The Honors Program Writing Center

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Need help with grammar, citations, or those pesky bibliographies? Or are you simply suffering from writer’s block and could use some guidance? 

Whatever your dilemma, the Writing Center is here to help by providing top-notch writing assistance to Honors students. 

Through constructive dialogue, our trained tutors offer you the tools you’ll need to improve your writing skills in any of your classes.

Making an appointment 

E-mail us your name and at least two possible meeting times (during our open hours). Please allow 24 hours for your appointment to be scheduled.

Meet the Tutors

Nicole Thurston

Nicole is a native Flagstaffian and a senior English major here at NAU.  Her main areas of focus are linguistics and literature, with a minor in history.  She has also worked as an HON 190 GURU and an HON 100 facilitator.  Nicole is planning to move to the Pacific Northwest next year for graduate study in publishing or technical writing.  Someday, she hopes to work in publishing as an editor.  In her spare time, she likes to read books and hang out with her cats.  Her favorite book is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

Mikayla Cutlip

Mikayla is finishing her last year at NAU with a major in Interior Design and a minor in Spanish.  As one of her favorite places in Arizona, Flagstaff feels like a home away from home for this Jersey-born, Phoenix raised girl.  When not at the Honors Writing Center, Mikayla can be found catching up on her architectural history, drinking lots of coffee, exploring Flagstaff with friends, or attempting the occasional two step. 

J. Keane Short

Keane, a native Flagstaffarian, is a junior at NAU double majoring in English and History and double minoring in Asian Studies and Religious Studies.  He has also been a GURU for HON 190.  His list of hobbies, while too long to include for economic reasons, includes reading, writing, photography, films, poetry, fiction, philosophy, plays, Cold War history, social movements, politics, cooking, travel, and being a part-time Time Lord every other Tuesday.  He is an avid Honors student and practices sarcasm professionally. 

RobinLi Uber

RobinLi is a sophomore at NAU majoring in journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism and documentary studies.  She also works as managing editor of The Lumberjack and as a reader-grader for communication classes.  Her interests include film, poetry, environmental sustainability, the Oxford comma, and Red Rover.  She enjoys the company of animals and trees. 

Barbara Youngs

Barbara is the coordinator of the Honors Writing Center and has been involved with the NAU Honors department for ten years. She worked as a writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay area for 15 years, and has taught on the Navajo reservation (community college and high school) as well as for Honors. Barbara is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, which probably explains a lot.  She and her husband have two sons and a really big dog.