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.

Meet This Year's Writing Associates!


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!

Megan Caljouw ‘20
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.

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!

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: Art History and 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
Majors: American Studies and Public Policy & Law

Julia Gorka '19
Major: Public Policy & 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.

Vianna Iorio '19
Major: English

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
Caroline McKenna '19
Major: Public Policy & 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
Message: 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
Major: Neuroscience
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 Thomas '20
Major: German Studies

Aidan Arnold '21
Major: Political Science
Minor: Community Action
In addition to working at the Writing Aenter, I am a First-Year Mentor and a member of the Mock Trial Team.

Amanda Lafferty '21

Manny Rodriguez  '20
Major: Human Rights Studies and Educational Studies
Minor: Legal Studies
Message: The ability to express yourself through writing is one of the most important skills to have in life. I am lucky to be a Writing Associate and have the opportunity to help others find their voice.


Lillia Schmidt '21
Message: I am so excited to be working as a Writing Associate this year, and not only because I love writing. Our Writing Center is an important place to grow individually, learn collectively, and exchange new ideas that can tear down stereotypes and embrace the diversity here at Trinity. I am proud to be a part of it!

Sara Barrett '21
Majors: English and Eduction
Message: Helping others is a huge part of my life, and being a writing associate lets me to this with something I love: writing! I am so excited to collaborate with my peers and improve them as writers while building my own writing abilities, too. We have so many amazing people on this campus, and I can’t wait to hear their opinions on all different types of topics from their papers.

Macie Bridge '21
Major: English (Creative Writing)
Minors: Writing, Rhetoric & Media Arts and Religious Studies
Message: If there's anything I love more than writing myself, it's definitely helping others to love their own writing. I think that writing is a profound and timeless way to explore ideas and express ourselves, and it's amazing to be able to share in this process with other Trinity students. The Writing Center is such an awesome place for growth, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it!

Tiara Desire-Brisard '19
Majors: English and Public Policy & Law
Message: Writing has held a special place in my heart ever since I was young. I would write short stories based on how I was feeling on that day and add little drawings to create a picture book. As I grew up I continued to write and develop my skills as a writer which helped me in my academic life as well as my personal life. I believe that writing is an important way to express yourself and learn more about the world around you through a highly personal medium.

Madeline Spencer-Orrell, '20
Majors: English and Psychology
Message: Writing is something that will be important throughout life, and everyone can always improve as a writer. I’m excited to help my peers with their writing processes while learning from them through collaboration.

Patrick Simpson '20
Majors: English (Creative Writing) and Film studies
Message: Writing has always been a passion of mine, ever since I worked for my school's literary magazine. The ability to write effectively is a vital skill in the modern world and I'd like to help students develop their understanding of the writing process.

Eleanor Faraguna '21
Major: Psychology and Educational Studies
Message: “The role of the writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”
-Anais Nin
I think the most important process is discovering what we seem unable to say. The Writing Center is a place for this exploration to take place and being a Writing Associate allows me to be a part of this magical process.

Carey Maul '21
Major: English

Hannah Stebbins '20
Major: English
Minor: Rhetoric

Jess Santis '19
Major: Urban Studies
Minor:  Writing and Rhetoric
Message: The writing center has always been one of my favorite resources on Trinity's campus. I'm so excited to be a Writing Associate and have the opportunity to work with students from various backgrounds and maojrs!

Sydney Goldman '21