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 5-5:30 p.m Sam (Fireside Lounge)

Tuesday 1-2:30 p.m. Corrine (Kelly 151)

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

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

Headshot of Emily Downing

Emily Downing received her undergraduate degree in Print Journalism from the University of Montana before going on to work as a guide in northwestern Montana for five years. While working as a guide, she volunteered as the Managing Editor for Outdoor Women's Alliance, where she developed a learning-based editing approach to help aspiring female writers navigate outdoor media. Emily is interested in how writers communicate content to specific audiences. She also enjoys helping writers self-edit for concision.