are identified by their professors as outstanding writers. Writing Associates undergo a rigorous training curriculum that includes completing RHET 302, Writing Theory and Practice. The Writing Associates Program was created in 1989 to supplement faculty efforts and encourage a positive writing culture at Trinity. ​

2014 marks our 25th anniversary!


Meet This Year's Writing Associates!


​Hamdi Abdi '16
Major: Biology
Message: Said by The Women herself, "Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written eleven books, but each time I think, 'Uh oh, they're going to find out now. I've run a game on everybody and they're going to find me out." Let Dr. Angelou reassure us all that writing is not all about conviction and persuasion. We are all struggling to convey our message.  

​Natalie Behenna '15

Major: English Literature, Psychology​

Messa​​ge: My favorite part of being a Writing Associate is being a part of a writer’s "Aha!" moment, when an idea comes up in the session and the writer finds something exciting in their work.

Shannon Burke '16

Major: Economics

Minor: English Literature and Medieval and Renaissance Studies 

Message: While writing can be productive, it is also a creative process that through the free flow of ideas can never be boring. If you disagree, come to the Writing Center and ​meet people who enjoy nothing more than helping YOU work your way through the creative process of writing. For me, working on a paper with a student that finds new ideas and interpretations in the topic is the best part of the job. Plus there's candy...

Madeline Burns '16
Major: English
Minor: Classics
“I have rewritten – often several times – every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.” – Vladimir Nabokov​

Marie Christner '15
Major: German Studies, English Literature
Message: Being a Writing Associate is very important to me, because writing is such an integral part of the college experience. Hopefully I will see you all in the writing center!

​Alex Deluse '15

Major: English Literature

Message: Being able to write well is important no matter what classes you are in and can be used in every aspect of your life. I’m hoping to help make the writing process a little bit easier for you.​

Brian Dones '15
Major: Economics

Brendan Dowling  '16

Major: Economics

Message: Hi everyone! At the heart of liberal arts education is the ability to organize and clearly express one's thoughts across all disciplines. At the Writing Center, we can use any assignment as a means to promote this important skill. I hope to meet and work with you soon! ​   

Peter Ganem '15
Major: Public Policy & Law
Minor: Writing
Message: No matter what I do after Trinity, I have always been interested in helping others and I have always loved to see others succeed with my guidance.

Domoniqu​e Griffin '17

Major: Psychology, Educational Studies

​Message: I have always loved to write and I look forward to helping people work through the writing process regardless of their field of study. 

Claire Hogan '16

Major:  Public Policy & Law

Message:  The Writing Center is important because strong writing skills are beneficial in any area of study, and you can never stop improving!​

Emily Horn '15
Major: American Studies, Religion
Message: I am excited to get to work in the writing center, so please stop by!

Griffin Hunt '17

Major: Public Policy & Law

Minor (intended)Philosophy 

Message: Being a Writing Associate lets me answer what I feel to my calling: helping others. Tutoring has given me a sincere passion for working with students and for helping to scaffold confidence within writers.​

Varun Konanki '15

Major: Neuroscience

Message: I enjoy being a Writing Associate because I believe it is a learning experience for both the person I am helping and myself​.

Alice Khabituyeva '17
Major: Economics, Mathematics
Minor: French
Message: Writing is a mental exercise. Perform it regularly and you will not only be a better writer, but also a better thinker and communicator. Hey, you might even become a better person.​

Joy Kim '17

Major: Urban Studies

Message: Writing is a skill which we can never stop improving. It’s my hope and passion that anyone, at any walk of life, can come into the Writing Center and find ways to refine your voice and new methods of expressing yourself. 

Madeleine Kim '16

Major: English Literature

Message:  I love being a Writing Associate because I get to help others find their voice and express themselves in new ways.​

Sha Li '16
Major: Economics
Message: I have thoroughly enjoyed helping my fellow peers become more confident and effective in their writings. Please don’t hesitate to stop by; I look forward to meeting you soon!

Ana Medina ‘16

Major: Psychology

Minor: Writing, Rhetoric & Media

Message: I enjoy being a Writing Associate because I find great value in the exchange of ideas and information shared between all types of student writers.​

Erica Quinones '16

Major: Biology​

Message: I have always enjoyed writing and as a Writing Associate, I love that I can help my fellow classmates at Trinity. 


Forrest Robinette '16

Major: English Literature, Theater

Message: Communication is the bedrock of human progress. Here at the Writing Center we will nurture this most important skill.​

Elaina Rollins ‘16 

Major: Education

(I am currently studying abroad this semester. See you in Spring 2015!)

Will Schreiber-Stainthorp '15

Major: Neuroscience

Message: There are three ways to meet people: on the ground, underwater, and via the written word. If you’re like me, and value having friends besides your parents, then you need to be good at all three. Come in to the writing center, and we’ll work together to make you - and me - stronger and more beloved individuals.

Sierra Slade '15
Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Philosophy
Message: Writing is an essential skill in college and beyond, so I encourage you all to stop by. I look forward to working with you!

Sara Smith '15

Major: Economics

Minor: Formal Organization, French

Message: In my college career, I’ve learned how valuable feedback is during the writing process and have enjoyed providing feedback to my peers as a Writing Associate.​

Nykia Tanniehill '15

Major: American Studies 

Minor:  Writing, Rhetoric & Media  

Message:  I’m always learning as a Writing A​messssociate. Whether it’s a new topic in writing or a research topic I’ve never explored, every discussion is fresh and exciting. ​   

Molly Thoms '17

Major (intended):  Educational Studies, Hispanic Studies 

Minor (intended):  Urban Studies

Message:  Being a Writing Associate allows me to combine three of my greatest passions: being a human thesaurus, meeting terrific people, and eating ridiculous amounts of candy. So come to the Writing Center. We'll help you become a more confident writer, satisfy your sweet tooth, and show you that writing is a cool, creative, and collaborative process!​

Evan Turiano '16

Major:  American Studies​

Minor: Legal Studies

Message:  Being a Writing Associate is important to me because I think that it’s very important to have opportunities to work with peers rather than professors.

Abigail Whalen ‘15

Major: Biology (Pre-med)

Message: Writing is important across all disciplines. As a scientist, I have found writing extremely useful! How else would we learn, if not from reading past words written by successful achievers in the field?​