Writing Support Tutors

Writing support tutors offer free individual writing consultations to UCalgary students. Our writing tutors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and lend their expertise to every stage of the writing process in order to allow you to become an independent and effective writer.

Why Book with a Writing Tutor?

Writing tutors are here to support you at any stage of the writing process, whether it’s discussing writing strategies or going over feedback on returned assignments. Writing tutors can also support with sentence structure, thesis statements, grammar, citations, and more!

When booking with a writing tutor, consider:

  • Even experienced writers can benefit from working with a writing tutor. It never hurts to have an additional set of eyes to go over a piece and provide feedback.
  • It can be helpful to book with someone outside of your discipline to help consider how accessible your writing is to a broader audience. Writing tutors from other disciplines can also help you notice gaps in assumed knowledge.
  • It can be beneficial to connect with a couple of different tutors. Each tutor has a unique expertise they can lend to a piece of writing!

Writing Support

Taylor Family Digital Library, third floor

Contact info

Dr. Kendell Heydon

Marshall holds a BA in English from Mount Royal University (2020) and an MA in English Literature with a Specialization in African Studies from Carleton University (2023).

His academic interests in Holocaust Studies, Postcolonialism, Transnational literatures, and Indigenous Studies guided his Master’s research in Multidirectional Memory and Caribbean poetics.

Marshall has many years of experience working as both a high school and university English tutor and is passionate about assisting students with their academic writing across an array of disciplines.

Marshall brings experience in critical writing, oral presentations, and proposal writing to the Student Success Centre and looks forward to helping others achieve academic success in all areas.

In his spare time Marshall enjoys living an active lifestyle—spending time in the gym and playing sports—and exploring new areas of interest such as Anthropology, History, Biology, and Theoretical Physics.

Ian Chua holds a Master of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Calgary. He specializes in contemporary fiction, science fiction, and creative writing. He also dabbles in ludonarratives and film studies. Ian is experienced in editing and providing feedback for writers from all disciplines, and he enjoys talking about various writing styles.

Kristine obtained her J.D. and LL.M. from the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary and will begin a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh's Law School in Fall 2024. She has experience with academic publications, various forms of legal writing, and creative writing. In her spare time, Kristine enjoys reading fiction, gaming, and art.

Katelyn Horsley (She/They) holds a Master of Sciences in Psychology from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology from Vancouver Island University, Canada. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology at the University of Calgary where they study the neural circuits that communicate sleep loss to the brain and body.

Katelyn specializes in STEM-based writing for undergraduate and graduate students, with expertise in post-secondary applications, scholarship applications, Tri-Council funding, conference presentations and posters, proposals, and theses. Outside of academia, they enjoy boxing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, and caring for her cat and many plants.

Sarah holds a BA (Hons) in English and History and a MA in English Literature from Carleton University. Her research studies included Victorian literature and the intersection of gender and ageism in Canadian literature. She has professional experience writing online as a content creator, editor, and manager for a diverse clientele. Sarah looks forward to helping students grow throughout their entire writing journey. In her personal time, Sarah spends time avoiding bears in the mountains and cheering on her kids in their activities.

Ali Mohammadi holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Tehran, Iran, and is currently pursuing his PhD studies in Mechanical Engineering at University of Calgary. Ali joined the writing support center in 2019. He enjoys helping students with different academic background, with their assignments, post-secondary/scholarship applications, research proposals, theses, conference presentations, and journal manuscripts. Outside academia, Ali loves following on European soccer leagues, hiking, biking, watching movies, cooking, and caring for his plants.

Telford-Anthony (T.A.) Pattinson holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary. In addition to his background in Communication Studies, T.A. enjoys supporting students with English, Film Studies, and Political Science and APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles. T.A. is from Calgary and during his personal time, he likes to read and collect comics.

Ralph Pollock holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He is experienced in writing support for both graduate and undergraduate students in most academic disciplines, especially in the sciences and engineering. In addition to philosophy, Ralph has a strong interest in the natural sciences, digital technology, and world history

Sebastian Sawh holds a Master of Arts in Political Theory, Philosophy and Language from the University of Manitoba. His fields of study are political theory, philosophy, and history. He is originally from Winnipeg and enjoys playing tennis, golf, baseball and hockey in his spare time. Sebastian has lectured

at the University of Manitoba and worked as a Research Consultant for both federal and provincial governments. He is an experienced tutor and enjoys helping students develop their writing and analytical skills. Sebastian's expertise and interests include modernism and post-modernism, surrealism, nihilism, existentialism, metaphor and the philosophy of language, history, art, poetry, literature and the philosophical implications of quantum mechanics.

Kathryn holds an MA in English Literature and a BA (Honours) in English and History from the University of Calgary. Her research surrounds equine literature, posthumanist poetry, and music as literature such as multimedia concept albums. She has experience in journalism and technical writing with the Canadian Pony Club and Badminton Alberta, as well as teaching out of Alberta South Regional pony clubs. She enjoys supporting students with writing in a variety of forms and texts. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys reading, writing, and Three-Day Eventing with her horse.

Donna-Lee has been a tutor and instructor at the Student Success Centre’s Writing Support Services since 2011, where she supports undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students with their particular writing needs and goals, across a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. “D-L” has happily worked with students on academic and reflective papers, lit reviews, proposals, theses and dissertations, grant applications, business writing, reports, personal statements, various citation styles, and other miscellaneous academic projects. D-L began her professional life as a social worker (BSW), then moved on to become a visual artist for about 20 years (BFA). She returned to university as a mature student, acquiring an MA in Communication and Cultural Studies (thesis-based), which opened up new intellectual and creative possibilities, including a passion for writing and editing. A long-time Calgarian, she has travelled widely and loves engaging with the diverse University of Calgary community.