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 marked our 25th anniversary!

Meet This Year's Writing Associates!


​Manny Asencio ‘18
Major: English, Psychology
Writing is a skill that is necessary in all aspects of life. As a Writing Associate, I particularly enjoy helping people develop that skill. The greatest part about the Writing Center is that it’s a two-way street: I learn as I tutor and that is definitely the best part.

Lexie Axon ‘19
Major: English
Minors: Writing, Rhetoric, and Media Arts & Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Message: The two things I love most are writing and helping others, so working at the Writing Center is the perfect place for me! I love hearing different students’ opinions on literature, history, current events, and any other topics their papers consist of. Working at the Writing Center has allowed me to broaden my own knowledge while also allowing me to help others!

Sarah Beckmann '18
Major: English
Being a Writing Associate at Trinity is allowing me to do what I love most with others; even though I enjoy creative writing in particular, I feel confident doing any task that involves writing in general. I believe that writing well is an important skill to have, especially going into the working world where sometimes people have a difficult time writing coherently. That's why I want to help improve other students' writing habits, while in this process improving my own.

Megan Caljouw ‘20

Majors: French and English Literature

Message: Personally, I love writing because it allows me to explore languages on a deeper level. Being a Writing Associate not only lets me help others learn, but it also lets me learn from others and their experiences. This learning exchange encourages a close-knit community here at Trinity. Helping others with writing has always been one of my favorite activities, because it allows us to understand one another better, regardless of our backgrounds.

Bhumika Choudhary  '18
Major: Economics and English
Minor: Writing, Rhetoric, and Media Arts
Message: It is an absolute delight to be a writing associate because it is an invaluable experience to  share one’s writing with a peer. I believe that one of the best ways to enhance one’s writing is by discussing it with another individual. 

Sarah Connors  '18
Major: Psychology
Minor: Writing, Rhetoric, and Media Arts

Message: The Writing Center is a place where all students can grow and excel as writers. I love meeting new people and being apart of that process!

Matt DeMichele IDP

Message: Writing for a class, or even for leisure, can sometimes feel like daunting effort. That's where we come in. If you're unsure how we might best be able to help you with your unique assignment, might I just say that each tutor here at the Trinity Writing Center is well equipped to work with any student in any major with any project, even if it's a physics lab report. If you decide to come by, you'll likely find encouragement, some refinement, and definitely candy....there always seems to be TONS...of CANDY!

Alex Denoto '18

Message:I love to write because it is my favorite method of communication with the world that will last forever. As a writing community, the Writing Center helps and allows all of us to write, to effectively put our thoughts on paper, which I think brings us all one step closer to changing the world.

Haley Dougherty '18
Major: Public Policy and Law

All day I look forward to my night shift at the Writing Center excited to learn something new from the students I meet. During a session, I have the chance to listen to a student's stream of thoughts and ideas. I love being able to help guide my peers in translating these ideas into cohesive writing. I have seen how this process empowers students to take control of their own voices. I leave every shift energized and imspired by those I've met.

Max Eichner '20
Major: Public Policy and Law

Message: Ever since I was a peer tutor in high school, I have always enjoyed working with others. Being a fluid and coherent writer is such an important skill and I look forward to assisting others in developing their own style and voice. The Writing Center is a great place to not only improve writing, but cultivate diverse ideas regarding the writing process.


Max Fertik ‘19
Major: International Studies and Art History
Minor (intended): Studio Art

Message: Generally, being a writing associate allows me to take part in the active campaign to foster good writing skills. But I truly love to help students fully express themselves in the most authentic and creative way through constructive conversation.
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” -Virginia Woolf

Celeste Gander ‘19
Major: Human Rights Studies

Minors: Legal Studies and French Language

 Message: To me, the most exciting aspect of being a Writing Associate is having the opportunity to work closely with my peers and learn from their questions and thoughts about writing. The Writing Center is special because it’s a place for continuous growth for everyone. I’m always looking to further develop my own skills as a writer, and I really believe that collaborating with others and discussing different writing techniques is a perfect way to do this (surprise, Writing Associates love using the Writing Center too!).

