Writing Center Consultants

Emma CarpenterEmma Carpenter is a senior Writing and Communications major who transferred to Houghton last year. As a freshman, she tutored writing at her local community college, and she’s thrilled to reenter the world of tutoring this year in the Writing Center.

Her love of storytelling began when three-year-old Emma regaled her parents with an improvised “epic quest” tale to pass time on a long car ride, and it has kept her awake at night ever since. Her favorite authors seem to change every time she picks up a new book, but mainstays of her library include C. S. Lewis and Anthony Trollope. A fanatical note-taker, she guards her pencils with a vengeance, lest she be caught unable to record her latest idea for The Next Great American Novel.

When not curled up with a good book or brainstorming stories of her own, she can be found watching 90s-era Disney cartoons, singing along with Broadway cast recordings, and grading pop quizzes for this year's Scholastica honors cohort. She encourages students of all disciplines to stop by the Writing Center and give her the opportunity to geek out over their writing projects.

When not curled up with a good book or brainstorming stories of her own, she can be found watching 90s-era Disney cartoons, singing along with Broadway cast recordings, and working as assistant editor for The Drawing Board. She encourages students of all disciplines to stop by the Writing Center and give her the opportunity to geek out over their writing projects.

Carina MartinCarina Martin is a senior Writing and Communications major who specializes in short fiction, research, and literary analysis.

In elementary school she could be found punching at the keyboard of her father’s ancient, clunky laptop, determined to produce a work of literary genius. Since then, Carina has read avidly and pursued creative and freelance writing in her free time.

Some of her favorite works include the stories of Jorge Luis Borges and Alice Munro, the essays of Wendell Berry and Annie Dillard, and the novels of Marilynne Robinson. Carina travelled to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research to present literature research during her sophomore year, has received awards for non-fiction writing at Houghton, and is currently serving as the editor of the Star—a far cry from her days as a juvenile novelist.

In her spare time, Carina enjoys hiking and biking, rock climbing, photography, and picking the tomatoes out of all her foods. If you need a critical eye on an assignment or just some encouragement during the writing process, stop by and say hello!

Alyssa RoganAlyssa Rogan  is a senior Writing major from Rochester, New York, who, loving all things high school drama, hopes to spend her life writing Young Adult novels. Though she spent her childhood writing and experimenting with just about every genre, her interest in YA roots from serving high schoolers at Young Life’s Saranac Village on work crew and summer staff for the past four Augusts.

The writers she admires most include Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Anne Bronte, and Edgar Allen Poe. Two years ago she won second place in the Faculty Excellence Awards in Literary NonFiction.

When Alyssa isn’t spending her free time writing, she’s either reading, taking a leisurely bike ride around the neighborhood, or dancing around the kitchen and banging on tables whenever a good song comes on the radio. She is also a seasoned sleepwalker. Ask any of her roommates, and they will tell you that she consistently tries to save people in her sleep. She hopes to joyfully encourage her peers as they edit and revise papers this semester.


Bethany Kuiken
is a senior Writing major with minors in Bible, Communications, and Sports Ministry. Hailing from Pompton Plains, New Jersey, she is the youngest of seven kids, and deeply loves her parents, siblings, and sixteen nieces and nephews.

Her passion for writing started when she was about nine years old and published a weekly family newspaper which she called “The Kuiken Express.” Bethany is also passionate about intentional conversations with friends, Chapstick, and missions. For the past three summers, she has interned for Touch the World, a short-term missions organization where she focused on writing devotionals for the youth sent out on mission trips.

Listening to a person’s story is one of her favorite things and her most prized privilege. She dreams of using words to create a breathtaking beauty that encourages anyone who reads them and points them to Jesus.


Bonnie Huegel
is a senior English major who hails from Syracuse, New York and specializes in research, literary analysis, and fantasy fiction. She has loved reading for as long as she can remember. Bonnie was only rarely found without a good book in hand until, somewhere along the way, she came up with the idea to write her own book. She sees literature as an adventure and a means of exploring different possibilities and perspectives, and she is passionate about sharing that experience with others.

Bonnie identifies as a Romantic with a capital R and has a special fondness for Ursula LeGuin; Oscar Wilde; G. M. Hopkins; and of course, William Shakespeare. When not brainstorming or researching for her next great novel, Bonnie can be found baking, taking pictures or chasing birds in the Houghton Woods, watching a Studio Ghibli movie with her friends, or listening to one of her favorite fantasy podcasts.