Here are some of the tutors for the 2020-21 academic year:



Thu is in her 3rd year at ECU, studying Critical and Cultural Practices. She sees writing as a way  of making sense of the very complex human experience. She takes special interest in and write most extensively about cultural nuances through stories. Fluent in Vietnamese, English, and Korean, she recognizes the fears and issues with writing in English for multilingual students and believes that once they are addressed properly, writing is not as scary as many think it is.

She recommends The Very Hungry Caterpillar for anyone new to writing. One misconception many people have about writing is that it needs to be polished to the nine, when in fact, good writing is comprehensible writing. Children books have found that exact equilibrium between comprehensibility and mystery that many other books cannot. Therefore, she believes all fictions are merely intricate layers of children books.

She also enjoys dogspotting whenever she can, yet has never had the courage to pet one.


Vee is currently in their 2nd year of the MFA program, here at Emily Carr, and will be graduating in 2021. They’ve completed their BFA in Visual Art in 2019, and BA in English and Gender Studies in 2013. They are a published author, professional artist, and IRL troll. Their practice is focused on themes of queer identity, sustainability, and critiques of “capital A” art. Their favourite part of working at the Writing Centre is enabling students to pursue their writing with agency and confidence.



Hi, I’m Jourdan, a fourth year CRCP student with a minor in SPACE whose primary artistic practice is through creative writing. I identify as a femme, cisgendered, magickal woowoomxn re-enchanting my mind, body, spirit, and heart on the never surrended territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ peoples and identify as a Cancer Sun, Gemini Rising, and Scorpio Moon with a whole lot of Virgo splashed in there. I like to think of myself as a bit of a writing midwife – helping you birth and realize ideas living in your body onto the page in personalized and supportive ways. I’m interested in expressive forms of writing, whether that be through creative writing, bringing in multilingualism, or working through emotional blocks to get that research paper finished. Some of my favourite books right now are Agua Viva by Clarice Lispector, The Smell of Rain on Dust by Martin Pretchel, and of course, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I look forward to working with you wherever you are in your writing journey!



My name is Mathew, I use he/him pronouns and I’m a part-time student interested in the intersections between drawing and new media. I’m from Toronto, Ontario, and have lived in Vancouver since 2015. Academic writing helps me consolidate the messy ideas in my head into
something comprehensible to another person. I consider writing strongly linked to personal growth and that tutoring is an exchange of ideas where we can learn from each other. I really enjoy helping others find their voice through writing and I look forward to working with you!


Zoë is a 4th year student expecting to graduate with her BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr. She is interested in all forms of writing and more so, building confidence in others to succeed and thrive in the world of literature and text, however that may look. She’s Anishnaabe Métis maternally with a father of european descent. Before her time at Emily Carr she worked with her family run non-profit organization for their urban indgenious community in Calgary, AB where she was also born. Zoë takes pride in advocating for her communities and is always delighted to write a concise, polite and effective letter of outrage, as long as it’s for the right cause.

Zoë enjoys reading science fiction and poetry, text as/in art, and graphic novels. She’s also into weird movies, the paranormal, loves to be out in nature and is always cooking up a storm.

Mercedes (Faculty Writing Associate)

MercedesMercedes Eng is a prairie-born poet of Chinese/white ancestry living in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Nations. Eng’s creative and pedagogical writing practice is anti-racist, intersectional, and grounded in lived experience and social justice community organizing. She is the author of Mercenary English, Prison Industrial Complex Explodes, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and my yt mama. Her writing has appeared in the Lambda-nominated Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry, Jacket 2, Asian American Literary Review, and The Abolitionist.

As Faculty Writing Associate for 2020-21, Mercedes seeks to support writing development and access for BIPOC students, and is in the midst of organizing a decolonial reading/Japanese horror movie-viewing series inspired and guided by Eve Tuck and C. Ree’s radical consideration of settler colonialism, “A Glossary of Haunting.”

Alla (Faculty Writing Associate)

AllaDr. Alla Gadassik is a media historian/theorist/programmer with special interest in cinematography, animation, and experimental cinema. She has published articles and book chapters on a range of these topics, most recently on the role of women in early film editing. More articles are forthcoming in the journals Feminist Media Histories (on independent women animators) and Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (on animation and technology). Alla is also a peer writing consultant with over fifteen years of experience.


As Faculty Writing Associate for 2020-21, Alla seeks to support all members of the ECUAD community, particularly faculty and graduate students, with proposal writing. She will serve as peer consultant on individual proposal projects alongside developing synchornous and asynchronous workshops dedicated to specific proposal genres. Alla is also interested in supporting exchanges and materials on unconventional approaches to structuring scholarly writing.