Staff

Dr. Jennifer Phillips-Denny - Coordinator of Tutoring

Welcome to the Write Site! I have been the coordinator of the Write Site at Texas Woman’s University since January of 2011. I also teach composition and literature courses in the English Department. I have a variety of teaching experience gained over the past 21 years, including teaching numerous college English courses at TWU, UNT, Grayson College, and Colorado State University. My other experiences in higher education include managing course redesign projects, instructional design, learning technologies, and assessment. I received in B.A. in Sociology from Texas Tech in 1995, an M.A. in English from UNT in 1998, and a Ph. D. in English in 2001. My areas of scholarly interest are Victorian literature, popular culture, and writing center theory and practice.

In my free time you’ll find me hanging out with my husband and son, David and Devin, spoiling our rescue pets, and playing both video and table top games.

I love managing the Write Site, working with our awesome writing consultants, and TWU students!

Charles Dyer - Senior Secretary

Hello! I'm an Arkansas transplant with a degree in English - Creative Writing and an emphasis in Politics that I earned from Hendrix College in 2019. I'm a political junkie, and I'm passionate about journalism. For the past several years, a lot of my time and energy has gone toward political communications. Here in Texas, I spend most of my time helping out the Write Site and the English, Speech, and Foreign Languages department wherever I can. On the weekends, I freelance for local newspapers, and the rest of my time I spend looking after two gerbils, Ellen and Tater, and a rescued cat named Bids. In the time in between I relax with my partner and try to squeeze in a political drama or two on Netflix.

I truly am a believer that good writing can do anything in the world. I suppose it's fitting I've found myself here in the Write Site.

Cari Varble - Student Assistant

Hi! My name is Carli, and I am the Write Site's Student Assistant. I am currently working on my B.A. in English with a minor in education because I want to be a teacher. I have been with the Write Site since Spring 2019, and I do a lot of behind the scenes work to help the Write Site run as smoothly as possible. If you have a question, I most likely have an answer to it. I love working at the Write Site and I am excited to continue helping loads of students have a wonderful experience with us!

Writing Consultants

Abbie
English literature
Writing focus/interests: Creative Writing (fantasy and sci-fi), research, and MLA/APA
Favorite quote: “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” –G.K. Chesterton (summarized by Neil Gaiman)

Daehyun
Graduate Assistant, PhD student English
Writing focus/interests: Storytelling, Digital rhetoric, Multicultural literature, Poetry analysis, Thesis Statements, Research papers, Creative writing, ESL studies
Favorite quote: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Daniel
Graduate Assistant, MA English
Writing focus/interests: Rhetoric, digital literacy, critical theory, MLA style, brainstorming, establishing an argument.
Favorite quote: “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” –Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Desiree
Graduate Assistant, PhD student Rhetoric
Writing focus/interests: Invention technique, rhetorical situation, technical writing, multimodal writing/creating, analysis, organization, paragraphing, topic sentences, and healthy writing practices.
Favorite quote: “An academic discipline, or any other semiotic domain, for that matter, is not primarily content, in the sense of facts and principles. It is rather primarily a lived and historically changing set of distinctive social practices. It is in these practices that 'content' is generated, debated, and transformed via certain distinctive ways of thinking, talking, valuing, acting, and, often, writing and reading.” – James Paul Gee

Elijah
English
Writing focus/interests: poetry (slam), womanist, queer, and afro literature and theory
Favorite quote: "it was all glory then, the winged creatures leaping
like angels, the oceans claiming
their own. Let us rest here a time
like two old brothers
who watched it happen and wondered
what it meant."—Lucille Clifton, “Brothers”

Esther
English Literature
Writing focus/ interests: Essays, poems, short stories, articles, and research papers
Favorite quote: “if you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.” -Sylvia Plath

Graham
English
Writing focus/interests: I enjoy writing stories set in a historical, though fictional, setting. I love history, especially that of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages in Europe.
Favorite quote: "I don't have a favorite quote." - Steve Buscemi

Jourdan
Graduate Assistant, MA Counseling Psychology
Writing focus/interests: APA, research papers, analysis essays, outlining, synthesizing
Favorite quote: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” –Albert Einstein

Kathleen
Program Graduate Assistant, PhD student English
Writing focus/interest: crafting rhetoric, fantasy and sci-fi
Favorite quote: “Look twice before you leap.” –Charlotte Brontë

Lia
Graduate Assistant, MA English
Writing focus/interests: poetry, literary analysis, MLA and APA formatting and citations, thesis statements, and organization
Favorite quote: “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”-Dylan Thomas

Natalie
Graduate Assistant, PhD student Rhetoric
Writing focuses/interests: British literature, feminist and new historical/cultural criticism, fantasy/speculative fiction, young adolescent literature, brainstorming, thesis statements, analytical writing, helping students articulate their thoughts and ideas into the written form, MLA and APA formatting and citations, and helping students overcome their fear of writing.
Favorite quote: “Do I dare/ Disturb the universe?/ In a minute there is time/ For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse” –T.S. Eliot

Rebekah
Graduate Assistant, MA Counseling Psychology
Writing focus/interests: APA; research, especially psychology and political science; brainstorming; organization and outlining
Favorite quote: I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery --- air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy." - Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Regan
Graduate Assistant, English
Writing focus/interests: Research papers, Analytical Essays, Creative Writing, Music History (Anything with music really), Television/Movies, Literature Analysis/Critique, brainstorming, and polishing.
Favorite quote: "I am a Goddess, a glorious female warrior" -Leslie Knope

Sarah
Graduate Assistant, PhD Rhetoric
Writing focus/interests: brainstorming, outlining, thesis statements, research papers, and analytical essays.
Favorite quote: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Taylor
English
Writing focus/interests: multicultural women's and gender studies, feminism, MLA, rhetoric, brainstorming and outlining, research papers, film analysis
Favorite quote: “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ― William Faulkner

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