Write Here, Right Now

Katie Elliott

Associate Director
Primary office:
Anschutz Library 424

I joined the KU Writing Center in Summer 2012, after working at the University of Chicago as a writer and copy editor for a year and a half. Before that, I served for four years as the Writing Center Coordinator and a composition instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where I also earned my master’s degree in English literature. While working as a writing center consultant there as part of my graduate teaching assistantship, I fell in love with writing centers and working with developing writers. My research interests include the writing and language acquisition process of English language learners, the nature and practice of writing in different disciplines, and the role of learning support in student persistence and success.

When not working, I’m usually either traveling, curled up somewhere with a book, or happily busy in my art studio, kitchen, or yard. I love to garden, play outdoors, and make things of all kinds; I paint, sew, make jewelry, bake, and am an enthusiastic cook. I also adore hiking, yoga, and dancing (though I’m not particularly good at it) and am currently trying to learn to like running.

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Meet the writer: Rute Muniz. KU undergrad, majoring in social work with a minor in public policy. First-year student from Brazil. Long-term goal: work to end child trafficking, both by helping single individuals and by making a difference on a global scale in terms of policy. Office Assistant at the KU Writing Center. “Writing is one of my basic needs. Not that I will physically die if I don’t write, but I will lose my glow, part of my personality. I write everywhere, anytime I feel inspired: at my classes, in the hallways, at my room, in my mind. I write to express how I feel, what I want to feel, and what I need to feel. I write to release forgiveness. I write to question, to argue, but also to think over things. I write to define who I am and distort what I once defined. Even if it is a paper for a class, I am always trying to make sense of it in my life. I write for many or for a few, for the called sane and the called crazy, because I have a little bit of both of them in me.” Want to hear more from Rute? Follow her on Twitter @callherute and Instagram @rutecmuniz. #writersofku #thisiswhatawriterlookslike (Photo credit: Katie Elliott)
"Writing is one of my basic needs. I write to define who I am."--Rute Muniz, KU 1st-year #thisiswhatawriterlookslike http://t.co/TzNBqvbMmZ

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