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!


​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.  

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.

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​

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.

Melindy Dorcin '17
Major: Biology
Message: My name is Melindy Dorcin. I am a Biology major and I love being a Writing Associate because writing is a skill that applies to all fields of study. In this way, writing is a practice which brings people together. As a Writing Associate, I am able to play a role in this unification process by working with students from different academic backgrounds.

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.

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! ​   

Maggie Elias '17
Major: Public Policy and Law
Minors: Writing, Rhetoric, and Media Arts & Hispanic Studies
Message: There is no skill as important as being able to form cohesive thoughts into writing. I love helping students with this and seeing their writing skills improve every session!

Sedona Georgescu '17
Major: History
Minor: Philosophy
Being a Writing Associate not only allows me to help other Trinity Students, but it also informs me on proper writing techniques. I love that I am able to have genuine conversations with students about their writing and the topics they are studying.

Elizabeth Goetz '176

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. 

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.

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!​

Caroline Howell '18

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.​

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.​

Josh LeBlanc '16

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!

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

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.​

Sarah Messenger '18

Colleen Murdock '17

Major: Art History

Message: I am a Writing Associate, because I enjoy helping others express their ideas and passions through writing.  The Writing Center can give any student the opportunity to grow and improve, and I love sharing and being apart of those experiences.

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!

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. 


Riley Risteen '17

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

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.

Emily Turner '18