Our Team

The Writing Centre provides free writing support to Tyndale University College and Seminary students. Our friendly, knowledgeable tutors are here to help you at any stage of an assignment and offer suggestions to strengthen your writing.

Lina Balsamo, Writing Centre Director

Favourite Quote:
"Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint." - Jane Austen

Favourite Punctuation Mark:
The question mark. My inquisitive personality delights in making discoveries, and I believe that one of the best ways to learn is simply by asking questions. Would you agree?

Writing Centre Tutors:

Matthew Knox

Program: MDiv Pastoral Studies

Favourite Quote:
"Are the things you're living for worth Christ dying for?"
- Leonard Ravenhill

Favourite Punctuation Mark:
The period. Why, you may ask? I must admit, there are more exciting punctuation marks. However, the period is essential to the English language and highly underrated. For these reasons I feel it deserves its place of recognition.

Jasmine Owen

Program: MTS (Missions Minor)

Favourite Quote:
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer."  
- Henry David Thoreau

Favourite Punctuation Mark:
The dash. It's playful, flexible, clever... and best of all, it allows you the freedom to wander off in thought, but just as effortlessly brings you back.

Jessica Ferg

Program: BA Honours English (Psychology minor)

Favourite Quote:
"Life, like a dome of multi-coloured glass, stains the white radiance of Eternity."
- Percy Shelley

Favourite Punctuation Mark:
The semi-colon, because it's such a tricky punctuation mark to place.  There always seems to be a mystery surrounding how to use it.  However, when used properly, it always makes a powerful statement.

Krystiana Garde-Lyn

Program: BA English and Biblical Studies and Theology

Favourite Quote:
"In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you."
- Leo Tolstoy

Favourite Punctuation Mark:
The period. It can add both finality and mystery to a thought. It also offers readers a pause to take a breath and take in the weight of what has been read.

Robert Koch

Program: BA Honours English (Philosophy minor)

Favourite Quote: “In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself.” - C.S. Lewis

Favourite Punctuation Mark: The Oxford or serial comma, because it stands as one of the most persecuted marks in the punctuation world. Constantly threatened by those who trust in lonesome conjunctions and ambiguous context, the Oxford comma is often forgotten and receives little praise for its contribution to the English sentence list.

Amy Francis

Program: Master of Theological Studies

Favourite Quote: “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.” - George Bernard Shaw

Favourite Punctuation Mark: Personally, I favour the dash. The dash, when used effectively, will add punch and personality to any piece of writing. It reflects both the rhythmic quality of human speech and the disjointed nature of human thought.

Emily Puccini

Program:  BA English (History minor)

Favourite Quote:
"Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It is enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it."        
- Claude Monet

Favourite Punctuation Mark:
The exclamation mark. It must be used with taste and caution, and only to highlight your most dramatic sentences. Read Poe or Shakespeare for some good examples.

Jeremy Dawson

Program: BA Honours Philosophy and Biblical Studies and Theology

Favourite Quote: "Error never shows itself in its naked reality, in order not to be discovered. On the contrary, it dresses elegantly, so that the unwary may be led to believe that it is more truthful than truth itself." - Irenaeus of Lyons

Favourite Punctuation Mark: The quotation mark. Isaac Newton is credited with writing, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Newton seized the idea that we are indebted to our intellectual forebears for our accomplishments. In this way, the quotation mark brings the breadth of human research and insight into our fingertips, and dares us to do better.

Roxy Koch

Program: Philosophy

Favourite Quote:
“He (God) wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there, He is pleased even with their stumbles.” - C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape Letters)

Favourite Punctuation Mark:
The period.  It finishes every thought with composure, each time bringing a subtle sense of hope and progress in the reminder that it will, one day, also finish the very last sentence of your assignment.