Grace Reed currently works as a Mentor Consultant and Small Group Facilitator at the Undergraduate Writing Center at Washington State University, where she recently graduated with a BA in creative writing, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in editing and publishing.
Grace’s aim to help others articulate and hear patterns in writing inspired her to volunteer at the Undergraduate Writing Center, where her performance led to her hire as a writing consultant in the spring of 2014. Her principal goal there is to help students identify and implement stronger writing habits through close readings of their work. After each consultation, ideally the student walks away with strategies for strengthening their personal patterns of weak writing. Grace facilitates this by listening to students brainstorm, engaging them in dialogue about their understanding of the topic, and offering alternative explanations for difficult concepts or prompts. In working one on one with numerous students and receiving feedback from the Writing Center survey system, Grace has developed critical reading and communication skills that she now uses to facilitate an English 102 small group collaborative.
Her work as a creative nonfiction intern 2013-2016 on The Palouse Review, the Honors College online journal, also honed Grace’s editorial skills and resulted in her promotion to managing intern. In this position of leadership, she worked to establish regular, effective communication between various staff members, hoping to lay out a framework to serve the journal after she graduates. Her primary duties consisted of promoting the journal and organizing intern activity, largely through social media outlets Facebook and Twitter. She also delegated advertising efforts and distributed information and marketing materials to the other interns. Additionally, Grace remained the section editor for creative nonfiction, where she continued to meet with the other section interns and review and recommend revisions for submissions.
As a student in the Honors College, Grace completed an undergraduate thesis project. Investigating a topic that has long fascinated her, she chose to compare the narrative strengths of the frame story variations in the Arabian Nights. Working closely with a faculty adviser, Grace argued for the emotional engagement of the reader based on the level of detail in different versions of the frame story centering on Scheherezade and her 1001 nights of storytelling. This thesis received Pass with Distinction, the highest mark available for these projects.
Grace had the opportunity to spend four weeks of the summer of 2014 participating in the Fulbright Summer Institute at Nottingham Trent University. During her time in Nottingham, she visited museums, observed architecture, studied modern art, and produced a final project representing her own experiences during the program. She also blogged daily about the experience. Since her return to the United States, she has given presentations and acted as a Fulbright ambassador at her own university encouraging other students to apply for distinguished scholarships.