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The Writing Center

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172300
Bozeman, MT 59717-2300

Tel: (406) 994-5315
Fax: (406) 994-5686
Location: 1-114 Wilson Hall


2014-15 Writing Center Tutors


Brianna Bos
My name is Brianna Bos, call me Brie. I am a sophomore in Industrial Engineering with a writing minor. I moved all over the country as a kid since my dad was in the Navy, but Bozeman has always been home; I live on a hobby farm with my parents and two sisters. My passions are gymnastics, soccer, skiing, hiking, camping, photography, anything involving my animals, and being a Montanan.
Jack Bouchard
I grew up in Brentwood, New Hampshire, though I’ve lived in a dozen other places before coming to Bozeman. I transferred to MSU from Fresno City College in California with the intent of majoring in Economics before I declared a major in Writing. I enjoy snowboarding, the outdoors, and am a member of the Bozeman Boxing Club here at MSU.
Kerry Byrnes
I‘m a junior studying English writing and business. Originally from Pittsburgh, I relocated to Montana after working two summers in Yellowstone. I enjoy writing – particularly creative nonfiction – reading, backpacking, skiing, and binge-watching Netflix with my cat. I‘m an outdoorsy homebody, if such a type exists.
Carol Clonan
I'm a junior in English Education and this is my second semester working here at the Writing Center. I spend my free time backpacking with my boyfriend and traveling – both in the literal sense and through the pages of my latest book.
Liam Dillaway
I‘m currently in my first year as a GTA in the English Department. I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 2008. I spent the five years between my work at TCNJ and MSU as a wildland firefighter.
Cat Dorian
I am a sophomore from Massachusetts studying English Education. When I'm not tutoring at the Writing Center, I enjoy singing, playing guitar, reading John Irving novels, and immersing myself in the great outdoors. I hope to one day teach high school English and spend my summers traveling.
Amy Fiel
I grew up in a small town in Western Montana and left home at 16 to travel. I returned to MSU in the fall of 2013 to study Family & Consumer Science. After graduation, I plan to purse a Master’s degree in Social Work while conducting research into the effects of trauma on brain development. My passions include skiing, hiking, fly fishing, hunting, and of course reading and writing!
Betsy Fordyce
I have a BA in History and a MA in Eng. Literature. I study religion and history in preparation for travel to emerging countries. Upcoming trips include Morocco and India!
Fred Fox
Fred is the ESL tutor at the Writing Center. He has taught for A.C.E. Language Institute-MSU, online, and at the high school level. With his wife Daphne, he also writes mystery novels, the first of which is planned for publication soon.
Ryan Garey
I’m a graduate student in the English department. I have a BA in English from the University of Utah and a BS in Education from Utah State University. While I have no particular aversion to the outdoors, I prefer to fill my free time indoors with music, humor, and exceptional food.
Natalie Griffin
I am a sophomore nursing student who loves travel, singing, science, and hiking. I can be a little crazy and silly, but I LOVE talking about and working through writing with students. Known for my ever-present smile and surprisingly loud voice, I would be more than happy to meet with you and work together through whatever is tangling you up in your writing process!
Kayla Grimm
I‘m a GTA in the English department, and when not on campus I‘m working at Vargo‘s Jazz City & Books. I moved to Bozeman from San Francisco three years ago, and am so thankful for all of the opportunities the transition has brought into my life.
Jake Henan
I‘m a second-year GTA in English Lit. My focus has largely been with Old and Middle English texts. I enjoy all of the outdoor activities that Montana has to offer especially hiking and fishing. I am a PROUD citizen from the state of OMNIPRESENCE, but I‘ve been in Bozeman for 8 years and am completely in love with the area and Montana as a whole.
Kim Hoover
I‘m a GTA for the English program at MSU and I‘ve been in English for over four years now — I don‘t see myself getting out of the field anytime soon. My research interests are rhetoric, composition and pedagogy, and the best part of being a GTA is working closely with students on their writing because they always end up teaching me something as well.
Ian Jirasko
I’m double-majoring in English Writing and Photography, and this will be my third year at both MSU and the Writing Center. After spending last semester studying in Nova Scotia during a winter so ferocious I thought the landscape indistinguishable from the South Pole, I spent a truly breathtaking spring roadtripping though both Canada and the US to return to Bozeman for the fall. I’m excited to be back!
Un Hye Kim
