Melissa Helquist Dr. Melissa Helquist, Director

Melissa is the Director of the Community Writing Center and Associate Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College. She has been teaching writing for the past twenty years in a variety of contexts: in writing centers, online, in the classroom, and from a canoe in the Northwoods. She is a disability studies scholar and an accessibility advocate.

Justice Morath Justice Morath, Associate Director

Justice is the Associate Director of the CWC and Assistant Professor of Psychology at SLCC. In the interest of living up to his name, he is concerned with issues of social justice. He is currently most interested in how scientific literacy is a means of increasing civic engagement and empowering underrepresented groups. Knowing how to effectively and accurately write about scientific discovery is a key tool in making positive social change. Bicycles and burritos are his favorite discoveries.

Nic Contreras Profile Picture Nic Contreras, Writing Assistant/Programs Coordinator

Nic is a part-time musician, writer, student, and employee of the CWC. He is, however, a full-time human. He is excited to be part of the CWC and take part in creating positive change in the community as well as teaching and learning from the people of Salt Lake City. Nic enjoys all aspects of life, but especially the music of Radiohead. His poetry and photography were recently published in Folio. He also loves to travel, watch movies and chat with people about life. He currently attends the University of Utah, and plans on graduating with a Bachelor’s in English.

Zach FrederickZach Frederick, Writing Assistant/DiverseCity Writing Series Coordinator

Zach Frederick recently returned to academic life after more than a few years away from school. Having enrolled at SLCC in order to pursue an Associate's degree and transfer to University of Utah’s Writing and Rhetoric program, he finds himself loving life as a full time student. Zach took a much longer than intended break from school after high school graduation following his enlistment in the Air Force. He is now a full-time student at SLCC and a proud member of the Air Force Reserve at Hill AFB. In his spare time, you can find Zach enjoying many of the valley’s great outdoor activities or in his house reading or watching TV. In either case, he’ll be accompanied by his amazing dog sidekick, Loki.

Kat IbrahimKat Ibrahim, Writing Assistant/Youth Programs Coordinator

Kat is a full-time student at the University of Utah pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in English Teaching. She hopes to be an innovative high school English teacher and an advocate for education equality in the state of Utah. As the Youth Programs Coordinator at the CWC, she strives to find and address the writing needs of Utah’s youth. She particularly loves helping teens use writing as a tool to understand the world around them, and as a way to imagine an even better world. In her spare time Kat likes to write poetry and personal essays. She also is a semi-professional napper, an avid reader, a novice gardener, and a lover of baking and calligraphy. Her perfect day is when she’s exploring the Uintas with her husband and two boys and laughing around the campfire.

Raymond RiversRaymond Rivers, Writing Assistant/Special Projects Coordinator

Raymond Rivers works at the Salt Lake Community Writing center as a writing assistant. He is also a published poet, writer, and artist who also has several years of experience as an online game organizer. He is currently enrolled as an aspiring game designer at SLCC and has a hefty interest in the psychology of language and communication.

Kayden Groves Kayden Groves, Writing Assistant/Marketing and Publications Coordinator

Kayden studies graphic design full time at Salt Lake Community College, and works part time at the Community Writing Center as the Marketing and Publications Coordinator as well as a writing coach. He firmly believes in the Community Writing Center’s motto: everyone can write, even graphic designers. In his free time Kayden can be found reading, drawing, or exploring new avenues of creative expression. He is happiest when creating things and appreciating beautiful things created by others, be it typography, photography, the written word, or illustration. His favorite things are good kerning, bona fide small caps, and a quality cup of coffee or tea.

Warren Cook, Writing Assistant/Events Coordinator

Fresh out of Westminster College and the former Assistant Director of the Westminster Student Writing Center, Warren is the Events Coordinator at the CWC. His academic interests lie in arbitrary disciplinary boundaries; most recently between history, environmental studies, and rhetoric and composition. Outside the center, you can find Warren playing soccer, camping in the Great Basin, and drinking cold glasses of sparkling water. 

Katherine Allred, Writing Assistant/Outreach Coordinator

Katherine is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Writing and Rhetoric Studies at the University of Utah, and her areas of interest include sociolinguistics, social justice, alternative pedagogies, and project-based learning. She loves writing poetry and creative nonfiction, and won the SLCC Chapbook Competition in 2015 with a poetry manuscript entitled Light Passes Through. In 2017, she won first place in the Utah Press Association's Better Newspapers competition in the University Division, Features category.

Nean Hawe, Writing Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Nean is in his senior year at Westminster College, working on his Bachelor’s in English with a Creative Writing focus; and maybe a Minor in Anthropology, if he can squeeze the classes into his schedule. He is currently one of the prose editors for Westminster’s yearly literary magazine: ‘Ellipsis…’ Nean has a particular love of science fiction and fantasy, and hopes to one day finish one of the many such novel ideas bouncing around his skull. In the meantime he contents himself with writing short fiction in various genres and the occasional poem. When not reading, writing, or wasting time on the internet, he can be found enjoying Utah’s beautiful landscapes with his wife and daughter, or arguing recreationally over a cold pint with his friends.

Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee is comprised of active community members and/or professional writers and editors who advise the CWC on innovative ways to achieve its mission of supporting, motivating and educating people of all abilities and educational backgrounds who want to use writing for practical needs, civic engagement and personal expression.

Louis Borgenicht, Pediatrician and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah

Clint Gardner, Program Manager of College Writing and Reading Centers, Salt Lake Community College

Stephen Goldsmith, Director, Center for the Living City and Associate Professor (Lecturer), City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah

Anne Holman, Co-owner of King's English Bookshop

Brian Hutchinson, Director of Community Engagement, Volunteers of America

Lynn Kilpatrick, Associate Professor of English, Salt Lake Community College

Chris LeCluyse, Associate Professor of English and writing center director at Westminster College

Joy Pierce, Associate Professor, Writing and Rhetoric Studies at the University of Utah

Jennifer Suarez, Programs Specialist, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Martha Taylor, Community Connected Learning/Internship Coordinator, The Academy for Math, Engineering & Science (AMES)

Verónica Eileen Valdez, Associate Professor, Education, Culture & Society, University of Utah

Ken Verdoia, Senior Coordinating Producer, KUED; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Communication, University of Utah