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Adria: MLA, APA, Literature, Teacher Education, Understanding the Assignment

Bio: Adria received an AA in Social Sciences in 2005, and is currently pursuing a BA in Literature here at UHCL. She plans on teaching English to middle schoolers soon.
Adria believes a writer is always changing: “I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then” (Lewis Carroll). We are always changing the ways we think and learn, which affects how we write. Because of this, it is important to have an understanding of your writing process, maintain a reflective academic life, and have people to support you in your academic growth.

When not tutoring, studying hard for her classes, or writing brilliant papers, Adria enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs: McLovin and Napoleon.

Ann: Business and Technical Writing, Academic Argument, Teacher Education, Literature, APA

Bio: Ann received a master’s of English in the mid 80’s and has been working in the writing field off and on since then. In that time period, she has taught composition at several levels, technical writing, and business writing. She settled down to tutoring 7 years ago, having found her bliss in working one-on-one with students. Currently she is studying the ways students and tutors are polite to each other, ways that they use language to ensure that both are able to maintain self-esteem during the session. She hopes that this study may help tutors put students at ease.

Diana:Journalism, magazine/feature and profile writing, journaling, organization, brainstorming, research, free writing and editing for clarity.

Bio: has a B.A. in Communication from UH-Clear Lake and is a freelance journalist whose work has been published in three major newspapers and numerous magazines. She has years of experience in all stages of the writing process and enjoys helping others express themselves through writing. A lifelong reader, she is happiest when surrounded by books, bicycles and food.



Ivy: Building rapport, ESL and grammatical issues, Understanding assignments

Bio: Ivy has a BA from Rice University in Psychology. She is currently working as a Writing Tutor at Houston Community College, and endeavoring to complete a LITR degree from UHCL. In another life she was a freelance photographer for the Houston Chronicle. She paints, sculpts, designs jewelry, creates stained glass lamps, and considers herself to be a fine artist/photographer/writer. She has published several books of poetry, and edited books of photography, textbooks, and biographies for other writers. She has her own publishing company.

Jeff: MLA, APA, Literature, Education, Brainstorming and Prewriting Strategies, Advanced Writing, Creative Writing, Coping with Pressure/Anxiety

Bio: Jeff Derrickson, a native of Indiana, shares the notions of ancient Babylonians that writing is the only one true way to reach immortality. Jeff believes that one can never reach an endpoint of learning when it comes to writing, and that even masters of the craft can learn something new every once and a while. It is for that reason and more that he chose to enter the teaching profession. He feels right at home at the UHCL Writing Center because it is a perfect venue to aid him in his quest to emphasize the arts in English Language Arts. Jeff can be found in the wild teaching 11th grade English.


Jerry: Creative Writing, Chicago/Turabian documentation, History

Bio: Jerry has an MA in Literature and a BA in History. His published work includes poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and song lyrics. He struggles with words and revels in playing guitar which keeps his mind off his struggle with words. He is also a ceramic artist and a practitioner of Aikido


Katie: Chicago Style, Art History, APA Style, Non-Native Speakers, Bilingual Speakers, Students with Disabilities, Digital Media Studies, Graphic Design, Cats, Ponies  

Bio: Katie is the Program Coordinator. Click here for more information.



Mary: APA, MLA, paper organization, understanding assignments, formal essay writing

Bio: Mary has been a Writing Center tutor since June 2011. She received her Bachelor's degree in Literature from UHCL, and she is now a graduate psychology student. Mary is familiar with many different writing genres, particularly the APA style. She enjoys collaborating with other writers and helping them achieve their goals!


Matthew: MLA, Literature  

Bio: Matt Chavez holds an AA in English and a BA in Literature (summa cum laude), and is working on his MA at the University of Houston- Clear Lake. He is an aspiring fiction writer and hopes you will see his name and works at your local bookstore, even if you aren't interested in purchasing said works. He also reads avidly, and with any small bit of luck will have a new book every week to read; with a good deal of luck or a sizable page count, a given book will occupy his time even longer.


