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Writers Workshop Staff

Elizabeth Morley, Director

Directing the Writers Workshop has brought me to Illinois from the University of Kentucky where I taught writing courses at various levels and managed the Writing Center. Although my experience has been in writing, my Ph.D. is from the Educational Policy Studies department with an emphasis in Higher Education. My dissertation research was a study of the academic lives of five college sophomores, and I am following the same students as they graduate and move into jobs and professional schools. The Writers Workshop provides me the perfect opportunity to combine my interests in writing and in serving college students.

Kathy Schnepper, Office Manager

My name is Kathy Schnepper. I live in Mahomet and am married to my husband Carney. I began working at the Writers Workshop in 2009 as the Office Manager. I have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. I have to mention our pride and joy Xena. She is an 8-year-old Border Collie. I was born and raised in River Grove, a suburb of Chicago. My husband and I moved to this area in 2001. Working at the Writers Workshop is great. Each year we seem to get busier. I work with a great Director, Undergraduates and Graduates. I enjoy meeting the many students that come through our door. 


Writers Workshop Consultants


Alaina is a PhD candidate in the English department. As a tutor, she enjoys helping writers with essays on literature and history; business, technical and science writing; and personal statements.




I'm a PhD candidate in English (a "lit sista" in Sophy's words), completing a dissertation on early-20th-century British literature. I'm studying mass-market journalism of the era's intellectual novelists and their relationship to the reading public. I'm also interested in pursuing journalism and communications work myself, having volunteering for Illinois Public Media, WEFT Community Radio in Champaign, and Philadelphia Public Media. Just recently I became a staff writer at The Ultimate History Project, a public history web magazine. Helping others with their writing projects is highly rewarding, and I look forward to returning for a second year as a writing consultant.


I am a Ph.D student in the History of Education, Education Policy Studies (EPOL) here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My focus is on Reconstruction-era and early 20th Century education, with a focus on African-American education. I enjoy working here at the Writers Workshop and am looking forward to another fulfilling year.


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. My research interest is academic literacy among underserved and first-generation college students and their transition to higher education and the workforce. I have a strong interest in how young adults acquire literacy through educational settings, the effectiveness of composition pedagogies, contextualized reading, and teacher preparation. My areas of specialization are composition/rhetoric and professional writing. Prior to starting graduate studies at UIUC, I taught college-freshman composition, directed writing studios at the University of Illinois Springfield, and worked as a Grants Specialist.


I'm a senior in English with a minor in Classical Civilizations. My recent literary/academic interests include comics studies, game studies, and new media. I've written for many disciplines, but mostly I love working with ideas; brainstorming with other writers is one of my favorite writing activities. I also love cats, board games, sci-fi everything, and baking.



I am a senior in Rhetoric with a minor in Music. I have the odd mix of being able to concoct essays and play symphonies. Not simultaneously, although I may have tried. I am interested in fantasy and scifi things, baking, and watching nerdy TV shows such as Doctor Who.



I am a graduate student in Education studying Curriculum and Instruction.  My research looks at high school students' out-of-school literacies and how they might be tapped into by teachers of more traditional literacy practices.  Specifically, I'm interested in how students make sense of fashion and compose their identities through what they choose to wear.  I got my undergrad degree in English and Secondary Education from UIUC, and upon graduation, I spent several years teaching high school English in Champaign-Urbana.



I'm an undergraduate majoring in English, and minoring in History. I’ve presented papers at the Streamlines Undergraduate Conference for Language, Literature and Writing in 2010, as well as the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program Conference in 2011. I’m very interested in American literature and history, and am always excited to work with new students.



I'm an undergraduate student in my junior year at U of I. I am majoring in English, and minoring in Secondary Education, while pursuing an endorsement in Social Sciences [with a focus in Sociology]. Among other things, I am interested in the effects of creative writing on students' formal writing. This will be my first year with the Writers Workshop but I have experience working in the tutoring center at Niles West High School.



I'm a Ph.D. candidate at the English Department, and my dissertation focuses on the interconnections of higher education and postbellum Black novels. Before coming to U of I, I worked as a translator and a business English teacher. Here I've taught Rhetoric 105, Intro to Fiction, Intro to American Literature, and The American Novel Since 1914. I've also worked as a TA for the African American literature survey courses, and a grader for Intro to Fiction and Literatures of Global Culture courses. This semester I am working for the LAS Freshman Seminar as well as the Workshop, where I've been a consultant since 2005.




I am a Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, focusing in Literacy & Language with a specialization in Writing Studies. Before moving to Illinois, I taught high school English for four years in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I'm particularly interested in how people use digital writing platforms (like Google Docs, or even Microsoft Word) to compose different types of writing and how technology as a medium affects their writing process.


Hi! My name is Katy, and I'm an undergraduate majoring in English and minoring in Global Studies and Leadership Studies. I spent the last semester studying abroad in the south of France, so this is my first year as a peer consultant.