Born and raised in cold, but beautiful Anchorage, Alaska, I'm now a senior in the English Literature program here at MSU. I'm hoping, in particular, to write novels and become a book editor, but while those are specific goals, any future including books would be brilliant.
Torrey Lynch
I’m currently in my first year as a GTA in the English Department. I received my BA in English at The University of San Diego. I was born and raised in Encinitas, CA, so Bozeman is the start to a whole new chapter! Outside of school, I enjoy running, hiking, fishing, playing music, and spending time with my dog, Emmylou.
Emily Muir
I was born and raised in Missoula, but am thrilled with my choice to become a bobcat. I’m a senior this year, finishing up a degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management, which will hopefully lead to a career that allows me to work in the beautiful outdoors. This is my first semester at the Writing Center, and I’m really looking forward to this new opportunity!
Sadie Robertus
Hi, I‘m Sadie Robertus, a saxophone-playing, art-experimenting, long distance-running, English-majoring, chocolate-eating, theater-going, overseas-traveling sophomore at MSU. This is my first semester at the Writing Center, and I look forward to seeing you all there!
Alex Ruhsenberger
My name is Alex Ruhsenberger (“Roo”-“sin”-“burger”). I’m from Bellingham, Washington, and was born in Portland, Oregon. I like to write poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in my free time. I’m a GTA in English and looking forward to that. I like the rain, and colorful sunsets. My research interests are the phenomenological existence of the banana and post-post modern literature and critical theory.
Kristie Russette
I’m a Studio Arts major and English Writing Minor in my third year here at MSU. I enjoy reading and writing poetry, making jewelry, going to the gym, cuddling kittens, and napping when I get the chance. My future plans include writing a zillion poems and making all kinds of art. This is my first semester at the Writing Center and I’m excited to get involved with MSU’s community of writers!
Adrian Shaw
This is my first year as a graduate student and a teaching assistant in the English department. Until now, I spent the entirety of my existence in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When I am not writing bios of myself, I love to read and write. I also like to watch — and quote — The Simpsons and play bass and guitar (poorly).
Joseph Shelton
My early years were spent raised by feral cats on the windswept Steppe. After that I eventually moved to Havre, Montana, where I went to High School, and Bozeman, Montana, where I did to my undergraduate work. Now I’m back, and better than ever, as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I teach WRIT 101, and am totally unsure what to do for my Masters, but it will probably contain the word “Steppe”.
Zach Smith
I‘m a graduate student at MSU and finished with my BA in English Lit in 2011. I took some time off before realizing that I missed the experience of reading and writing. I know that makes me really weird. Outside of those, my interests include weight lifting and watching sporting events; though, I feel like sometimes (read all of the time) I get way too serious about how well my team is doing.
Isaac Stafstrom
I recently transferred to MSU to pursue a double major in Livestock Management and Range Ecology. Before moving to Bozeman, I worked on a ranch near Cascade, and studied at and worked for Deep Springs College in the California high desert. I’m often found singing, playing banjo, running, dancing badly, spending time outside with my dog, tossing a disc, or listening to Taylor Swift.
Annie Venters
Hello! I'm Annie Venters, I am from Polson, Montana and am in the Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems Program with a non-teaching minor in Writing. I enjoy long walks, runs or hikes anywhere I can be barefoot. If I'm not playing soccer, swimming, or reading and napping in the grass you'll find me volunteering in the VOICE Center on campus or in the Diversity Awareness office. I love to travel, and practice Portuguese when I can, and now I look forward to joining the Writing Center!
Kelsey Weyerbacher
I am in my third year of college, majoring in both English Writing and Photography. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, jet skiing, reading and baking all sorts of things while drinking massive amounts of coffee. After college, I plan on writing some things and taking photos of things.
Jill Yoder
I‘m a graduate student working on my masters in English, along with instructing College Writing 101. My focus is mainly contemporary American fiction, along with all things involving confusing, but intriguing, theoretical texts.


Kaity Ireland Kaity Ireland
I'm a front desk receptionist here at the Writing Center. I'm majoring in elementary education with a reading option. I'm from Denver, CO and my favorite thing to do is spend time with my triplet siblings.

Updated: 02/09/2015