Michelle: Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, Education, MLA

Bio: I grew up in La Marque, Texas, and I attended the University of Houston-Clear Lake for both my undergraduate and graduate careers, earning a Bachelor's in Literature, a secondary ELA certification, and a Master's in Literature with an emphasis in Composition and Rhetoric.

I have an indescribable passion for teaching. I've been teaching at Alvin High School since 2003 and love it just as much now as the day I started. Aside from teaching at the high school, I also teach two classes at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and work in the Writing Center.

I'm married to the love of my life and love to spend time with family and friends, work out, craft, and, of course, read.

Randy: MLA, APA, understanding assignments, content, resumes, cover letters, personal statements and general tweaking of academic papers.

Bio: Randy has a BA in History from UHCL and is versed in MlA style and learning more APA as well. Randy worked for a chemical plant for 13 years where he wrote safety audits and procedural documents. He enjoys helping his students with their content, grammar, citation, and organizational issues and works hard to make each session pleasing and helpful. Randy enjoys analyzing political speech from the past, “The only thing we have to fear is FEAR itself” Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inaugural speech 1933. He does have other interests though. He is married to the love of his life, Nancy, and enjoys reading History and Politics, spending time with Nancy, and enjoying a good meal with family or friends. He especially enjoys helping the students of UHCL improve their skills so they can become better writers.


Ryan:  Literature, MLA, thesis, organization, creative writing, formal essay writing

Bio: Ryan is a student here at UHCL, working towards his MA in Literature after receiving a BA in the same subject. He views writing as a powerful means of expressing humanity. In what little free time he possess, he enjoys reading, writing, swimming, cooking, and tea. He is also interested in photography, painting, music, food, spirituality, politics and deep-sea creatures. A good book, for him, is sacred.

Ruthi: MLA, APA, research, education, grammar, I prefer goddess...getting started, humanities, coping with stress and anxiety (ha!) breathe, y'all! organization, finding thesis, brainstorming, argument, understanding assignments

Bio: Ruthi holds a BA in Theater from the University of Texas, received a teaching certificate and part of a Master's in Education from Texas State, and is currently  finishing a Master's in Literature with a focus on composition from UHCL. She has taught public school for over twelve years and is currently teaching English I & IV at Friendswood High School. Ruthi has three teenage to adult children and loves to practice yoga, garden, and help people discover their inner writers.  

Susie Queue: Quick questions, APA, MLA, Brainstorming

Bio: Susie was a long-time client of the Writing Center. In the Fall of 2010, Susie finally became a virtual tutor! She enjoys answering quick questions and brainstorming. When she's not working, she enjoys photography, reading, and playing with her dog Wilde, dog of Wit and Wonder. To ask Susie a quick question, click here.

 Date Updated: 28-AUG-2013
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Spring 2015 Hours

Clear Lake Campus
Open Tuesday, January 20
through Friday, May 8

Sunday 12-5
Monday 9-9
Tuesday 9-9
Wednesday 9-9
Thursday 9-9
Friday 10-4

Pearland Hours
Monday       1 - 4 PM
Wednesday  7 - 10 AM
Thursday      9 AM - 1 PM

Writing Center Workshops      
"(NNS/BLS)" denotes workshops designed specifically for Non-Native and Bilingual Speakers of English.
A full list of Spring 2015 Workshops (.pdf)
A full list of Spring 2015 NNS/BLS workshops (.pdf)

Upcoming Workshops

(NNS/BLS) American Organizational Structure
This workshop focuses on teaching students about the organizational structure of a typical American academic paper.

  • Wednesday, Mar 4, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
    Writing Center Conference Room

(NNS/BLS) "To Be" Verbs and Passive Voice
This workshop focuses on teaching students how to learn to use "to be" verbs and passive voice correctly in their writing.

  • Wednesday, Mar 11, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
    Writing Center Conference Room

APA Citation:
Learn to use American Psychological Association style to correctly cite your sources.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
  • Thursday, Feb. 26, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
    SSCB 3305
  • Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2:00 - 3:30 & 6:00 - 7:00 PM
    SSCB 3304
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