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Director: Madeleine Picciotto


Dr. Picciotto received an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her publications include Critical Thinking (a textbook for first-year university students). She has taught at a variety of institutions including Spelman College, UCLA, and the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Picciotto joined the UCSD faculty in 2000, and became Director of the UCSD Writing Center in 2012.

Administrative Coordinator: Jenny Haden


Jenny is a graduate of UC San Diego, where she majored in Literatures in English and worked for three years as a peer writing mentor. Jenny has delivered presentations about her writing center work at regional and national conferences, and has recently had an article on the role of conversation in writing tutorials published in Tutors: A Multiliteracy Journal.


Office Assistants:

Katie Hutchins Ellius Kwok                                     
Liberty McDonald Dyllan Thweatt  

Graduate Writing Consultants

Annie ChenFour graduate students from a variety of departments to be announced in September.

Undergraduate Writing Mentors

Annie ChenAnnie Chen
College: Warren
Major: Computer Science
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, argumentative writing, creative writing, resumes and cover letters, grammar/mechanics, blogging

Erika CherkErika Cherk
College: Warren
Major: General Biology
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, Phil 27-28, research papers, grammar/mechanics

Chandler ColquittChandler Colquitt
College: Muir
Major: Literature/Writing
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, Literature

Dan-Tran Cong-HuyenDan-Tran Cong-Huyen
College: Roosevelt
Major: Literature/Writing
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, Film Studies, Literature, creative nonfiction, fiction

Kenna DankersKenna Denkers
College: Muir
Major: History
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, History, literary analysis

Nassim Durali Nassim Durali
College: Muir
Major: Human Biology
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, History, lab reports, grammar/mechanics

Zoe HornerZoe Horner
College: Muir
Majors: Literatures in English and Communication
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, Communication, literary analysis

Andrew HuangAndrew Huang
College: Sixth
Major: Management Science
Minor: Political Science
Writing specialties: CAT, Basic Writing, Political Science, argumentative essays, application essays

Katie HutchinsKatie Hutchins
College: Roosevelt
Major: Physiology & Neuroscience
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, USP, historical research papers, cover letters and resumes

Tia IkemotoTia Ikemoto
College: Roosevelt
Major: International Studies
Minor: Business
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, argumentative essays, grammar/mechanics

Crystal InacayCrystal Inacay
College: Sixth
Major: Economics
Writing specialties: CAT, Basic Writing, Ethnic Studies, argumentative essays

Kathleen KaoKathleen Kao
College: Roosevelt
Major: Management Science
Minor: Theatre
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, argumentative essays, playwriting, creative writing, grammar/mechanics

Rachel Keirouz Rachel Keirouz
College: Warren
Major: Math, Computer Science
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, Phil 27, research papers, resumes

Ellius KwokEllius Kwok
College: Revelle
Major: Physiology & Neuroscience
Writing specialties: HUM, Basic Writing, application essays, grammar/mechanics

Jared MadnickJared Madnick
College: Roosevelt
Majors: Classical Studies and History
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, History, Literature, grammar/mechanics

Jasen MashalJasen Mashal
College: Muir
Major: Economics
Minor: Law & Society
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, Political Science, timed essays, argumentative writing

Liberty SackerLiberty McDonald
College: Warren
Major: Lit/Writing
Minor: Philosophy
Writing specialties: Basic Writing, Literature, Philosophy, argumentative writing, scholarship and application essays, creative writing, grammar/mechanics

Kelvin NoronhaKelvin Noronha
College: Roosevelt
Major: Physiology & Neuroscience
Writing specialties: MMW, Philosophy, History, Sociology, Anthropology, scientific papers, argumentative essays, application essays

Kyle ParkKyle Park
College: Roosevelt
Major: Political Science
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, Political Science, History, Literature, persuasive/analytical writing, creative writing, speeches, application essays, grammar/mechanics

Jesse QinJesse Qin
College: Warren
Major: Computer Science
Minors: Political Science
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, Political Science, speeches

Marissa ScheidMarissa Scheid
College: Revelle
Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Humanities
Writing specialties: HUM, Basic Writing, Literature

Sage Schubert ChristianSage Schubert Christian
College: Warren
Major: Linguistics
Minor: Theatre
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, argumentative writing, scriptwriting, creative writing, final polishing, grammar/mechanics

Johann SevillaJohann Sevilla 
College: Revelle
Major: Computer Science
Writing specialties: HUM, Basic Writing, argumentative essays, resumes and cover letters

Gabrielle StrasserGabby Strasser
College: Roosevelt
Major: Political Science
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, Political Science, argumentative writing, policy briefs

Jody TaiJody Tai
College: Muir
Major: Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, argumentative essays, research papers, grammar/ mechanics

Wilson TanWilson Tan
College: Marshall
Major: Physiology & Neuroscience
Writing specialties: DOC, Basic Writing, History, grammar/mechanics

Dyllan ThweattDyllan Thweatt
College: Sixth
Major: Anthropology, Religious Studies
Writing specialties: CAT, Basic Writing, Anthropology, History, literary analysis, scriptwriting, fiction, grammar/mechanics

Carley TowneCarley Towne
College: Warren
Major: Critical Gender Studies and Political Science
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, CGS, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Political Science, History, resumes and cover letters

Kendra ToyKendra Toy
College: Roosevelt
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Theatre
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, Theatre, Literature, argumentative essays, grammar/mechanics

Willie WiedenmannWillie Wiedenmann
College: Muir
Major: Management Science
Minor: Business
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, Literature, pre-writing, grammar/mechanics

Pravin WilkinsPravin Wilkins
College: Warren
Major: Literature/Writing
Minor: Visual Arts - Film
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, Political Science, Psychology, academic essays, creative writing, poetry

Anna YamamuroAnna Yamamuro
College: Roosevelt
Major: International Studies
Minors: Music and Korean Studies
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, Sociology, Anthropology, literary analysis, research papers, application essays, grammar/mechanics

Kevin YenKevin Yen
College: Warren
Major: General Biology
Minor: Health Care, Psychology
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, literary analysis, argumentative essays, pre-writing

Diane YoongDiane Yoong
College: Marshall
Major: Psychology and Critical Gender Studies
Minor: Art History
Writing specialties: DOC, Basic Writing, Psychology, Critical Gender Studies, Art History

Beverly YuBeverly Yu
College: Warren
Major: Bioengineering and Economics
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, lab reports, grammar/mechanics


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The Writing Center

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr., # 0301
La Jolla, CA 92093-0301

Writing Center Office:
127 Mandeville

Campus mail code: 0301
Telephone: 858-534-4911

Writing Center Director:
Madeleine Picciotto

Office: 124 Mandeville
Campus mail code: 0301
Telephone: 858-534-1384


Appointments 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Drop-in Zone 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Appointments 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Appointments 5:00 pm-8:00 pm