Writing Center Staff

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Writing Center Staff

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Writing Center consultant Kieran Binney

Kieran Binney

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Kieran Binney (they/them/theirs) is a first-year MFA poetry student. They grew up in Scotland, went to high school in Massachusetts, and graduated from Roger Williams University in 2021 with a BFA in Creative Writing and a double minor in Music and Theatre. They’ve been published in The Allegheny Review and placed second in a campus-wide poetry slam. As an undergraduate, Kieran was managing poetry editor and lead copy editor for their school’s literary magazine, Mount Hope, so they bring a sharp eye for sentence-level revision as well as global structure and organization. Outside of academia Kieran is a dedicated cat person, lapsed folk musician, and ocean enthusiast. They are most familiar with MLA formatting, but can work with any style guide. 

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Writing Center tutor Ashlee Brown

Ashlee Brown

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Ashlee Brown (she/her/hers) is a first-year MA student focusing on English Lit. She grew up in Dublin, Ga about 45 minutes from Milledgeville and considers this her second home. She is a new alumnus of Georgia College where she just recently earned her Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Ashlee has recently discovered a passion for all things cooking and kitchen and even spent last summer learning to brew her own kombucha. She loves to spend time learning new recipes and visiting the farmer’s market for seasonal fruits and herbs to spice it up! She hopes to show students through tutoring that writing can be enjoyable and expressive! She is most comfortable with MLA format, but will be happy to assist you with all different writing styles. 

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Grace Cote

Undergraduate Peer Tutor
Biography

Grace Cote (she/her/hers) is a second-year biology major with a minor in Spanish language and culture. As a driven student, she aspires to further her learning by eventually applying to dental school in hopes of becoming an orthodontist. Her passions go beyond the sciences to a fondness for writing, food, and other creative outlets such as music; she has played the saxophone for eight years. When it comes to writing, Grace has a set of skills that are very well rounded, but she is especially good at helping students brainstorm, outline, and organize their papers. She can help any student with any topic, but since she is a STEM major, she will be particularly helpful to those with lab reports and other science/environmental-based papers. Grace ultimately hopes that her love for writing and languages can inspire others to appreciate or find something about the writing process that they might relate to and love as well.

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Writing Center consultant Maddie Davis

Maddie Davis

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Maddie Davis (she/her/hers) is a first-year MFA non-fiction student from Rhode Island. She graduated from Salve Regina University in 2019 with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing. While in college, Maddie was lucky enough to study abroad in Oxford, England where she developed a love for travel, English Breakfast tea, and Doctor Who. She was Editor-in-Chief of her college’s literary magazine, The Willow, so she loves to help out with the revision process. She has spent the last two years tutoring students of all ages and is excited to continue to help students while at the Writing Center. Outside of academics, Maddie enjoys crossword puzzles, eating mint chocolate chip ice cream, and rewatching her favorite Marvel movies. She is most comfortable with MLA format, but will help with all the different styles.

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Writing Center consultant Sherri-Anne Forde

Sherri-Anne Forde

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Sherri-Anne Forde (she/her/hers) is a first-year MFA student in poetry, who earned her B.S. in Human Services with a minor in Professional Writing in 2014 from Kennesaw State University. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Kennesaw, Georgia, she considers herself a Southern Belle at heart – one who fully leans into her Caribbean heritage, mastering not only the art of Southern mac and cheese, but also the art forms of Guyanese curry and roti. In her spare time, she likes to pretend that she is an amateur chef. Other than cooking, Sherri-Anne is also passionate about travel. She taught English as a second language abroad in Spain and India, which led her to later pursue her passion for travel through flight attending. As a Writing Center Tutor, Sherri-Anne hopes to cultivate an environment of inclusivity and warmth while pursuing confidence in the writing process with students. She is most comfortable working with APA format, but she can work with students using all formats.

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Writing Center consultant Hillary Hencely

Hillary Hencely

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Hillary Hencely (she/her/hers) is a first-year MA student in English. She grew up in middle Georgia and is an alumnus of Georgia College, where she earned her Bachelor’s in English with a minor in history. She has experience with MLA and Chicago formatting but is eager to assist with whatever is needed. Until very recently, she was a library assistant at Washington Library in Macon. She spends a lot of her time reading whatever she can get her hands on; however, she also enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix, baking cupcakes, and writing the occasional fanfiction.  

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Writing Center tutor Haley James

Haley James

Undergraduate Peer Tutor
Biography

Haley James (she/her/hers) is a second-year English literature major with a minor in management information systems. She was born and raised in Dacula, Georgia, but her family recently moved to Bethlehem, Georgia. She hopes to one day work as a business analyst. Although she is most well-versed in MLA format, Haley is comfortable with scientific papers as well, and she will be happy to help you with MLA, Chicago, APA, or anything else you may need. Haley loves her dog, her friends and family, and going to the movies.  

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Writing Center tutor Lindsey Kellog

Lindsey Kellogg

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Lindsey Kellogg (she/her/hers) is a second-year MA student with a concentration in Theatre, Fine Arts and Film. She received her B.A. Degree in Theatre from Georgia College and State University. She is most comfortable with MLA format, but is open to assist with additional writing styles. Lindsey also is an avid writer of both creative fiction and non-fiction. When she is not involved with academics she is a House Church Leader and is also involved with other campus ministries as well. Her free time activities include anything Fine Arts related, Musical Theatre and Jesus! Lindsey also enjoys green smoothies, funny jokes, anything Disney and a unique bowl of Pho when she is home. She looks forward to working with you all.

