GWI Writing Consultations

One-with-one writing consultations are a great way to get feedback on your writing, brainstorm ideas for writing, plan writing projects, and learn more about the writing process and the conventions of a genre of writing. All of our one-with-one appointments are scheduled through Connect. If you are unfamiliar, please review how to make an appointment in Connect by clicking the dropdown below.

Schedule your 30- or 60-minute, one-with-one consultations through RooLearning+ by downloading the app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android). A website version is also available at You'll see all writing studio tutors in this schedule so if you'd like a graduate tutor specifically, look for the GWI Graduate Assistants Molly Doroba and Sarah Christian.

You can also email Graduate Writing Specialist Marcus Meade ( if you'd like to schedule a writing consultation with him.

RooLearning+ is a new system for us so it may be a little rocky to start, but if you're having any troubles at all, feel free to email Marcus.

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All GWI consultants are trained to assist graduate students in any field using a rhetorical/genre studies approach to tutoring writing. This means they will help you better understand the rhetorical conventions of the genre in which you’re writing (theses, dissertations, conference proposals, grant proposals, etc.), as well as assist with process, organization, grammar and style, brainstorming, or anything else that’s writing related.

Marcus Meade - Graduate Writing Specialist

Dr. Marcus Meade is the Graduate Writing Specialist at UMKC and one of the leaders of the Graduate Writing Initiative. He holds a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which means he studies how people write and how they learn to write. He also holds a M.A. in English and B.S. in Journalism from Northwest Missouri State University and worked briefly as a sports journalist in his younger days.

He has been tutoring graduate and undergraduate students for roughly 13 years, including stints in the Associate Director positions at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Virginia writing centers.

His learning interests include history, economics, media studies, psychology, neuroscience, religious studies, and so much more. He just loves to learn.

Sarah Christian, GWI Graduate Assistant

Sarah Christian is a graduate student seeking a Ph.D. with the school of Science and Engineering. She earned her B.A. in Neuroscience and Biology at Carthage College. At UMKC, she is receiving a M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology while beginning the iPh.D. program. 

For writing, Sarah is most interested in the writer’s process. She is excited to discuss the writer’s expertise and interest in the writing topics to help them best communicate their intent. 

When outside of school, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing video games, and reading.

Molly Doroba, GWI Graduate Assistant

Molly Doroba is a graduate student in the MA English program with an emphasis in Language and Rhetoric. She has a MS in Library and Information Science (MLIS) and a BA in English from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. For the last three years, she worked as a children’s librarian at the Kansas City Public Library, but she’s ready to work with a slightly older demographic now.

She is excited to work with graduate students from all majors and with diverse writing backgrounds. She is passionate about helping every writer feel confident and stay true to their own voice in whatever writing project they’re working on. She views the writing process as an ongoing conversation between peers and anticipates learning a lot from the writers she works with.

In her spare time, Molly enjoys going for walks around Kansas City’s quaint neighborhoods, practicing yoga, and pretending she’s on the Great British Bake Off. She loves making new friends and talking about just about anything.

UMKC Writing Studio Consultants

For more consultant options, check out the wonderful staff at the UMKC Writing Studio.