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Grace Reed

Grace Reed

Mentor Consultant

Undergraduate Writing Center, WSU

At age 5, I decided to be an author, and I haven't changed my mind yet. As I finished my BA in Creative Writing, that sustained love of language drove me to expand into editing and helping others strengthen their own writing habits. Currently a mentor consultant at the Writing Center while working on my first novel.

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"People need stories more than bread itself. They tell us how to live, and why." ~The Storyteller, Arabian Nights

Washington State University

BA, Creative Writing

College let me focus on what I loved: creative writing and storytelling.
Workshops with fellow writers expanded my interests to helping others strengthen their writing, ultimately leading me to earn a certificate in Editing and Publishing.
I was also a member of the Honors College, as well as earning a minor in Spanish.

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WSU Undergraduate Writing Center

Mentoring Consultant

The Writing Center helps a variety of students in every stage of every kind of writing assignment. Starting out as a volunteer, I was promoted early to Writing Consultant. I have been promoted to Mentoring Consultant. In this position, in addition to working one on one with students, I am now a resource for other consultants in the Center.

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WSU Undergraduate Writing Center

Small Group Facilitator

I guide peer groups of 4-6 students in workshopping one another's assignments for any class requiring written work. I encourage the students to critique the big picture (e.g., organization and flow) before smaller details like proofreading. Together, we identify patterns and habits of weak writing, then implement plans for improvement.

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"Good stories pay little attention to cultural or linguistic frontiers. The student of story collections finds himself adrift on an ocean of stories, an ocean which is boundless, deep and ceaselessly in motion." ~Robert Irwin, Arabian Nights: A Companion
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Frame Story Variations in the Arabian Nights

Honors Undergraduate Thesis

Given "Pass with Distinction," the highest available ranking for honors thesis work, my project comprised of a literature review of variations in the frame story of the Arabian Nights. I examined what effect the presence or absence of certain characters and events had on the collection as a whole, arguing that the more detailed frames engaged the reader by more effectively "hooking" them into the narrative. Through this project, I built a vocabulary for discussing strengths and weaknesses in storytelling in the context of literary criticism and audience emotional engagement, all of which helped grow my definition of what makes a "good" story.

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Fulbright Summer Institute 2014

Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK

From the end of June to the end of July 2014, I participated in a Fulbright Summer Institute at Nottingham Trent University. For four weeks, I lived and studied with seven other students from around the United States, focusing on “Creativity, Culture, History & Heritage” in Nottinghamshire. We visited museums, examined local history, and created our own final project representing our experiences in the program. In addition to getting to know Nottingham quite well, we spent a weekend in London, took a day trip to Brighton, and spent a night in Oxford after touring Blenheim Palace. I blogged about my experience at GracesNotesFromNottingham.blogspot.com.

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Fulbright Summer Institute
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Nottingham Castle

One of my favorite local attractions, this was a royal residence until peasant rebels from town burned it down.

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Blenheim Palace

We visited Winston Churchill's birthplace on the way to Oxford. My favorite room was the Long Library...

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The Tower of London

This infamous fortress is so thick with stories I could feel it in the air - and I loved every minute I spent inside.