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Lead Writing Consultant

Loretta Rodriguez

On study abroad leave for Spring 2019.

Our Staff

Robin Bissett is a junior English major and Creative Writing minor. She is an Assistant Managing Editor at the Trinity Review. She was an FYE Creative Genius student. This is her first year at the Writing Center. Robin is passionate about all forms of creative writing, especially fiction and poetry. She strives to help visitors create rich worlds in their text and inspire strong and expressive prose.

Ariel Del Vecchio is a Junior Art History and Studio Art double major. She is the current president of the Trinity Art Collective and completed interdisciplinary liberal arts research with funding from the Mellon Institute. This is her first year with the Writing Center.


Tiffany Nguyen, a Junior English and Classics double major, is excited to begin her first year with the Writing Center, after having completed an intensive tutor-training program this past spring and summer. In addition to being a former HUMA peer tutor, she has also received summer research assistantships for the Mellon Initiative and through the McNair Scholars program. In her spare time, she also privately tutors in English, Latin, and Reading, and her hobbies include reading and collecting fountain pens. Of her approach to writing consulting, Tiffany says: "I find that I personally get my best ideas through discussion, and I welcome any writers who need to bounce their ideas off on someone. Once those ideas are on the page, I focus on organization (global and local) to help writers really convey those ideas. Ultimately, though, I believe that the writers themselves should take an active role in determining what they want to do with their papers. My role is just to offer writers more options so that they can make those choices." On study abroad leave for Spring 2019.

Michael Paniagua, Jr. is a senior Anthropology major. Ever since he took the Social Justice FYE, he has been dedicated to the social sciences. During his sophomore year, he was a peer tutor for the Social Justice FYE, and this past summer he researched under the Mellon Institute. This is his first year with the Writing Center. Michael believes the most exciting part of the writing process is when the writing has an unfinished idea; but, he acknowledges that this can also be the most daunting aspect of writing for some students. By talking through ideas and a student's approach to writing, he aims to inspire confidence in the student writers he works with. With experience writing research-intensive papers, Michael feels comfortable guiding students through the ideas that aren't completely finished, as well as polishing final drafts.

Julia Poage is a senior English and Studio Art double major. She has worked for the Trinitonian since 2016 — as a copy editor, section editor, and now illustrator — and was a peer tutor for HUMA 1600 in the fall of 2017. She was also a student researcher with funding from the Mellon Institute this past summer. This is her first year with the Writing Center. Julia is especially interested in close reading and the prewriting process. While many students approach the Writing Center only as a place to bring drafts of papers, she encourages writers to visit in the early stages of the writing process. She agrees with writer D. Gordon Rohman’s claim, “Without good thinking, good writing is impossible,” and is excited to discuss paper ideas, class readings and approaches to prompts with visitors to the Writing Center.

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