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Writing Center consultant Rachel Kerger

Rachel Kerger

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Rachel Kerger (she/her/hers) is in her first year of the graduate program to obtain her Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing. Having grown up in the Midwest, Rachel attended the University of Northern Iowa where she completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology while getting minors in both Mental Health and French. After college, Rachel joined the Peace Corps and served in Belize as a health educator working with elementary kids. As a writing center consultant, Rachel’s goal is to help students become more confident in their work, whether they are writing a paper, crafting a poem, or dictating a speech. When it comes to writing, she is most confident in APA and MLA formats, but she also has some experience with Chicago style. When she’s not writing, Rachel enjoys spontaneous road trips, frequenting local coffee shops, and collecting way more books than she will ever find the time to read. 

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Writing Center consultant Aron Liebig

Aron Liebig

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Aron Liebig (he/him/his) is a first-year MFA student studying fiction. He earned a degree in Sport Management from the University of Michigan in 2018 and worked in advertising as a copywriter ’til the day he arrived in Milledgeville. As a Writing Center Consultant, Aron strives to make composition more approachable and empower you to see the potential in your ideas, abilities, and work. He has dabbled with Chicago and MLA citation styles but is most comfortable with APA…or helping you overcome blank page syndrome. Some of his interests outside of literature include road trips, going down click holes, and getting into good trouble. 

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Writing Center tutor Julia McCool

Julia McCool

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Julia McCool (she/her/hers) is a first-year MA student studying English Literature. Julia grew up in Suwanee, Georgia, and she developed a love of Shakespeare after playing Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. Partially due to her love of the bard, Julia majored in English Literature and minored in Theater at Georgia College for her undergraduate degree. In college, Julia was a student ambassador, the social chair for Eta Sigma Alpha, and a leader with the student ministry Kudzu. After receiving her BA in 2019, Julia taught English to 9th and 10th graders. Most of her favorite teaching memories involve making a fool out of herself when she would turn a scene from Romeo and Juliet into a dramatic one-woman show. In her free time, Julia enjoys puzzling, singing, collecting tea, and visiting Blackbird. Julia would love to help you out at any stage of your writing process! She is most comfortable with MLA format, but is happy to help with APA and Chicago as well. Julia hopes to help writers find their voice. 

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Mary Mead

Undergraduate Peer Tutor
Biography

Mary Mead (she/her/hers) is a junior music major and English minor. She was born and raised in the Milledgeville area. She loves traveling, making music with friends, reading good books, and spending time outside in the sunshine (or rain). She enjoys writing both fiction and non-fiction, and she especially loves writing short stories. Mary enjoys all stages of the writing process, and is especially excited to help students by working with the outlining and organizing process as well as the revision and proof-reading process. She is comfortable with writing, reading, and providing feedback in a variety of writing styles, and while she is most familiar with MLA formatting, she can help students with APA and Chicago styles as well. Her number one goal as a tutor is to help students feel more comfortable with (and excited about!) the writing process. 

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Writing Center consultant Marlee Ruark

Marlee Ruark

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Marlee Ruark (she/her/hers) is a first-year MA English student from Bostwick, Georgia. She graduated from Brewton-Parker College (BPC) in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Christian Studies. During her two and a half years at BPC, Marlee was a member of the women’s soccer team, worked for the marketing department as a writer, led worship at BPC’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries, and worked as a student tutor for English and Christian Studies in BPC’s Academic Success Center. She is excited to begin working as a Writing Consultant in GCSU’s Writing Center so she can continue to help others become more confident and proficient in their writing abilities. Marlee enjoys assisting others through every step of the writing process, but her favorite part is helping create outlines and ideas for academic essays. Even though most of Marlee’s experience is in MLA and Turabian formatting, she is willing to work with any citation style needed. She hopes to not only assist others with school-related assignments, but to help others find ease with writing and composition.

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Kate Sturdevant

Kate Sturdevant

Undergraduate Peer Tutor
Biography

Kate (she/her/hers) is a junior Psychology major at Georgia College with a Spanish minor. She plans on getting her B.S in Psychology, and continuing on in hopes of pursuing a Ph.D in some sort of field in Psychology. She still has a lot to figure out, but she knows that helping people with their daily struggles is definitely her calling! Her ultimate goal is to provide counseling to individuals suffering from mental illness or eating disorders, but has also shown interest in working with college students who need help creating their path in life. She has always been interested in how the mind works, and has always liked to identify problems and produce possible solutions. She is especially good at helping students with proper formatting, grammar, organization, thesis statements, and what to include in introduction/conclusion paragraphs; she feels comfortable helping students at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas, to starting  their paper, or proofreading the final product. Her preferred writing style is MLA, but is also familiar with APA. She is most comfortable with English, Philosophy, and Psychology research papers, but will do her best to help with papers from any discipline. Although she is not an English major, she has always had a passion for words and loves helping students become more confident and proud of their writing!

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Shannon Yarbrough

Shannon Yarbrough

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Shannon Yarbrough (she/her/hers) is a third year MFA candidate with a focus on Creative Nonfiction. She has been tutoring writing for over a decade and loves all stages of the writing process. She especially likes brainstorming, so make an appointment with her early in your writing process and get off to a strong start! She also loves working with a “messy” paper to find the main ideas and craft a strong thesis statement, as well as assisting with application essays of all kinds. If you have an oral presentation or a speaking engagement, Shannon can help you prepare for that, as well. She lives in Atlanta with her daughter and dog and has passions for international travel and trying new foods.