Maddie Alburtus

  • Peer Tutor

Maddie is a sophomore from Tulsa, Oklahoma studying anthropology and English. She has a strong interest in the intersections between ethnography and literary journalism. Outside of The Writing Center, she has a radio show through KWUR, serves on the board of a St. Louis nonprofit, and is in training to be an Uncle Joe’s peer counselor. In her free time, Maddie enjoys trying new restaurants, playing with cats, and taking naps at inappropriate times of day.

What brought you to The Writing Center?

I was a first-year in College Writing and I adored doing workshops and fine-tuning my peers’ writing. My professor recommended I apply to The Writing Center and here I am!

What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?

Every single person who comes into The Writing Center has brilliant ideas. I love helping them shape those ideas on paper into what’s in their mind. Seeing the finished product is the best part!

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Personally, I struggle to figure out where to start. Prompts can be scary and overwhelming and trying to discover where I want to go is really difficult. (I use The Writing Center to brainstorm a lot these days!)

What advice do you have for writers?

Just start. You can’t shape something until you start writing. Once it is on paper, then you can start going where you need to go with a piece. Additionally, don’t be afraid to follow your writing, if you find yourself writing about something different that your outline, explore it