Writing Centers

The Writing Center provides a place where all University students, faculty, and staff are welcome to discuss their writing with trained writing consultants.  It is one of the three arms of the University's Institute for Writing Studies (IWS) and exists to collaborate with all writers.  In addition to providing one-to-one consultations with students, the Writing Center sponsors readings and presentations by students and faculty, as well as faculty conversations about writing pedagogy and research methods.  Our undergraduate and graduate consultants are active in professional organizations and present their research at regional and national conferences.  The Writing Center exists to foster a writing culture across the University. To learn more, explore our digication site.

Our Approach to Sessions
Face-to-face sessions with consultants help students become aware of their writing strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies for becoming effective writers.  Instead of "fixing" or "correcting" papers, consultants offer advice and questions to spur self-reflection and critical thinking about students' writing, and they also work to model productive techniques for better planning, drafting, revising, and editing. Want to know more, explore our digication site.

Online Learning or Online Courses
Both of our Writing Centers also serve Online Learning students.  If you're a Online Learning student and would like to get assistance, click the link below to register and/or make an appointment.  You may choose to meet a consultant on-line in a chat room or upload a paper via e-tutoring. If you choose e-tutoring, one of our consultants will write back to you, typically within a day during the regular school year.

To Make an Appointment: stj.mywconline.com

General Information - Queens
718-990-2171 or writingcenter@stjohns.edu 

Fall 2013 Hours
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1 to 8 p.m.

General Information - Staten Island
718-390-4158 or writingcenter@stjohns.edu 

Harry Denny
Director, Writing Centers
Queens (718) 990-6919 / Staten Island (718) 390-4586

Tom Philipose
Associate Director, Writing Center, Queens
(718) 990-2659

Alison Perry
Associate Director, Writing Center
(718) 990-6918

Connie DeSimone
Administrative Assistant, Staten Island