WRITERS (UN)BLOCK

Expert volunteers will help alleviate prose woes

The new U.P. Writing Center, located in the historical Savings Bank building at 101 South Front Street, provides assistance to anyone in need of help with writing projects. Volunteer staff members include (from left) Brandon Hansen, Madeline Gardiner and Heidi Stevenson.

Story and photo by 8-18 Media
“Help! Help! I’ve started a piece of writing and I can’t finish it!” is something we’ve all wanted to scream at 11 p.m. while attempting to finish a paper last minute. Now, with some prior planning, we will be able to avoid this situation in the future. Adults and students alike can take any piece of writing; an essay, a résumé, a fictional story, even a spark of an idea, to the Upper Peninsula Writing Center for help. The Upper Peninsula Writing Center is located in Marquette, nestled in the historical Savings Bank building at 101 South Front Street, Suite 1.
One of the Writing Center’s co-founders, Heidi Stevenson, explained how the Upper Peninsula Writing Center came to be.
“We are located in the Comunitaria Language School, where you can take language lessons. They take a broad approach to language and the director of the language school knew that I was interested in community Writing Centers and offered me a chance to start a Writing Center here, right here in the language school, so we are part of their offerings,” Stevenson said.
The UPWC is staffed by volunteers who have a lot of experience in, you guessed it…writing!
Stevenson has her Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric and taught writing classes at NMU as well as directed the NMU Writing Center. UPWC volunteers Brandon Hansen and Madeline Gardiner also have extensive experience in writing. Hansen has a degree in English Writing from NMU, and a few of his creative stories have been published. He also works as a tutor for the Princeton Review out of New York. Gardiner has plenty of experience under her belt from working for about four and a half years at the NMU Writing Center. With all their combined experience, it is safe to say your writing project is in capable helping hands…

(Written by Anna Martinson, 14, with contributions by Anja McBride, 14, Ella Falk, 10 and Ivy Pomeroy, 9.)

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