Jenna Gershman '20

Julia Gorka '19
Major: Public Policy and Law

Message:   “Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing.” –Gertrude Stein
I enjoy every opportunity I get to work with students on improving their writing skills. I believe that as writing skills are improved, everyone develops a greater love of writing. My favorite part of being a writing associate is seeing students walk out of the writing center feeling more confident in their ability to articulate their thoughts.

Tucker Hallowell '18
Major: Political Science (International Relations)
Minors: English (Creative Writing); Writing, Rhetoric, and Media Studies

Message: Writing and rhetoric are both applicable to all aspects of life, may it be professional or social. Working as a writing associate at Trinity not only allows me to utilize my skills as a writer and communicator to help improve the skills of the student, but also to improve on my own abilities as well. The writing center turns provides a place where students can see their writing process as it extends beyond just task at hand. Furthermore, the writing center is a place where students, and associates alike, can feel comfortable with and engaged in collaborative writing processes.

Lydia Herndon '18
Major: Classics

"We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand." - C.S. Lewis 
I love seeing writers grow in understanding through the writing process.

Caroline Howell '18
Major: Psychology and Anthropology

Message: Being able to produce strong, persuasive, and well-organized writing is one of the most important assets a person can have. At the Writing Center, I am excited by the opportunity to help my peers strengthen their writing and learn how to do so by themselves the next time. I enjoy reading what others are writing and trying my best to make grammatical rules easier to understand.

Vianna Iorio '19
Major: English

Michaella Kendrick '19

Major: Human Rights Studies

Message: I used to hate writing, but when I got to Trinity and started taking classes in subjects I really loved like Human Rights, I started seeing the value in being able to express myself clearly and make arguments I was passionate about. I hope to help other Trinity students see the value in writing in their own areas of interest, no matter what that might be.

Maddy Kirton '19
Major: Political Science
Minor (intended): History

Message: “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Noelle Lucien '20

Message: Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been passionate about stories, whether that be writing them or reading them. I’m so excited for this opportunity to be a Writing Associate because I hope I can inspire people to love writing as much as I do.

Louisa Mahoney '19
Major: English and Art History

Kira Mason '18
Major: English 
Concentration in Creative Writing

Message: "A writer is one who has trained his [or her] mind to misbehave" - Oscar Wilde
Name: Caroline McKenna
Major: Public Policy and Law
Minor: Writing Rhetoric and Media Arts

“The difference between the almost right word and the rightword is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
― Mark Twain

The first time I came to the Writing Center I knew right away that I wanted to be a writing associate.  I have found this to be such a comforting place on campus and a wonderful resource for improving writing of all kinds. 

Connor Merinder '19

Message: Everyone has a new and interesting voice and reading that in their writing brings a whole new perspective to the paper. I've always loved writing and I've always loved helping people.

Sarah Messenger '18
Majors: Biology and Environmental Science

Writing is such an important skill to develop but is so intimidating to many people. That’s where the Writing Center comes in. Whether it’s a lab report, close reading essay, or cover letter, my favorite part of working in the Writing Center is helping students gain confidence in their skills as writers.

Mya Peters '18
Major: Psychology

I love helping people. It is my vocation in life. Being a Writing Associate allows me to fulfill my life's purpose while helping you become a better writer!

Zachary Plaut  '20

Richard Samuelson  '18

Message:  I am Richard Samuelson. I love writing because it connects me to the music of the spheres. I sometimes call myself one of the awakened: I discovered my third eye at two-thirty in the morning during my Sophomore year. Come to the writing center, and we will explore the cosmos together.

Rachel Therrien '18

Major: Public Policy and Law

Message: “You can make anything by writing.”    — C.S. Lewis

Sarah Thomas  '20

Major: German Studies

Emily Turner '18

Majors: English and Language and Culture Studies

Message: The Writing Center is one of my favorite places on campus not only because it houses comfy chairs, exciting conversations, and lots of candy, but also because I never leave without having learned something new. Whether you're brainstorming, organizing your thoughts, or putting the finishing touches on an assignment, swing by the Writing Center so we can help answer all your writing questions!

Tricia Whitehill '20