Writing Center Staff

Director: Dr. Mike Palmquist

Associate Director: Leslie Davis

Assistant Director: Annie Halseth

2020-2021 Consultants

Cody C.

Hey y'all! My name's Cody and I'm a third year English/History major with a concentration in Creative Writing. My pronouns are he/him/his. This is my first year working with the Writing Center, and my favorite part of this job is the opportunity to help someone through whatever problem they might have with their writing. If I have a favorite quote it would have to be Whitman when he says, "everything goes onward and outward." Really psychedelic words from a guy writing in the mid 1800s. I really enjoy maps and collecting/looking for maps, so you might find me in Bizarre Bazaar shuffling through Nat Geos from the '70s. I also find myself reading/researching all over the topic of climate change and how we might adapt to a new planet in this Anthropocene age.

Grace D.

Hi! My name is Grace Detwiler (she/her), and I am Junior studying English Literature and Criminology/Criminal Justice at CSU. After graduating, I am currently planning to attend law school, and continue my work writing for Rue Morgue magazine. I am incredibly happy to be working at the Writing Center; I love how these consultations not only make our clients better writers, but teach me more about my own writing process every day. Other than working here, I like to spend my free time watching too many movies, reading books (favorite authors: Tartt & Palahniuk), and writing essays for my horror film blog (finalgirlgrace.blogspot.com)!

Aurora F.

Hello! My name is Aurora and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a first year second bachelor's student studying Nutrition and Food Sciences! I graduated with an English degree from UCLA and hope to some day combine my various passions to empower people through their physical and mental health. A few of the things I enjoy the most include: food (especially fruit and chocolate), books (especially 16-18th C Gothic literature), and cats. I am excited to help build confidence in writing throughout the CSU community!

Chase H.

I'm a third-year MFA student focusing on fiction writing. I also regularly collaborate with friends on short films. Things I love include classic soul music, going to the movies, and writing (sometimes). Things I hate include most music made after 1985, Marvel movies, and writing (sometimes). I believe that aliens are definitely real, that Bigfoot is hopefully real, and that anybody can write excellently. If we're still friends after all of this (or even if we're not) I'd love to sit down and chew the fat about your writing.

Sydney J.

Hi there! My name is Sydney James, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m a third year undergrad studying English (with a concentration in Creative Writing) and I’m in the process of adding a minor in Information Science and Technology. My ultimate dream is to share in the wonders of words and language with others, either through my blog, The Write Word, or through future novels I hope to someday publish. Some hobbies of mine include being an obsessive fangirl, video games (I love Dragon Age), and reading tarot cards. My favorite quote is from the novel Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: “You could rattle the stars. You could do anything if only you dared.” I believe that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it and give everything you have to achieve your goals. This is my first time ever as a consultant in the Writing Center, and I am so excited to work with all of you. I look forward to learning from and with you, so let’s get to it!

Eliana M.

Hey everyone! My name is Eliana. I’m a first-year MFA student in the Creative Writing-Fiction program here at CSU. Things you might catch me doing: reading, writing, eating a tomato like one eats an apple (yes, it’s true), and drinking my daily dose of green tea (hot) or plain tea (cold). Things you will not catch me doing…ever: “going on a run,” feeding squirrels, or bungee jumping. I enjoy music from the 1960s, and I am not afraid to lose my phone at least once a year! My favorite words of the moment are discombobulated and perambulator (for obvious reasons). This is my first year as a consultant at the Writing Center, and I look forward to meeting you!

Ross R.

Greetings! My name is Ross and my pronouns are he/him/his. I am a second-year MFA candidate in the fiction program here at CSU. I was born an old soul and I have my parents to thank for that: by the time I reached five months of age I had the the title of uncle ; by the time I was teenager, I had a VHS collection of classic movies; and by the time I acquired my driver's license, I realized I was only a forty-minute commute to Fairmount, Indiana--the birthplace of James Dean. I love volunteering whenever I can and I am excited to work at The Writing Center this year. I hope I can offer a helping hand and friendly ear to all writers. Like a wise old soul once told me: "it doesn't matter what walk of life you're coming from--just keep walking!"

Courtney S.

Hey! My name is Courtney and I am a first year student in the masters of Counseling and Career Development program! My favorite part about working in the CSU Writing Center thus far is getting the chance to act as a resource for people, especially when the “lightbulb” comes on and suddenly things click! What I like to do outside of school is focus heavily on self care in its many forms! I am also looking to join Alpha Delta Chi as well as Christian Students at CSU! ❤️ What I hope to do in the future is to work with the homeless population in a form of career counseling. I would love to work directly with people to navigate the changes that life brings and help them find a career that they are truly passionate about!

Taylor "T" W.

Hi! My name is T, which is short for Taylor. I've had my nickname since I was 6, after a season of t-ball (the irony!). I announced to my first grade teacher on the first day of school that I wanted to go by T instead of Taylor, and it stuck. My pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am a senior undergraduate studying English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a double minor in business and Spanish. I'd love to take this to law school after I graduate, after which I'd like to pursue a career in prosecution or tort law. I am a second year consultant, and I'm ecstatic to be back at the Writing Center! I love writing and interacting with people (I'm a textbook extrovert), so I cannot wait to meet with you to discuss your writing!

Alec W.

Hi all, my name's Alec. I'm a grad student, in my first year as a fiction writing major. This is also my first year at CSU. I graduated from CU Denver in December 2019, right before all the craziness that is 2020 really began. Though I grew up in Golden, I lived in San Francisco for a year while attending San Francisco State. Now, however, I've settled down in Fort Collins with my boyfriend and our two cats, Leia and Finn, who you might see while we're on a call together. I love getting to meet new faces and share what I can about the writing process. Tips and tricks are my forte. Beyond the center I currently have a love affair with French literature. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, yoga, backpacking, essentially any excuse to get outdoors. That being said, I also love reading for hours inside, stretched on on my couch so I'd love to read and dig into whatever writing you bring to the Writing Center!