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. 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.
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.
Online Learning or Online Courses
Our Writing Centers also serve Online Learning students. If you're an 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 academic year.
To Make an Appointment: stj.mywconline.com
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
Associate Professor, Department of English
Interim Associate Director:
Doctoral Candidate/Instructor, Department of English
Hyde Charter School in The Bronx
The SJU Writing Center hosted a group of 80 students and administrators from Hyde in order to provide and model mentoring to help current students with their writing and lay groundwork for Hyde’s own future mentoring program. The event also served to give Hyde students their first glimpse of a college campus; SJU Writing Consultants led tours of campus, answered questions about applying to college and college life in general, and served as mentors/points-of-contact to foster the relationship between SJU and Hyde.
St. John's Preparatory High School in Queens
Our Writing Center consultants have been working for several years with teachers and students at St. John's Prep on developing their own writing center. We’re proud to report that the SJP writing center is thriving and their staff has presented its work at national conferences alongside the SJU Writing Center. Each year, we continue to host their prospective staff to lead them in training and modeling our methods of peer consultation.
The High School for Community Leadership
For several years First-Year Writing faculty have been meeting with high school faculty at the nearby High School for Community Leadership, visiting students from the high school on a semi-weekly basis, as well as holding sessions with those students on our campus. The goal is to introduce students to a college-level writing environment, introducing them to the variety of writing projects and they might encounter in college.
The SJU Writing Center has also begun working with HSCL administrators and students in order to mentor and lead HSCL in development of their own self-sustained peer-mentoring/writing program.
Christo Rey High School in Brooklyn
UWC Associate Director served as a writing coach for seniors working on their personal statements for college applications.
Student Veterans Association
The SJU Writing Center directors have met with administrators and student veterans in order to develop and maintain a writing-support group for the SVA. We plan to provide academic mentoring along with a creative/emotional/personal writing outlet for SVA members.
Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology
The SJU Writing center hosted a group of teachers, students, and administrators to offer peer mentoring for Brooklyn HS students in their college applications. We hope to continue this work and to help Brooklyn HS develop their own mentoring program and to further help their college applicants.
St. John’s Bread and Life Soup Kitchen and Community Center in Brooklyn
Writing Consultants led writing/literacy workshops for Bread and Life guests. In most cases, these workshops centered on fostering an outlet for the guests’ voices, which often go unnoticed. We hope this type of writing—along with our other practical employment-related writing exercises—empowered the guests to move forward in their lives and deal with their hardships and hurdles. Among many other projects, we uploaded guests’ writing and art projects online and sponsored readings on campus and at Bread and Life.Nazareth High School in Brooklyn
Writing Center staff worked with faculty and students from Nazareth Regional High School in Brooklyn to launch a student-staffed high school writing center on the premises of the East Flatbush school. Involvement included one-to-one and group training both on the St. John's Queens campus and at the high school facility. Our Writing Center consultants worked with high school students to understand the principals of peer tutoring.
Law Enforcement and Public Safety (LEAPS) High School in Queens
Writing Consultants hosted students, teachers, and administrators from LEAPS for collaborative workshops geared towards mentoring these high school seniors in their college application process. The workshops are also planned to expose the seniors to writing center work and mentoring so the LEAPS students can start their own program for AP and honors students to mentor underclassmen and other students in their school. The program started when a St. John’s Writing Consultant, and LEAPS alumnus, contacted his former high school teacher to see if we could lend our services. The teacher, also an assistant principal, jumped at the idea since she found many of her students don’t apply to college because they are daunted by the process.Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts in Queens
Our Writing Center initiated meetings with administrators and teachers at FSHS in order to plan a ‘writing program/major’ to mirror the school’s other arts programs. FSHS administrators observed St. John’s writing workshops and also hope to create their own self-sustained writing center in the future.The Mary Louis Academy in Queens
Writing Center directors hosted meetings with administrators and teachers from TMLA in order to start a dialogue on improving writing pedagogy and programs across the curriculum. We also plan to work with TMLA to tweak their already existing tutoring program into a more extensive mentoring program.Henry Street Settlement in Manhattan
Students from a Learning Community that involved Discover New York and Eng1000C participated in a partnership with high school seniors enrolled in the “Expanded Horizons” college preparation program at the Henry Street Settlement, a not-for-profit community organization located on Manhattan’s lower east side. Together with tutors from the Staten Island Writing Center, students from both organizations worked collaboratively on the college application essay and personal narrative, the transition to college, and various issues relating to technology. We established a social networking website where students could communicate with one another, arrange events and topics, and collaborate on their work and progress. This partnership emerged from the provost’s Learning Communities initiative, expanded to include elements of Academic Service-Learning, and drew on the resources and creative pedagogies of both Discover New York and First Year Writing.
