Writing Studio Director

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Amber Engelson, Ph.D.

Director of the Writing 

Assistant Professor of English-Communications



Writing Associates

Jaclyn Ordway

I am an English major with a Secondary Education licensure. In my spare time, I love to read just about anything from fantasy to adventure novels and I am the secretary of the MCLA Book Club. My friend and I created the Honors Student Representative Council and serve as its co-presidents and I am also a tutor on campus. In the future, I hope to become an English teacher so I wanted to be a tutor and a Writing Associate because these jobs will help me become a better teacher. I love being able to help people understand something they previously thought was too hard or frustrating for them.


Alex Romano

Hey, I'm Alex! I play softball for the MCLA Women's team, and I have a radio show on WJJW called "The Bucket" with two of my best friends. A few things about me: I'm a Harry Potter dork, I never go anywhere without my earbuds, and I love traveling. I'm an English major, working to be an author of novels, poetry, theater--just about anything! I have a Spanish minor and enjoy working with people who speak different languages. I love being a Writing Associate because I get to meet new people and help them succeed in something that I love: writing! See you in the Writing Studio. :)


Jade Tarris

I am a creative writing major and anthropology minor, and I love what I do.  I am a member of SSDP and Book Club, and I write fiction in my spare time. My favorite things in the world are, of course, to read and write, but I also enjoy swimming and building things. I wanted to become a Writing Associate to help others be the best writers they can be, and I love being able to assist in that goal.


Natalie Carpentier

Hello, I'm Natalie Carpentier. I am an English and Psychology double major with concentrations in Creative Writing and Literature. I also am the Vice President of the MCLA Queer Student Union and Students Taking Action for Gender Equality. In the future, I hope to either become a clinical psychologist, and English/psychology teacher, or a counselor. In the past, I mentored both K-3rd graders and 7th graders with English homework, and even taught lessons on different aspects of English to them. I've always had a passion for reading, writing, and helping others, which is why I became a Writing Associate. I hope to see you soon!



Tramel Griffith

Hello, I’m Tramel Griffith. I am an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. I am a member of the MCLA Book Club and reading is one of my favorite things to do. I also love photography, listening to music, and watching movies and TV shows. I wanted to become a Writing Associate to help others become the best writers that they can be. 


Brody Torres

Hi all! I am an English major with a double concentration in Literature and Creative Writing. My passions consist of confessional poetry, queer literature, and a general appreciation for the English language. On campus, alongside being a writing associate, I am a student ambassador as well as the poetry editor for Spires Literary Magazine. I wish to be an English professor as well as a published poet in my future and I am here to make sure your essay is the best it can possibly be! I look forward to meeting you all.



Sundra Lam, Student Manager

Hello! I am Sundra Lam! I play Lacrosse for MCLA and I am also a RASM in Berkshire Towers. I am an IDST major with a minor in Women Studies. I enjoy talking to people and as the Writing Studio Student Manager, I will probably have an answer to any questions you have. I am a welder and I enjoyed making metal artwork for the Writing Studio. I am also a huge cat lover, so you’ll see a lot of cat pictures around. I can’t wait to meet you all! ^-^  



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