Writing Center Appointments

Major Deidre Garriott
Writing Center Coordinator and Assistant Professor of English 

Ph:  (540) 464-7483

The Writing Center
Virginia Military Institute
215 Carroll Hall
Lexington, Virginia 24450

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The Writing Center Consultants

Mr. George AbryGeorge Abry (M.A., The Johns Hopkins University) is an instructor in the ERH Department.  Prior to coming to VMI in 2009, he worked as a professional writer and editor in New Orleans, where he was a regular contributor to the Times Picayune and Old House Journal magazine, and covered New Orleans tourism for TravelAgeWest, a west coast travel industry publication. In addition to feature writing, he has worked on a number of technical writing and public history projects for cultural resource management companies including URS Corporation.  Currently teaching ERH 103, he lives in Lexington with his wife, Andrea, and their two daughters.

Ms. Elise Sheffield,  Writing Consultant, (MTS, Harvard University), is Education Director at Boxer wood Nature Center in Lexington and an experienced grant writer; she has also taught composition, non-fiction reflective writing, and literature at Southern Virginia University.  

Dr. Sydney Bufkin, Writing Consultant (B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin), specializes in American and African American literature and digital humanities. At the University of Texas, Dr. Bufkin worked in the Undergraduate Writing Center and taught courses in rhetoric, writing, and literary studies. She especially enjoys working with writers on brainstorming and organization, and is always happy to share strategies for fighting procrastination.

 Mr. Marcus Hamilton, Marcus Hamilton was pleased to join VMI as an instructor in the Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies in 2014. Before coming to VMI, he taught courses in composition and American literature at James Madison University and served as a tutor in JMU’s First Year Involvement Writing Center. His research interests include interdisciplinary humanities (particularly the intersection of music and text in Renaissance sacred music and 20th-century folk music), first-year composition, and narrative ethics (primarily in the works of Kurt Vonnegut and Cormac McCarthy). In his spare time, he performs with central Virginia’s early music vocal ensemble, Zephyrus, and practices on the outstanding Taylor and Boody Opus 34, a historically-informed tracker organ built in the North German baroque style, which is housed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton, VA.