Morgan Held

  • Peer Tutor

Morgan is a senior from Connecticut, majoring in English with a minor in art history. In addition to being a peer tutor, Morgan is on the executive board for Out of the Blue and a contributor for AUX Magazine. In her free time, Morgan is on the search for the best ice cream in St. Louis or discovering new music.

What brought you to The Writing Center?

I wanted to learn about how to inspire confidence in other’s writing and hopefully learn ways to strengthen my own abilities on the way. The Writing Center had helped me when I was in my First Year Seminar, and I loved that I could get the chance to provide the same opportunity for my peers.

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

I love seeing new perspectives on ideas that might challenge my own. Working with writers at the Writing Center is a collaborative effort and a chance to get excited about something with a peer. You get exposed to all different types of writing so each day brings something new!

What do you find most challenging about writing?

I think what is most challenging is the idea that your writing needs to be absolutely perfect on the first draft. We are our own worst critics. I constantly delete my work because I usually don’t believe in it. Getting over that hurdle is not easy, but it is necessary.

What advice do you have for writers?

Get creative and find what works for you! I love writing my ideas out on massive whiteboards and getting very messy before I start writing. Also, if you are lazy like me, I learned that an easy way to check your writing is by copying it into Google Translate (with the English —> English setting on) and having the voice read it back to you. Although the computer voice is a bit disjointed, you might catch a few places to fix and maybe have a good laugh!