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.

​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

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

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.

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

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

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

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!

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

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!​

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!