Melissa Lutz

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

Location:Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
2 Skills
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Graduated December 2011
Bachelor’s Degree in English Education GPA: 3.2

Homer-Center Junior Senior High School Graduated June 2005
Academic Track

Private Writing Tutor Indiana, PA May 2010 – Present
•Work with writers, primarily writers for whom English is their second language, on grammar, word choice, and organization among other things.
•Work with students on their dissertations.

IUP Writing Center Indiana, PA March 2009 – December 2011
Writing Tutor and CUSP Coordinator
•Tutor students in all aspects of writing including, but not limited to grammar, punctuation, word choice, organization, and flow of ideas.
•Conduct workshops on topics such as MLA format, APA format, peer review, evaluating sources, and conducting research.
•Created peer review workshop, evaluating sources workshop, and advanced Microsoft Word workshop; these workshops are now offered regularly by The IUP Writing Center.
•Created a workshop for IUP’s CUSP program for incoming freshmen. Also created a schedule for tutors during the program and trained tutors on running the workshop.
•Communicate with professors and the campus at large through email, flyers, and statements in the campus newsletter.
•Responsible for the IUP Online Writing Center summer 2011. This involved responding to all emails, conducting online tutoring sessions and assigning tutors to sessions.

Borders Express Bookstore Indiana, PA July 2005 – January 2010
Bookseller and Keyholder
•Open and close store
•Handle money at opening and closing
•Keep the store organized and clean
•Provide services to customers such as locating merchandise, ordering merchandise, recommending books, and running the register.
Chestnut Ridge Chiropractic Blairsville, PA August 2004 – August 2005
•Transcribed dictation of chiropractic patient notes into a Word document.

•Familiar with MLA, APA, and Chicago citation styles
•Extensive experience with and knowledge of grammar and editing
•Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher.
•Working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat.
•Excellent interpersonal skills.

Achievements and Recognition
•Dean’s List
•First place winner of IUP English Department short story writing award (2009)
•Presenter at 2009 and 2010 IUP English Undergraduate Conferences
o"Giving Voice to Fear: Horror Writing in America" and "No Middle Ground: An Analysis of Edna in The Awakening" (2009)
o“The Importance of the Writing Center” (2010)
•Presenter at 2011 IUP Undergraduate Scholars’ Forum
o"When Are Colloquial Languages Appropriate in Academic Discourse?: Addressing Colloquial Language in a Tutoring Setting"
•Took part in the colloquy Writing Centers as Learning Cultures as a part of a panel discussing IUP’s Online Writing Center

• References Upon Request •
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