Our Mission

The mission of The Write Place is to provide consultations with writers in their development from prewriting to final drafting—no matter the skill level. Skilled writing consultants collaborate with students based on their goals, objectives, and growth as they practice and refine communication for different purposes, audiences, and contexts.

We assist students, faculty, and staff on an individual basis and offer workshops that focus on writing-related issues such as research, organization, grammar, and formatting. We provide expertise on rhetorical matters targeted to writing, communication, and critical thinking in particular disciplines or for special purposes, including workforce needs. We also serve as a resource for faculty who wish to use writing to facilitate student learning and success at all levels.

 

Nathan Zingleman, Coordinator

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in English

Experience:
ESOL instructor
Small business owner

 

Faculty Writing Consultants

Jason Lee

Education:
BA in History
MA in Theatre Arts
PhD in Fine Arts

Experience:
Taught at U. of California, U. of Central Florida, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and PV A&M
Performed with the Oregon, San Diego and New Jersey Shakespearean Festival

“What a piece of work is a man…”

Elizabeth Pena

Education:
Master's degree in English

Experience:
Taught Composition/Rhetoric, ESOL, EFL, and Developmental English courses. 
Tutored for two years at the San Antonio College Writing Center.

“Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted."      Jules Renard

 

Fiona Ross

Education:
BA in government and politics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland
MA and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh, PA.
Post-doctoral research at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Experience:
Taught and researched American politics for over twenty years.
Focus at Lone Star is on Texas politics and running the government internship program.
Works with students on their honors projects, CACs presentations and WAC journal entries.

“Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.”       Nelson Mandela

Professional Writing Consultants

Anita Kapila

Education:
BA in Education and Political Science from University of Delhi
Texas Educators Certificate

Experience:
Level II CRLA Certification
20 years as teacher and tutor
Enjoys reading and writing prose and poetry

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." Einstein

 

Pam MacCabe

Education:
Educated under the British system on the Channel Island of Guernsey

Experience:

The Foreign Office in London
The British Embassy in Tehran, Iran
Medical Transcription

"Life is a feast for the grateful.  There is always something to be thankful for."  Dwight Edwards, Pastor/Author.

 

Alyssa Rigoli

Education:
Associates (Cum Laude) from LSC-Montgomery

Experience:
Published three books
Studying for BA in English and Education at UH-D

“A day in which you learn something isn’t a complete loss.”

 

John Wood

Education:
Master of Arts
Bachelor of Business Administration

Experience:
Economics and Accounting tutor
Testing Consultant
Private Tutor

"Hold on to instruction; don't let it go. Guard it, for it is your life." (Proverbs 4:12)

Volunteer Faculty Writing Consultants

Rahula, Basnagoda

Education:
Doctor of Philosophy in English
Master of Arts in Literature

Experience:
Professor of English
Meditation teacher and public speaker
Published author

 Rahula, Basnagoda

Ron Heckelman

Education:
Doctor of Philosophy in English

Experience:
Professor of English
Learning/Writing Center director
Articles published in scholarly journals

 Ron Heckelman

Lori Hughes

 

Education:
Ph.D. Technical Communication and Rhetoric
Master of Arts in English
Bachelor of Arts in English 

Experience:

Professor of English and Developmental Reading/Writing
Former Assistant Director, Texas Tech University Online Writing Center

"The task of a writer consists in being able to make something out of an idea."  Thomas Mann

 

Martina Kusi-Mensah

Education:
Master of Arts in English
Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology

Experience:
Professor of English and Developmental Writing
ESOL instructor and advisor
Lecturer in English and Modern African Literature

"We write to heighten our own awareness of life.... We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.... We write to transcend our life, to reach beyond it ... to teach ourselves to speak with others ... to expand our world, when we feel strangled, constricted, lonely.... When I don't write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I lose my fire, my color."   Anaïs Nin

Martina Kusi-Mensah

Nathalie Brandes

Education:
Master of Science in Geology

Experience:
Professor of Geosciences
Graduate program coordinator
Substitute teacher and tutor
Articles published in scholarly journals

 

 

The Write Place Advisory Board

The Write Place is pleased to have the support of many faculty from our campus community who are committed to writing across the curriculum.
The Advisory Board members for 2014-2015 are Professors Ron Heckelman, Nathan Bezayiff, Martina Kusi-Mensah, Craig Livingston (Chair), Anitha Iyer, Nishi Mathew, Jeff Groh.
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