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.

MEM Writing Center Tutor Office Hours Kelly 151, Global Classroom or in the Fireside Lounge

Kelly O’Toole’s hours are now by appointment only to accommodate the complex schedules of distance students. Please reach out to her for a Zoom appointment!

Monday 5:00-5:30 Sam (Fireside Lounge)

Tuesday 1:00-2:30 Corrine (Kelly 151)

 Thursday 11:00-12:00 Ellen (Kelly 515)

If you need to meet at a time not listed here, please email the tutors and set up an appointment.  Kelly O'TooleCorinne TruesdellEllen RossSamuel Liebl

The MEM Writing Workshop Tutors

Ellen Ross

Ellen was an English Language Learner tutor during college and first began teaching while serving in Peace Corps Guinea as an agro-forestry volunteer. The village she lived in needed an 11th grade English teacher and assumed that speaking English qualified Ellen. After returning to the states Ellen taught in outdoor education for two years and explored how to share nature with children. Ellen is interested in communication styles and the diverse ways in which people express thoughts and how communication develops between a speaker/writer and listener/reader

Kelley O'Toole

Kelly O'Toole is a first 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. Her current professional work involves grant writing for a Denver-based nonprofit and editing all documents, even transmittal emails, that team members produce for project stakeholders. Kelly enjoys the challenges and rewards that the writing process brings, along with the power that writing can have in communicating messages to a vast array of audiences. 

Sam Liebl

Sam Liebl is a writer with a background in environmental journalism, photography, homesteading and theater. His coverage of Hurricane Harvey for a Houston newspaper earned several awards from the Associated Press. Sam enjoys the challenge of communicating complex issues to a wide audience. As a masters student he works with an inter-agency group to protect the Gunnison Basin’s sagebrush steppe and partners with Coldharbour Institute to promote local agriculture and traditional skills like hide tanning.