Our Volunteers

Write Local relies on generous, passionate volunteers.

Interested? We invite you to read about our current facilitators and judges and to review our current needs. To give you an idea, Write Local launched its programs in November 2014. In that month alone, over 60 writers participated in our free and low cost programs made possible by our team of 22 passionate volunteers.  You can help us to double the number of writers and volunteers in 2015. Together, we can ensure that Westmoreland County youth get access to high quality writing opportunities.

Ursula Adams

Ursula Adams is a teacher at Holy Trinity in Ligonier, Pennsylvania and a writing, English, and Spanish tutor at Westmoreland County Community College.

Katherine Catanzarite

Katie Catanzarite is a junior Creative Writing major at Seton Hill University. She is inspired by J.K. Rowling, John Green, and R.L. Stine. Life is her muse . . . and tea . . . many, many cups of tea. Aside from college and volunteering for Write Local she also runs her own blog: www.classicallykatiecat.com.

Connor Chywski

Connor Chywski is a sophomore at Saint Vincent College majoring in Secondary Education and English. He regularly volunteers with Write Local’s home school creative writing clubs and plans to teach college English.

Trish Fiddner

Trish Fiddner is a retired flight attendant and a current English tutor in Westmoreland County. A former English major, she enjoys working with students on their academic writing skills.

Kirra Lent

Kirra brings her passion for creative writing and education to Write Local. Currently, she is developing a creative writing event about fictional worlds, and she is connecting Write Local to the California University student population. She studies Secondary Education Social Studies and English at California University of Pennsylvania.

Sandy Romano

Sandy Romano taught middle school language arts at Christ the Divine Teacher School in Latrobe, PA for 41 years. Now retired, she volunteers her knowledge, passion, and skills to Write Local students.

Marcia Speicher

Marcia serves as a co-facilitator for Write Local workshops. A writer herself, she particularly is interested in imaginative children’s literature.

Carolyn Turner

With an eye for design, Carolyn works on the look and feel of our workshops. She also co-facilitates our creative thinking events and serves in an advisory role.