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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
September 5, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Student Tutors 2014/2015

Tutors at the Writing Centre are hand-picked from among the best undergraduate students at Laurier. They most often are referred to us by faculty members. They all have a high GPA (above 10), excel as writers, and are keenly interested in helping fellow students become strong writers. In addition, we also employ outstanding graduate student tutors.

All our tutors receive initial and ongoing training and are paid for their work. 

If you are interested in working as a writing tutor, please contact Boba Samuels, Manager of the Writing Centre.  We hire tutors in the spring to work in the following academic year.

Short biographies of our current undergraduate tutors are available below.

Seth Adema

My name is Seth, and I am in the third year of a PhD in History at Wilfrid Laurier University, which I began immediately after finishing my MA, also in history, at McMaster University. For my dissertation, I am studying Aboriginal cultural and political movements in Canadian prisons between 1958 and 1996. When I am not working on dissertation related projects, I play ball hockey, go mountain biking, or spend time with my wife and one year old daughter, Morgan.

This is my second year as a tutor at the Writing Centre. Working with students to help them communicate their ideas effectively has been one of the most rewarding parts of my time so far as a graduate student. I look forward to seeing you here soon.

Read more about my interests here.

Steven Arnott

Hello, my name is Steven.

I am a second year English student here at WLU. I plan on continuing on to a career in academia and exploring creative writing projects. I enjoy reading modern literature, listening to hip hop music, watching Japanese animation and playing some video games competitively. I hope to be able to help you with your writing needs!

Joseph Brannan

Hi! My name is Joseph, and I’m a fourth year English major. This is my second year working at the Writing Centre. I enjoy good conversations about linguistics, Tolkien, and sonnets, and also enjoy rock climbing and sailing from time to time. I am also the Literary Editor for Blueprint Magazine, Laurier’s arts and literature magazine on campus. I look forward working with you at the Writing Centre!


Corinne Brassem

My name is Corinne and I am a third year Biology and Anthropology student.  I am a first time tutor and I am really excited!  I enjoy reading, travelling, and meeting new people.  I look forward to seeing you in the writing centre this year!


Maggie Clark

Samantha Cooper

Chris Eaton

Hi. My name is Chris and I am a fourth year English major with a minor in French. Two of my passions are teaching and examining the nuances of writing. I look forward to combining these passions at the Writing Centre and helping people to become better writers in the process. I look forward to working with you this year.

Matthew Grant

Hey folks,

I’m a second year English and Film student who dreams of one day finding a career in creative writing. Some of my favourite writers include J.R.R. Tolkien, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, John K. Samson and George R.R. Martin. While I enjoy watching both classic and contemporary films, my real passion lies in television; I love shows like Community, Archer, Firefly, M.A.S.H., The Wire, Friday Night Lights, The Muppet Show, Breaking Bad, Parks and Recreation, Futurama and Mad Men. You can find me in the Writing Centre ready to talk about Hemingway, Hitchcock, or homonyms: hopefully not all at once.

Best of luck in your studies this year!

Haydn Lawrence

I am a PhD student in Geography specializing in spatial data and geomatics. My study interests are quite diverse, as demonstrated by my previously completing a Bachelor of Computer Science and later attaining a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and a Master of Science in Geomatics. After my undergraduate studies, I taught ESL/EAP at various universities and schools in Asia for the better part of a decade.

Outside of my research or studying languages, I tend to participate in a smorgasbord of activities including scuba diving, bungee jumping, skydiving, snowboarding, computer programming, or just taking an entire day off and reading a book (mostly nerdy Sci-Fi).

I look forward to helping in the areas where you feel less confident while selfishly learning a bit about what it is you are writing about.

Ashley Lieu

Emily Jones


My name is Emily Jones and I am in my first year of my PhD in English at Wilfrid Laurier. I completed my MA last year at the University of Western Ontario and I used to work at the Writing Centre during my undergrad at Laurier, so I am very excited to be back! I have worked as a teaching assistant for "Dramatic Forms and Genres" and "Reading Fiction." In my spare time, I enjoy creative writing, reading, singing, painting, photography, attending music festivals, and watching awesome movies and television shows.

I look forward to helping you out with your writing projects!

Lindsay Meaning

Hello! My name is Lindsay Meaning, and I'm a third year student studying English with a minor in history. My areas of interest lie primarily in the Victorian and Romantic Periods. After I complete my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue graduate school in English, hopefully leading to a PhD. In my spare time I can generally be found either reading or playing games, whether console, PC, or tabletop. This will be my second year working as a student tutor in the Writing Centre - I had an amazing time over the past three semesters helping students improve their writing, and I look forward to this year being even better!

Jianan Mo

Hello! My name is Jianan. I am a third year BBA international student on campus now. This is my first term working at the Writing Centre as part of the International Student Work Experience Program. I plan on to work in marketing when I graduate from Laurier. I love swimming, climbing, and reading in my spare time. I hope I can help international students who study at Laurier. I really enjoy working at Writing Centre!


Alexis Motuz

My name is Alexis. I am a second-year PhD student in the Department of English & Film Studies. Although my specialization area is Canadian Literature, my research interests also include ecocriticism, theories of embodiment, cognitive psychology, affect, representations of science & technology in poetry, and the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. I completed my MA at Wilfrid Laurier (2009) and my undergrad in the Arts & Science program at McMaster (2008). I have worked as a teaching assistant for “Writing and Informal Logic” at McMaster, as well as for the first year “Reading Poetry” and “Reading Fiction” here at Laurier.

I am excited to have the opportunity to work closely with students on their writing this year.

Caitlin Mulroney

Hello! My name is Caitlin and I am a third year History major here at Laurier. I enjoy reading historical fiction and watching movies like "Singin' In the Rain" from Classic Hollywood in my spare time. It's hard to stop myself from talking about old films constantly, if I'm honest. As a first-time tutor, I am looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces at the Writing Centre and will do the best I can to help you with your writing!

Cory Scurr

Greetings all,

I'm a second year PhD student in the Department of History. Currently, my research focuses on Canadian Cold War history, Canadian foreign policy with the Soviet Union during the Diefenbaker years to be exact! ("Dork!" ... who said that?) I also enjoy long romantic walks on the, wait, no. I play ball hockey and ultimate frisbee and I spend every extra moment with my clever four year old daughter and energetic 19 month old son. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can and hearing your stories. Oh, I'm also excited to help you engage with your assignments and become strong, effective communicators.

See you soon!