The Honors Program Writing Center
The Honors Writing Center provides
one-on-one assistance to any Honors student, on any paper, for any class. The tutors are trained Honors students who
can offer help and insight on a variety of writing issues. With a broad range of services, the tutors
can focus on such topics as formulating a thesis, incorporating supporting
evidence, connecting topic sentences, moving from passive to active voice,
structuring a conclusion, and more.
Honors students are encouraged to come in for help at any stage in their
Making an appointment
Send us an e-mail at Honors.Writing@nau.edu. Please try to suggest two possible meeting
times during our scheduled hours, and try to give us 24 hours advance
notice. We will respond quickly.
Meet the Tutors
J. Keene Short
Keene, a native Flagstaffarian, is a senior 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 is a junior 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.
is a junior English major with a focus in linguistics and literature. She also
has a minor in Public Relations to make herself feel better about job prospects
after college. She is currently a GURU for HON 190 and enjoys making a fool of
herself in front of her students. Her hobbies include reading, staying up very
late watching TV, drinking a lot of hot chocolate, and obnoxiously serenading
her friends. She also really enjoys the word “rutabaga.”
Kelsey is a junior at NAU this
year who wishes she could adopt "dinosaur" as her professional job
title. However, she thinks that being a Writing Center Tutor is just about as
exciting as being a reptilian terror. When not studying Creative Writing,
Kelsey can be found hiking around Flagstaff, eating mass quantities of ice
cream, and asking strangers if she can pet their dogs. She also has a
passionate love for all things grammatical and adores helping students improve
their sentence structure, word choice, and other wordy things.
Luke, identified by his superiors
as “funny looking”, hails from the Phoenix suburbs but will often lie about it
in order to further cultivate his guise of exoticism. In high school, Luke
convinced himself that he would never pursue institutionalized higher education
and would instead live a life of carefree vagrancy. Though several of his close
friends have wandered that path, Luke chose to carve his niche in the NAU
honors program. He now quite happily studies comparative religion, philosophy,
and environmental sustainability. When not occupied by his coursework or
demanding responsibilities at the Honors Writing Center, he enjoys grooming his
man bun, dabbling in music performance, travelling, producing visual artwork,
riding his bicycle, meeting people, and engaging in “ethereal” dialogue. His
brain food of choice is Rolos and coffee and he humbly accepts tips and gifts
of admiration from his tutees.
is the coordinator of the Honors Writing Center and has been involved with the
NAU Honors Program for over 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, one at U of A and one coming to
NAU in 2015, and a really big dog. She
thinks one of those four males is a goofball, but she declines to specify.