Kalpana Bodavula

  • Senior Tutor

MA in Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
BA in English, Washington University in St. Louis


Kalpana has always had an interest in the written word and oral tradition. She has worked at many writing centers including both the Graduate and Undergraduate Writing Centers at Saint Louis University and at Baruch College. She has also taught introductory writing courses to first year students and has worked as an instructor at different ESL programs.


What brought you to The Writing Center?
When I moved back to Saint Louis, I knew that I wanted to continue teaching and working with students. I also knew that Washington University would be an ideal place to work from my experiences both as a former student and instructor at the University College.

What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
Having both taught classes and worked at writing centers, I would have to say that what I like most about working at writing centers is the number of students I work with in a day and, subsequently, the variety of topics and assignments we discuss.

What do you find most challenging about writing?
Getting started!! The assignments always seem so daunting and impossible. However, once I start writing, slowly but surely the paper will begin to take shape.

I allow myself many drafts, which means I allow myself plenty of time to work on the paper.

What advice do you have for writers?
Planning ahead is critical.  If you schedule yourself enough time to brainstorm, discuss, draft, revise, edit, and if necessary do this process a few times even before the due date, you will not be as stressed.  Rather, this extra time will afford you the opportunity for better perspective, more distance, and more objective critical analysis.