Writing Center Consultants

Chamberlain Center 101

      “Writing is the painting of the voice.”

                                                      -Voltaire 

Shannon Moore is a senior majoring in English with a minor in History. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and she attributes her love of learning to the variety of people she has met. Shannon is also very passionate about her work as a lifeguard and swim instructor. She can often be found up at the Nielsen Center pool, enjoying the water and sharing her love of swimming with others there. When she is not at the pool, she spends her time studying, reading, gardening, conversing with friends, planning events, writing poetry, and brainstorming story ideas. Shannon has written for the Lanthornand is currently a member of the Lanthornstaff. Whatever your writing needs may be, Shannon is eager to offer her assistance. She also will be serving as a Writing Center “floater” this semester.

Melissa Hodde is double majoring in Environmental Biology and Writing and is the editor-in-chief of the Houghton STAR. She grew up with a passion for teaching and storytelling, embracing the flexibility of being homeschooled to volunteer at nature centers, an elementary school, and a paleontological museum. She enjoys creative writing, exploring in the woods, and playing with her pet rabbit. At Houghton, she participates in the Student Support Network and the Center for Sustainability. Some of her favorite classes at Houghton are in the education department, where she is earning a minor with the hopes of integrating it into her dream of becoming a professional science writer. Her favorite place in the world is London, where she studied in the honors program in 2017 and had a surprising amount of fun editing friends’ papers late at night. If you are struggling with a lab report, looking for feedback on a short story, or working to cement your thesis for an essay, Melissa would be delighted to sit down with you (and any writing partners) over a cup of tea to sort things out between 4:00 and 5:00 pm Wednesdays in Room 204 of the Paine Science Center.

Kayla Simmons, an English and History double major, is currently in her third year at Houghton. Born in North Carolina, she spent the majority of her childhood in Indiana. She has had a deep affection for books since elementary school and enjoys collecting and reading both fiction and non-fiction. She also likes to bake, a hobby inherited from her mother, and to play word games with her dad. Because of her fondness for history, particularly European and art history, Kayla is considering museum work as a career path. She started to develop her writing skills by working in her high school writing center and continued to do so through Houghton’s London Honors program, and she currently serves as the features editor for the Houghton Star. Whether you would like assistance with a specific paper or support in general, Kayla would love to help you develop your writing skills on Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm.

Meghan Rearick is a senior Intercultural Studies Major with a concentration in Missions as well as minors in Writing, Art, and Bible. Over the summers she plays on the Houghton Highlander's lacrosse team, and works as a barista, nanny, and day-camp leader. From a young age, Meghan was passionate about reading, and this passion eventually fueled her desire to begin writing her own works, mostly short stories. She has been intentional about making time for writing classes and protects in her schedule while also pursuing her dreams to travel the world and embrace its unique cultures. One of her future hopes is to own her own coffee shop, which will combine several of her deepest loves: coffee, books, art, and an engaged community. Whether you are looking for help with a specific writing project or just someone to casually converse over a cup of hot liquid, Meghan is excited to bond over writing and always eager to share a mug from her outrageous collection. She will be a “floater” in the Writing Center this semester and hopes she will have the opportunity to meet you.

Anna Schilke is a senior Writing Major (with minors in Spanish, Piano Performance and English) who accidentally discovered a writing career after she was forced by a grandmother to start a blog. Given her life-long habit of devouring any books she could find, Anna enjoys her major because it allows her to keep reading about a variety of things. Her primary study is words, but she has also taken classes in History, International Development, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, and Art. Anna thinks the paper writing process is a delight and has spent many hours helping friends shape their theses, wrangle their prose, and clarify their ideas. As a former assistant to the London Honors Program, she has particular experience with research papers, although she loves other kinds of writing too. Anna also loves jazz music, early mornings, the city of London, taming her unruly hair, and mashed potatoes. She promises that all her paper writing sessions will include both tea and creative metaphors; please stop by to chat between 6:00 and 7:30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Deven Blowers is a senior English and Writing double major, an Honors East Meets West alum, an admissions intern, and an RA in Rothenbuhler Hall. He grew up in a small farming town an hour north of Houghton called Alexander, where Deven spends his summers and winters working in heating and air conditioning with his father and brother. Deven decided to pursue English and Writing because of the encouragement of his mother. At the same time, with his trade experience, Deven has developed a blue-collar, never-settle mentality that he transfers to his academics and work on campus. When not in the Writing Center or Writing Commons working on his latest projects and papers, Deven can be found in Java or in his room in Roth writing poetry and songs, reading classic novels, or watching black-and-white horror movies. He prefers to think outside the box and use unconventional approaches to express his thoughts through writing. If you would like an honest ear and creative mind to share your work with, Deven invites you to come down on Fridays between 3:00 and 4:30 pm.

Nicole Soggs is a junior majoring in Writing, with minors in English and Communication. Coming from the inner city of Buffalo, NY, she finds the peaceful nature surrounding Houghton a nice change of pace. Nicole can usually be found near the stream behind Lambein, listening for God. She loves to leave kind notes for strangers and get the latest in video game news, especially on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.Nicole reads and writes YA fiction and fantasy, and she is currently planning a ten-book series. While imagining scenes for her stories, Nicole often draws inspiration from listening to K-pop. She enjoys journaling and writing short stories on her phone. After finishing her first novel at age 16 (one now hidden in a dark place where no one will ever find it), Nicole has learned plenty from trial and error over the years and is constantly working to improve her craft. She would love to come alongside you in your writing journey. If you would like feedback on a creative piece or help with a paper or assignment, Nicole is more than willing to assist you. You can find her in the Writing Center on Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm.

Grace Sommons, a junior, is double majoring in Writing and Intercultural Studies. After moving every couple of years because her father was a doctor in the Navy, Grace now resides in Vermont, where she enjoys hiking, swimming, and being outdoors. Every night when she was growing up, Grace’s parents read to her, and she still holds tightly to the belief that reading fosters better writers. Grace loves to go thrift shopping for clothes, decorations, books, and old CDs, and she enjoys creating eclectic spaces or outfits. Being an Intercultural Studies major, Grace also enjoys learning about other cultures. This love developed especially after she participated in the East Meets West Honors program, which took her to parts of Europe that were distinctly different from her normal surroundings. She is going to East Africa in the spring and hopes to expand her worldview by experiencing first-hand what life is like there. She would love the opportunity to work with you on any research paper, creative writing assignment, or essay you bring her way! Her center hours this semester are Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:00 pm.

Abigail Reeth is a senior majoring in Writing and Art as a Second Major. She grew up in the inner city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she has explored various ethnic foods and has appreciated the work of local artists. Since arriving at Houghton, she has enjoyed the challenges of completing the East Meets West Honors program and receiving first place in the 2017 Faculty Excellence Awards for Literary Non-Fiction. She strives to balance her academic pursuits with her participation on the women’s soccer team and track and field team. In her free time, Abigail enjoys reading both fiction and nonfiction books about social justice and cultural diversity. She is eager to listen as people share stories of personal experiences, and she loves finding creative and expressive ways to play with words. Abigail looks forward to encouraging the written pursuits of anyone who wants to stop by to chat, exchange stories, or contemplate the diverse beauty surrounding us. You will find her in the Writing Center 9:15-10:45 am each Wednesday.