I'm a graduate student in the Creative Writing department, pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Poetry. I like poems, video games, and puppy dogs. Before, I was a librarian, carpet layer, painter, HR document writer, phone answer, tutor, and front-desk sitting-guy. I have taught Business & Technical Writing as well as Creative Writing to undergraduates.



I am a Senior majoring in English, with a minor in Integrative Biology. My literary interests include British and American Literature between 1860 and 1930, but I really just read whatever I can get my hands on. I currently work as an editor and copywriter for Dr. Fred Kummerow, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Comparative Biosciences. I also work as an intern in the publishing department at Common Ground Publishing. In addition to working here at the Writers Workshop, I can usually be found agonizing over my honors thesis, walking my dog, and watching Lost.


Lisa C.
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I received my MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, with a specialization in Writing Studies, at UIUC in 2008 and since then have taught at universities in China and Vietnam; San Diego and Santa Barbara, CA; and Boston. I have now returned to work on a PhD in Global Studies in Education. I began my work with English language and writing when I lived in Amsterdam, NL for twenty years – as an academic editor, teacher, short story writer, and pirate radio presenter. I’m so happy now to be working one-on-one with students and their writing here at the Workshop, facilitating the International Graduate Writing Group, and teaching at the Intensive English Institute. I just love being part of the thoughtful, dynamic, global culture at the U of I.


I am a PhD student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. My interests include philosophy of education, global and online learning policy and practice, and aesthetic education's role in educational development and flourishing. Before coming to Illinois, I taught adult learners at community colleges in the Seattle and New York City metro areas. Currently I am researching massive open online courses (MOOCs) and their efficacy for international humanitarian action. As a writing consultant, I particularly enjoy helping with "think pieces" and being challenged with new cultural perspectives. I look forward to being your discussion partner and learning from you!


I am a graduate student in the Department of English, mainly focusing on issues of gender and sexuality in media with a special emphasis on mainstream American cinema. I am also interested in censorship and the regulation of media content. As a teaching assistant, I have taught rhetoric and film classes, including RHET 105. I also attended the University of Illinois for my bachelor's degree in English. My experience at the Writers Workshop goes back to my senior year, when I began working as an undergraduate consultant.


I am a PhD student in history where I study the US, environmental history, and the history of science and medicine. My research focuses on traveling for health in the American West. At the University of Illinois I have taught courses in Illinois History, US Colonial History, and the Cultural History of Technology.


I am currently a doctoral student in the College of Education with research interests in Higher Education and Social Foundations of Education. My previous instructional experience includes courses in first-year composition, creative writing, literature, and as a consultant in the Writers’ Workshop. Most recently, I was an Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education before returning to the University of Illinois to complete my degree.


I am currently working on an undergraduate degree in English and another in Electrical Engineering. I sincerely enjoy working with all kinds of writing, from lyric poetry to microwave manuals, so feel free to bring in any piece you are worried about.

Sarah M.


Hi! My name is Sarah and I am an English major in my fourth and final year as an undergraduate. After I graduate I plan to get a job in the publishing industry-ideally in Chicago or New York. This is my third year at the Workshop, and I love it here! I enjoy working with students to make their papers the best they can be and helping students improve their writing skills. I can usually be found running around campus or hanging out in the library with my books and a big mug of coffee or diet pop. When I’m not at the Workshop or doing school work, I enjoy hanging out with friends and lounging around my apartment catching up on my current favorite television shows or watching re-runs of “Friends”.


Creative Writing major, but lacks creativity (At times).


I am a graduate student in the Global Studies division of Education Policy. My research focuses on community self-determination in South Sudan. Prior to being a graduate student at the University of Illinois I worked in higher education policy in California, traveled, and lived abroad.



I am a graduate student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership studying the history of education and social foundations in education. My research interests intersect issues and concepts linked to culturally relevant pedagogy, antiracist education, and teacher preparation programs. More specifically, I am interested in studying the change and continuity of black teachers’ pedagogy and activism and also examining social studies curriculum as a framework for teaching and implementing social justice particularly with students of color. Prior to attending the University of Illinois, I completed my undergraduate degree in History and Secondary Education at the University of West Georgia and was a social studies teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. I am looking forward to this rewarding opportunity to collaborate with those visiting the Writing Center.



I am a doctoral student in English with a specialization in Writing Studies. My research interests are in multilingual/second language writing, Literacy studies, Asian-American rhetoric, World Englishes, ELT (English Language Teaching) and Writing Center Theory. I have been consulting at the Writers Workshop since 2006 and, more recently, have been carrying out administrative duties serving second language writers on campus. I also have experience teaching ESL writing and Rhet courses at U of I for the past several years. My previous educational and professional background also includes, Fashion Design, International Studies (Business Focus), Interpretation, and TESOL.