Graduate Student Appointments

Support for Graduate Teacher Education Students

Faculty Writing Coaches are available to support writers at the graduate level in addition to our continued peer tutoring for undergraduate writers. Writing Coaches are available to meet with graduate students in person or remotely (over Skype, Hangouts, collaborative conferencing via Google docs, etc.). Writing Coaches (all of whom have an M.A. or Ph.D.) can provide support at any stage of the writing process, including outlining, drafting, structuring discussion of an idea, supporting ideas with research, evidence analysis, organization, and voice.

If you are a graduate student seeking assistance from a Writing Coach, please contact:

Michelle Bonanno

Making the Most of Support from Writing Coaches

Our Writing Coaches are teaching faculty in the English Department. We are passionate about writing as a tool for learning, personal growth, and community transformation.

We are here to provide individualized writing support as you complete your graduate research and writing. You can meet with a Writing Coach at any point in your writing process: from generating ideas, to establishing an organizational structure, to polishing a final draft. Our goal is to collaborate with you as you develop new skills and to support you in becoming a confident, flexible writer.

What Can You Expect During a Meeting With Your Writing Coach?

  • To help you get the most out of your visit, we will help you develop specific goals for our session. This plan for your session will be specific to the writing project you are working on as well as reflect your overall writing goals.
  • We can help you locate the most common types of errors in your writing and help develop strategies for effective self-editing. We can explain stylistic choices and direct you to resources to address specific grammatical errors.
  • Your project belongs to you, so we’ll leave the pen in your hand as we guide your revision process through constructive feedback, questions, and explanations.
  • We will support you in developing an ongoing revision plan to continue your work after our session together. Remember that your work with a Writing Coach should be an ongoing partnership; we may meet several times to work on various stages of a single project.

How Can You Sign up for an Appointment? You may contact any of our Writing Coaches directly to set up an appointment (profiles and contact information are included below). You can arrange a time to meet in person or over Skype, Hangouts, Zoom, etc. for help with your writing. Our Coaches are available to meet/talk with you during times that fit your busy schedule. When you contact us, we will respond to you within 24 hours. Please plan to allow at least 48 hours to receive feedback on your writing. 

How Can You Make the Most of This Support?

  • To make the most of your time with your Writing Coach, contact us early! You will benefit from an ongoing dialogue about your work and ample time for revision and editing.
  • Consider sending written work to your Writing Coach in advance of your scheduled appointment. This gives us the opportunity to read and comment on your work so that our time together can be spent discussing potential revisions and next steps.
  • Give your Writing Coach as much information as you can to help us get to know you as a writer.This might include describing the details of your writing process, discussing your writing strengths and challenges, or sharing faculty comments on your written work.
Writing Coaches: Profiles and Contact Information

Jillian Wenburg

Phone: 970-382-6997


Jillian L. Wenburg has taught at Fort Lewis College since 2011, teaching Composition and Honors courses. She previously taught Composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nebraska-Kearney, and Central Community College. She received her PHD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City's interdisciplinary program, focusing on American literature and American Western history. Her dissertation discusses Nebraska author Mari Sandoz. She received her M.A. in English and B.A. in English from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. 

Erik Juergensmeyer

Phone: 970-247-7098


Erik Juergensmeyer is an associate professor of English at Fort Lewis College. He joined the College in 2007. Erik's writing courses focus on how rhetoric and writing can improve communication for the public good. His interests include argumentation, community-based learning and research, and conflict resolution. Erik is also coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies minor. When he's not reading, teaching, and writing, Erik enjoys spending time outdoors camping, climbing, fishing, and skiing.

Candace Nadon

Phone: 970-247-7031


Candace Nadon teaches in the English Department at Fort Lewis College.  She is a Fort Lewis alum and received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine and a PhD in English with creative concentration from Georgia State University.  In addition to teaching at the Fort, she writes and publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry and is writing her first novel.  She has written the instructor manual for a composition textbook and also works as an editor.  Candace looks forward to working with the Teacher Education students and is available to assist in all stages of the writing process, from planning to polishing.  

Michelle Bonanno

Phone: 970-247-7183


Michelle Bonanno began teaching at FLC in 2005 and has taught Composition, Honors, and Freshman Seminar courses. She is an FLC alumna and earned an MA in Communication from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2004. Michelle is also the Director of the FLC Writing Center where she has the privilege of learning from (and supervising) insightful, passionate peer educators.