University Writing Center

Special Note:

The University Writing Center is closed for the summer and will resume services at the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Upon reopening, we will continue to offer various session formats to accommodate in-person and distance consulting. We look forward to collaborating with you!

Our Mission Statement

Our mission at the University Writing Center is to collaborate with writers across disciplines, levels of experience, and backgrounds at St. John’s, and to adapt our services as campus responds to COVID-19. We consider it our role to foster the diversity of writers and writing practices represented within our University community. Our philosophy is guided by a commitment to social justice and to the cultivation of equitable learning environments for people of all linguistic, racial, cultural, gender, and sexual identities. We work with all writers to develop and strengthen their critical thinking, rhetorical awareness, written expression, and writing processes. 

Our Writing Center Consultants are undergraduate and graduate students of various majors trained to support writers across the five Colleges that make up St. John’s. As a community, our consultants work together to sustain collaborative learning practices both in and beyond face-to-face, e-tutoring and online writing consultations. Consultants also conduct their own research based on their work at the Writing Center, often presenting at regional and national conferences focused on composition and writing studies. With their leadership, the Writing Center continuously hosts tours, workshops, and collective writing events. Together, we aim to learn, stay in conversations, and engage in practices that enact our social justice initiatives.

How Our Sessions Work

All sessions between consultants and writers emphasize collaboration. Rather than "fixing" or "correcting" papers, consultants engage in conversation to spur the writer's self-reflection and critical thinking about techniques for planning, drafting, revising, and editing. Together, they discuss and practice strategies for navigating the writing process, foregrounding the writer's active role in finding expression for their ideas. 

We offer three types of sessions: face-to-face, online, and e-tutoring. Face-to-face sessions are available only when campus is open to students. Each session lasts a full hour. In the first forty-five minutes, the writer collaborates with a consultant, and in the last fifteen, the consultant produces a client report form that summarizes what was achieved in the session. Face-to-face sessions are conducted in person at the University Writing Center. Online appointments are live sessions that allow the writer to interact with a consultant through a chat interface. E-tutoring allows the writer to upload their document and have it returned with comments and suggestions. Online and e-tutoring sessions are particularly suitable options for distance-learning students and commuters. 


To Make an Appointment:

Location: St. Augustine Hall (University Library), Room 150

Contact: 718-990-2171 or [email protected] 


Hours of Operation:

Monday/Wednesday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Tuesday/Thursday: 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Sunday: E-tutoring Only


Interim Director:

Kathleen Lubey
Associate Professor, Department of English
[email protected]

Interim Associate Director:

Tina Iemma
Doctoral Candidate/Instructor, Department of English
[email protected]

Coming Soon. 

Faculty Book Reception

Each year, the University Writing Center, the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, the University Libraries, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of the Provost host a Faculty Book Reception to congratulate and celebrate our faculty authors, editors, and coeditors who have published within the past year.   


Coming Soon.