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Thomas Ferrel

Thomas Ferrel is Director of the Writing Studio, Co-Director of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project, and an instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has a Ph.D. In English and Education Leadership, Policies, and Foundations from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; an M.A. in English (literary and cultural studies emphasis) from the University of Hawai'i at Mãnoa; and a B.A. in ...
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English with a minor in history from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Thomas has published in Composition Forum, Praxis, Across the Disciplines, the National Writing Projects's Projects in Action series, and The Writing Center Journal. His research focuses on critical pedagogy, institutional social justice work, and writing center studies. His current projects explore the rhetoric of service and how teachers carry commitments to equity and principles from their classroom pedagogy into service work for their departments, home institutions, local communities, and professional disciplines. He enjoys working with writers from any discipline and at any point of the writing process and particularly appreciates opportunities to gain new perspectives and knowledge from writers working in fields outside of his own. A fun Friday night for Thomas involves cooking (and eating) spicy food with his teenage children and their friends while listening to real genius playlists that result from cross-generational, collaborative music mixing and intergenerational conversations. If there's a writer, a recipe, or a tune that he should check out or his life won't be complete, email it to Thomas at ferrelt@umkc.edu.

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Hannah Hagan

Hannah Hagan is a sophomore majoring in English and minoring in editing. Her favorite things to read are memoirs and autobiographies, as well as mysteries and crime dramas. Her favorite part of the writing process is brainstorming. She is a member of ...
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the international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta and likes to spend her free time exploring Kansas City. After she completes her schooling, Hannah wants to work as a librarian and do freelance editing on the side.

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Ben Cottrell

Ben Cottrell is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Film and Media Arts, as well as a minor in Studio Art. He enjoys working with all types of writing, but his favorite topics include the fine arts, psychology, and human rights. ...
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As an art major, his favorite part of the writing process is experiencing a writer’s work transform from the first draft to the final product. Ben enjoys photography, film-making, and listening to music. During his free time, Ben also loves watching and reflecting on his favorite movies, reading scary stories, and exercising.

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Ituwa Lubani

Ituwa Lubani is an undergraduate student here at UMKC. She is a health science major and a communications minor. Her favorite season is spring because she was born in March, and she loves ...
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the rain.

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Lindo Simelane

Lindo Simelane is a graduate student pursuing an M.A. degree in economics. He has a B.A. degree in finance and economics from Wartburg College in Iowa. During his undergraduate career, he worked for a writing center and enjoyed every ...
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minute of it. He loves to work with challenging subjects that present an opportunity to learn something new in a collaborative space. He also enjoys reading, running, and having new cross-cultural experiences. He is very excited to join the writing studio team.

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Mia Flynn

Mia Flynn is currently in her first (gulp) year as a Ph.D. student in UMKC’s counseling psychology program. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in Michigan with a degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. While there, she worked as a writing consultant for three years and missed it so much that ...
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she had to return. Mia enjoys working with all types of writing and meeting students wherever they are in that process. She especially enjoys getting to work with students on organization and finding a focus in their writing! Her predissertation project will begin spring semester and will likely focus on family dynamics and their impact on quality of life and anxiety levels. When she is not spending time learning how to be a graduate student, she can be found reading outdoors, playing with dogs (even if they are not hers), or hunting for beach glass if she is near water.

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Mitchell Dotson

Mitchell Dotson is a sophomore majoring in art education and hopes to become a ceramics teacher after graduating. As a writer and writing consultant, Mitchell most enjoys working with research papers. His favorite part of the writing process is gathering...
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sources for research and brainstorming ways to bring research together into a coherent thesis. Mitchell enjoys reading Stephen King novels because of King’s majestic way of making the grotesque beautiful.

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Patrick Sanders

Patrick Sanders is an undergraduate student expected to graduate in May '20 with an English creative writing major and an editing minor. He enjoys working with and writing works of fiction, but also rhetorical analyses and critical discourse. His favorite part of the writing process is the euphoria after ...
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completing a particularly difficult project. He writes music reviews for a variety of small publications and his personal blog, and has self-published a book of poetry called Notes from a Blue Moleskine. He also records ambient music under the moniker ps, with one record called "music for thinking." Some of his minor obsessions include home-brewing coffee, experimental music, synthesizers, painting, philosophy, and more recently, horticulture. His favorite author is Albert Camus; he believes that Camus has a timeless, tastefully pretentious writing style.

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Jameelah Lang

Jameelah Lang is the Graduate Writing Specialist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, and both an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and B.A. in Literature from the University of Kansas....
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While in Houston, Jameelah served as the co-organizer for the award-winning Poison Pen Reading Series and Senior Nonfiction Editor for the national literary magazine Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Her work appears or is forthcoming from The Cincinnati Review, The Kenyon Review, Pleiades, and Witness Magazine and has received awards and support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. From 2009-2010, she served as the Writer-in-Residence and Assistant Publications Director for the Hub City Writers Project and Press. She sits on the board for the Radius of Arab-American Writers. Jameelah is a cooker of pasta, a watcher of reality television, a bad driver, and a crier at movies about pets.

