Writing Center Staff

Meet the Team

Writing Center Staff

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Colin Bishoff

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Colin Bishoff (he/him/his) is a first-year MFA student in fiction who earned his degree in English/Creative Writing from the University of Georgia in 2014. Born in the lovely Peach State, Colin has lived in Georgia his entire life save for the four years he taught English in public elementary and middle schools in rural southwestern South Korea. Paradoxically, he now prefers persimmons to peaches. He also apologizes for the alliteration. An avid runner and sometime dilettante cook (he tries), Colin's favorite academic and writing topics include twentieth-century literature and film, comma splices, narrative points of view, and the subtle arts of the hyphen and dash. He is also known to wax semi-poetic on his ideas about coffee (black), travel (life-changing), and classic heavy metal (Maiden). Having written on topics ranging from eighteenth-century novels to the original Star Wars film, Colin enjoys reading papers from various disciplines and hopes as a consultant to guide students toward becoming more eager and confident writers. He is most comfortable working with MLA format, but will help with them all. 

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Daria Brown

Undergraduate Peer Tutor
Biography

Daria Brown is a sophomore undergraduate student at Georgia College where she has chosen Criminal Justice as her major. She is also pursuing a double minor in French and Psychology and hopes to attend law school. Daria loves helping students brainstorm and tackle an assignment with as little stress as possible. This is her second year as a tutor, and she looks forward to helping students feel confident about their work. When she is not in the Writing Center, she enjoys true crime documentaries, writing books she’ll never publish, and crafting the perfect smoothie. Her favorite citation styles include MLA, APA, and Chicago on a good day. 

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Auden Eagerton

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Auden Eagerton (they/them/theirs) is a non-binary poet from Lawrenceville, Georgia. They received a Bachelor of Arts in English at Kennesaw State University, and are pursuing their MFA in poetry. Their work has been featured in Exhume, Across the Margin, Digging Through the Fat, Feral: A Journal of Poetry and Art, Swimming with Elephants Press, and other journals. In undergrad, Auden got through writing most of their papers by drinking Coke and eating snacks, so they’re here to help you make a plan to revise and refine your writing (with or without snacks). They are comfortable with MLA format and can help show you how to look up other style guides as well. They also have strengths in sentence structure and creating a defined thesis.

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Tara Heimberger

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Tara Heimberger (she/her/hers) is a first-year MA English student after teaching English and Theatre in a public high school for two years. She received her B.A. Degree in English with a Teaching Certification from the University of North Georgia in 2018. As a Writing Center Consultant, Tara hopes to foster an environment of acceptance, reassurance, and confidence in writing. She has special interests in modernist literature, feminist topics, YA literature, and history, but is happy to help wherever she can! When not working, Tara enjoys decaf coffee, horror films, baking, and pretending she can belt Broadway show tunes. She is most comfortable working with MLA, but can work with you using any style guide.

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Amelia Longo

Graduate Consultant
Biography

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Amelia Longo (she/her/hers) is a first-year MFA creative nonfiction student. She spent most of her life in Philadelphia, except for a couple years at Boston University for undergrad, and a year in Vienna, Austria on a Fulbright Scholarship. She completed her BA in Economics and German at La Salle University. She’s taught writing and theatre to elementary and middle school students with Mighty Writers and Camp Sojourner, and coached high school and college students on application essays. Her own writing has spanned grant and client proposals, experimental plays, pop songs, press releases, tweets, and research papers – on topics from fairy tales to the econometrics of the East African coffee trade, environmental policy to exile and identity, so she’s psyched for whatever you’ve got. She is passionate about equity and inclusion, public libraries, all of the arts, accessibility, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Her writing-related trauma includes having to memorize all the being verbs and prepositions in the fifth grade, and being summarily rejected from twenty different MFA programs over the course of about ten years--so she’s always down to commiserate about yours.

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Natalie Mau

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Natalie Mau (she/her/hers) is a first-year MFA poetry student. She completed her B.A. in English/ Creative Writing with a minor in Women’s Studies from Georgia College in 2016. As a writing center consultant, Natalie hopes to help fellow Bobcats appreciate and take pleasure in the writing process, whether it be for an ecology paper or a poem. She is most comfortable with MLA format but is familiar with APA and Chicago citation styles, as well.

Outside of the academic world, you can find Natalie hanging out on her front porch, perusing the aisles of Milledgeville’s many antique stores, or figuring out how to build something with the scrap lumber she found behind the local hardware store. Her favorite local spot is Buffington’s on a weekday afternoon when the windows are open.

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Shereka Poole

Graduate Consultant
Biography

Shereka Poole is a Milledgeville native. She holds an Associate’s degree from Georgia Military College and BA in English Creative Writing from GCSU. She is currently an MA graduate student at Georgia College. Shereka enjoys reading works by authors like Cormac McCarthy,  Khaled Hosseini,  Tayari Jones, and Daniel Woodrell. She also has a love for writing fiction and hopes to become a published author and a teacher in the future. During sessions in the Writing Center, her preferred citation style is MLA, but can help with any style.

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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 second 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.

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Anne Buchanan

Professional Consultant
Biography

Professor Anne Buchanan earned a BA in English Literature and a Masters Degreed in English from the University of Alabama. She has won a number of prestigious writing and research awards while pursuing her degrees along with a full scholarship and fellowship in teaching English literature at The University of Alabama. Currently she lives in Milledgeville with her daughter who attends GCSU and two twin sons (12), who may occasionally disrupt an online meeting. Additionally, Ms. Buchanan has worked in the biotech field for 17 years, has owned multiple businesses, and held leadership roles in those organizations. She possesses a unique perspective in business writing but is also able to help and mentor students in other academic disciplines—business, healthcare fields, and the liberal arts. She lives quietly on the lake, rides a unicycle, and “manages” her twin sons and a jack Russell terrier. Naturally, she feels confident in multitasking and helping students with their writing needs and providing the basics within the framework of The Writing Center at GCSU.

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Erin Hilburn

Consultant
Biography

Erin Hilburn (she/her/hers) is a sophomore art major concentrating in graphic design. Born and raised in North Georgia, she loves the outdoors, especially if she can enjoy it with her family. Spending so much time outdoors inspired her to pursue creative writing at an early age, and she still presses on through her literary adventures. Erin also has significant experience writing expository, persuasive, and comparison essays, lab reports, and more experience with research papers than she ever asked for. Though most of her experience is with MLA formatting, Erin is equipped to help writers conquer APA and Chicago formatting as well. Her greatest hope in the Writing Center is to help others communicate themselves as a means for understanding others and being understood themselves.

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Mary Mead

Consultant
Biography

Mary Mead (she/her/hers) is a sophomore 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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Grace Cote

Consultant
Biography

Grace Cote (she/her/hers) is a first-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 do not lay solely within the sciences, but also within her fond love of writing, food, and other creative outlets such as music, since she has been playing the saxophone for 8 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 the languages can inspire others to appreciate or find something about the writing process that they might relate to and love as well.