Heather MacDonald, Writing Center Coordinator
Bachelor of Education, St. Thomas University, 2010
MA Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2008
BA Honours English Language and Literature, St. Thomas University, 2002
About: Before coming to the Writing Centre, Heather was a Learning Strategist at STU for 3 years. Her father graduated from STU in 1974, so she is a second generation STUdent, and feels like this is home. When she is not working with words, Heather is running after her adorable one-year-old twin girls!
Writing Pet Peeve: Overuse of the word “literally”.
Random Fact about Heather: She plays tin whistles and sings in a Celtic folk band.
Salar Ghatta, Graduate Writing Centre Tutor
PhD, Creative Writing and English Literature, University of New Brunswick, 2016-Present
MA, English Literature, Shahid Beheshti University, 2016.
BA, English Language & Literature, University of Isfahan, 2013
About: Salar is a third-year doctorate student at UNB. Salar’s fiction hopes to contribute to the larger project of reclaiming the rich and diverse Persianate, Iranian, and Middle-Eastern cultures effaced by neo-imperialist tropes of religious fundamentalism and terrorism. His dissertation, a work in progress, is a magic-realist detective novel about Sufism and skepticism.
Writing Pet Peeve: The ungrammatical use of the word “like”.
Random Fact about Salar: He meditates every day.
Isabelle Goguen, Graduate Writing Centre Tutor
Bachelor of Arts, University of New Brunswick Saint John, Majors in English Language and Literature and History, 2018
Bachelor of Social Work, St. Thomas University, In Progress
About: She is a first year student at St. Thomas’s Bachelor of Social Work program.
Writing Pet Peeve: Overuse of the word “like”.
Random Fact about Isabelle: She just adopted a pet cat, and her name is Rosalie.
Spencer Folkins, Writing Centre Tutor
Bachelor of Arts, St. Thomas University, Honours English Language and Literature, Major in Great Books, 2020
About: Featured as an Emerging Author at the 2017 Moncton Frye Festival, Spencer’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in several journals, both online and in print. He is on the Board of Directors for the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, a member of the Editorial Board for The Fiddlehead, and is originally from Sussex, New Brunswick. He is currently in his third year at St. Thomas University and studies Great Books as well as English Language & Literature.
Writing Pet Peeve: Over/underuse of commas.
Random Fact about Spencer: He knows how to ride a unicycle.
Kristina Kocsis, Writing Centre Tutor
Bachelor of Arts, St. Thomas University, Honours Criminology and Criminal Justice, Major in Psychology, 2019
About: Kristina is currently in her fifth year at St. Thomas University completing an undergraduate thesis with the Criminology and Criminal Justice Honours Programme. She has a double major in criminology and psychology and loves social sciences. When she isn’t working or studying on campus, Kristina can be found with her teammates as she is also a member of the St. Thomas Women’s Hockey Team.
Writing Pet Peeve: Fancy thesaurus-generated words used to “fluff up” sentences.
Random Fact about Kristina: She can play the ukulele.
Elizabeth Tuck, Writing Centre Tutor
Bachelor of Arts, St. Thomas University, Honours Human Rights, Majors in Political Science and Great Books, 2020