MEM Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop tutors offer assistance at any point in the writing process: brainstorming, outlining, polishing a final draft, or preparing a piece to submit for publication. Students can reach the tutors by email or find them during their office hours. Kelly O’Toole specializes in distance-student support and can set up Zoom sessions.  Each tutoring session aims to improve key aspects of a piece, not always to polish it to perfection. Tutors can also help graduate students meet the writing goals set by their faculty mentors.

Studies show that integrating consistent feedback through revision is one of the best ways to improve writing in the long term.


To make an appointment, email in person or via Zoom, email the group at or contact any individual you especially want to work with: Kelly O'Toole; Corinne Truesdell; Samuel Liebl; Lizzy Bauer.

The MEM Writing Workshop Tutors



Kelley O'Toole

Kelly O'Toole is a second year MEM student with extensive experience in writing at the graduate level. During her time as a masters student in Cultural Anthropology at CU Boulder, Kelly also graded papers, created essay rubrics, and provided guidance on students' academic writings. She is currently an administrative support assistant for the Division of Natural Resources and Fire Management at the Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Office. In May 2019, the Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES), a small Denver-based nonprofit, received a $20,000 grant from the Outdoor Happiness Movement based on the grant application Kelly wrote as the former IES Sheridan Quincy Trail Project Manager. Kelly now serves as the volunteer IES Tree Steward Coordinator for their Sheridan Quincy Trail site, where she helps care for young native plants and connects with local community members.

Sam Liebl

Sam Liebl is a multimedia storyteller with a background in newspaper journalism and photography. He regularly contributes to regional magazines and newspapers and produces radio news stories for the Gunnison Valley’s NPR station, KBUT. As a masters student he works with an inter-agency group to protect the Gunnison Basin’s sagebrush steppe from invasive plants, and, as a member of the Mountain Resilience Corps, he is collaborating with film makers in Gunnison and in Panama to make a film about climate change adaptation and mitigation. He is a Coldharbour Institute Clark Fellow and the District Manager of the Gunnison Conservation District.

Corinne Truesdell

Corinne Truesdell did her 4 year undergrad at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She majored in anthropology, studying the environmental and social effects of the 3/11 Disaster as well as grassroots renewable energy efforts in Kushiro, Hokkaido. Corinne's tutoring experience began while helping her classmates' with their writing assignments as well as English Language tutoring. She was later recruited to edit grant proposals, resumes, research papers, and creative writing projects from professors and students of all English-speaking abilities. She looks forward to helping you develop your writing skills to let your voice be clearly heard

Photo of Lizzy Bauer

Lizzy Bauer completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Humboldt State University before leading a career in environmental education. Through her work with public lands agencies, non-profits and outdoor schools, she gained extensive experience in developing and conducting informational programs as well as creating educational materials for nature-based instruction. Most recently, she produced a variety of public and professional communications such as press releases, newsletters, web content and grants for the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association. She still enjoys creative writing as a hobby and is happy to spend time with other students helping them develop their own style and voice through intentional structure and grammar.