Megan McMurtrey is in the MFA Creative Writing Program here at Chapman. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in English and Journalism Certificate. While at LMU, Megan served for three years as an A&E staff writer for the campus paper, Los Angeles Loyolan. She has also served as a mentor for the non-profit literacy program, Young Storytellers Foundation, as well as a volunteer English tutor at Dominguez High School in Compton, California. Megan is proficient in MLA format, as well as several genres of writing including essays, research papers, critical analysis, fiction, and journalistic articles.
Simon Cross is pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting at Dodge College. He graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a Bachelor's in Music and a minor in Creative Writing. He has a wide range of experience in writing, including research essays, philosophical/literary analysis, short stories, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, and feature films. He is familiar with MLA and Chicago style formatting, and has a strong liberal arts background.
Mason Stoddard is a student the MFA Screenwriting Program at Chapman University. He graduated from BYU - Idaho with a BA in English and philosophy in 2012. He has varied writing experiences, including feature films, short stories, research essays, philosophical arguments, and literary analysis. He taught English as a second language in Estonia for two years.
Jordan Taffet created a self-designed major in Nutritional Science. Although Jordan’s studies at Chapman are primarily science-based, she has always had an immense passion for writing. Jordan’s past experiences in writing include interning for a local, Arizona magazine, Raising Arizona Kids, and assisting in the composition and publication of a nutrition-based novel with a local nutritionist in Arizona. Jordan has also taken many writing courses on her own solely out of interest in the subject field. Jordan’s experience as a writing tutor has been very rewarding, as she has loved assisting her peers in improving their writing capabilities. Jordan hopes to continue as a writing tutor for all her years spent at Chapman.
Danny De Maio
Danny De Maio is in the final year of the MA program in English. He has been a staff writer for Bangstyle.com for two years, been published in LA Raw, co-owns the bi-monthly lit 'zine Pour Vida, and was recently published in the Fall 2013 edition of Calliope. He drinks excessive amounts of coffee, so he's fired up to help you realize the greatness of your writing.