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Jade Visos-Ely

Jade Visos-Ely Jade Visos-Ely is embarking on her final year as an undergraduate student majoring in English with a focus in Creative Writing and a minor in Manuscript Print Culture and Editing. She enjoys working with all types of creative projects but also enjoys essays in a variety of subjects....
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Her favorite part of the writing process is the creative aspect of infusing voice into a writing style, brainstorming ideas, and working with conclusion paragraphs. She works on fiction pieces regularly and has been published in Runestone Literary Journal and has received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest. Her time is spent trying to catch up to the ever-growing mountain of books on her bookshelf and watching Netflix.

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Fatima Mohamed

Fatima Mohamed is in her last year of studying for her BS in Computer Science. She enjoys writing research papers, and her favorite part of the writing process is when she is able to put her (organized) ideas to the pen. She was born in Mombasa, Kenya and is the oldest of eight children. ...
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As a watercolor and graphic artist, she has an affinity for color palettes with her favorite consisting of warm, earthy hues. Fatima is a self-proclaimed foodie who spends most of her time fan-girling over her favorite dish, Korean bulgogi.

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Chale Abad

Chale Abad (pronounced “sha-lay�, rhymes with filet) is an undergraduate pursuing a double degree in computer science and film and media arts. She enjoys narratives, research papers, and informative speeches. The voice and delivery of a piece is what intrigues her within the writing process, although she can help with ...
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grammar and “punny� paper titles too. Her experience includes working with her high school’s yearbook and newspaper, forensics performances, and angsty poetry. She has an incomprehensible love for turtles and Taylor Swift.

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Melley Destahun

Melley Destahun is currently an undergraduate student and is a pre-occupational therapy health sciences major. She is passionate about public health and helping communities in need of aid and education. She hopes to spend some time working in public health, but her ultimate educational goal is to obtain ...
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a master's degree in occupational therapy. She most enjoys creative writing. Her favorite part of the writing process is the initial brainstorming that takes place when you first approach a paper. Her favorite season is fall because it has the balance between hot and cool weather without the allergies that spring brings.

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Sarthak Garg

Sarthak Garg is currently an undergraduate student in the six-year medical program at UMKC, pursuing a major in liberal arts with a minor in chemistry. He enjoys working with all types of writing, but he favors scholarly/research papers of any kind. He has worked on his own papers in a litany of ...
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of fields ranging from life and biological sciences to semiotics and critical race theory. In terms of the writing process, he relishes the inception of a work. Coming up with ideas, developing arguments, researching sources, and synthesizing articles are among his favorite elements of writing. His favorite thing to do is cook. As a scientist at heart, he loves experimenting with different international cuisines, resulting in delectable fusion cuisine. But more than cooking, Sarthak loves eating. He loves trying new things, but at the same time stays true to his roots and savors Indian cuisines the most.

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Duy Ho

Duy Ho is currently a senior undergraduate majoring in computer science. Even though his major seems mostly related to mathematics, science, and programming, he does enjoy writing quite a bit. He is interested in stories with twisted ...
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plots such as the Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, and Detective Conan. His favorite part of the writing process is brainstorming and devising ideas. During that process, the writer needs to force their brain to function more efficiently than other times, to think in the most logical way, and to organize the work in the most reasonable order. Having spent many hours sitting in front of a computer to trace a code bug, Duy is patient and already too familiar with the feeling of scratching his head and starting over. As for extracurricular activities, he is participating in the International Student Council and the Vietnamese Student Association to help create more events for international students and promote the culture from his home country, Vietnam. During his free time, his favorite activities are playing pool and table tennis. Because his future career mostly will consist of sitting at one place, he certainly loves to go outside and have fun with any free moment he can get.

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Taylor Howard

Taylor Howard is currently an undergraduate student studying pre-pharmacy with a chemistry minor. She enjoys writing styles that are full of personality and depth. Editing the rough draft is her favorite part of the writing process, mainly because ...
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she is able to piece together ideas and polish statements that make for a more respected piece of literature. In the past, she has co-authored research papers for Washington University School of Medicine and has had several of her own poems and essays published. She loves rich literature, cultures, movies, and decadent desserts.

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Abby Jamison

Abby Jamison is in her third year as an undergraduate English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She enjoys working with all types of writing, but especially enjoys literary analysis, creative writing and research papers. Abby's favorite ...
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favorite parts of the writing process are outlining and composing a thesis. She is currently working on a historical fiction manuscript and loves to write poetry during her free time as well. Her favorite pastimes are journaling, scrapbooking and exploring new places. A perfect day for Abby would be composed of book shopping, hiking and French fries!

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Nam Vu

Nam Vu is a second-year undergraduate working on a B.A. in English literature. He enjoys most types of writing, particularly any writing that reflects upon or analyzes works of literature. He believes that every student can work on their writing to become a better writer than ...
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the previous version of himself/herself. He enjoys working with the intricacies of the drafting process, especially when dealing with the structural elements of writing. He likes to be outdoors whenever he can. He has a passion for hiking and visiting national parks because they give him inspiration and recharge him.

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Writing consultants primarily work with writers face-to-face. In order to meet with a Writing Studio consultant, you can walk in or make an appointment by calling (816)  235-1146. Sessions last 20 - 50 minutes. Consultants will work with you at any point in the writing process, so bring whatever you have, whether it is an assignment sheet or your fifth draft. When working with a paper, we encourage you to bring the assignment sheet as well.

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