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.
Steven AlvarezBrokering Tareas: Mexican Immigrant Families Translanguaging Homework LiteraciesThe Codex MojaodicusCommunity Literacies en Confianza: Learning from Bilingual After-School Programs
Gina Castle BellTalking Black and White: An Intercultural Exploration of Twenty-First-Century Racism, Prejudice, and Perception.
Brett Elizabeth BlakeA Road Less Traveled: Critical Literacy and Language Learning in the Classroom, 1964-1996
Alina Camacho-GingerichLa cosmovision poetica de José Lezama Lima en Paradiso y Oppiano Licario
Chiara CilleraiVoices of Cosmopolitanism in Early American Writing and Culture
Barbara CozzaThe Multi-age Learning Community in ActionUniversity Partnerships for Pre-Service and Teacher Development
John DiMarcoCommunications Writing and Design: The Integrated Manual for Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
Dawn P. FlanaganEssentials of WISC®-V Assessment
Marie I. George100 Books to Read Before the Four Last Things: The Essential Guide to Catholic Spiritual Classics
Terry H. GozdziewskiGoal Writing for the Speech-Language Pathologist and Special Educator: Bridging the Gap Between Assessment and Intervention
Smita GuhaHealthy Children: How Parents, Teachers and Community Can Help to Prevent Obesity in Children
Chaman L. JainFundamentals of Demand Planning & Forecasting
John LowneyJazz Internationalism: Literary Afro-Modernism and the Cultural Politics of Black Music
Gregory MaertzLiterature and the Cult of Personality: Essays on Goethe and His Influence
Mary Ann MaslakEducation and Female Entrepreneurship in Asia: Public Policies and Private Practices
Jay NathanIndia’s Development Dilemma: Productivity or Bureaucracy?
William NesterThe Struggle for Power in Colonial America, 1607-1776
Igor NikolaevNoncommutative Geometry: A Functional Approach
Raymond S. OchsMetabolic Structure and Regulation: A Neoclassical Approach
Evan T. OrtliebAddressing Diversity in Literacy Instruction
Annalisa SaccàStorie del Sud
Aaris SherinIntroduction to Graphic Design
Mark D. TerjesenHandbook of Australian School Psychology
Roberta VillalónMemory, Truth, and Justice in Contemporary Latin America
Howard AbadinskyProbation and Parole: Corrections in the Community
Sandra Schamroth AbramsConducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces
Elizabeth AlbertSilent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City’s Forgotten Waterfront
Richard BernatoFutures-Based Change Leadership: A Formula for Sustained Change Capacity
Elaine CareyProtests in the Streets: 1968 Across the Globe
Meghan ClarkPublic Theology and the Global Common Good
Patrick ColabellaHow to Get Rid of Socialism: And Solve the Fiscal Problems of the United States of America
Barbara CozzaUniversity Partnerships for Academic Programs and Professional Development
Christopher D. DennyA Generous Symphony: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Literary Revelations
Judith DeSenaRace, Class, and Gentrification in Brooklyn: A View from the Street
John J. FitzgeraldThe Seductiveness of Virtue: Abraham Joshua Heschel and John Paul II on Morality and Personal Fulfillment
Dawn P. FlanaganWJ IV Clinical Use and Interpretation: Scientist-Practitioner Perspectives
Anne Ellen GellerThe Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Teaching, and Writing in Higher Education
Aleksandr V. GevorkyanFinancial Deepening and Post-Crisis Development in Emerging Markets: Current Perils and Future Dawns
Genady Ya. GrabarnikFoundations of Symmetric Spaces of Measurable Functions
Neil D. JespersenAP Chemistry Review
Rev. Robert E. LauderPope Francis’ Profound Personalism & Poverty
Marian MaskulakEdith Stein: Selected Writings
John J. MetzlerTaiwan’s Transformation: 1895 to the Present
Stephen Paul MillerAny Lie You Tell Will Be the TruthThe New Deal as a Triumph of Social Work: Frances Perkins and the Confluence of Early Twentieth Century Social Work with Mid-Twentieth Century Politics and Government
Paul D. MolnarDivine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity: In Dialogue with Karl Barth and Contemporary Theology
William R. NesterTitan: The Art of British Power in the Age of Revolution and Napoleon
Jeffrey S. NevidAbnormal Psychology in a Changing WorldEssentials of Psychology: Concepts and Applications
Evan OrtliebWriting Instruction to Support Literacy Success
Lawrence PitilliDoo-Wop Acappella: A Story of Street Corners, Echoes, and Three-Part Harmonies
Douglas B. RasmussenThe Perfectionist Turn: From Metanorms to MetaethicsLas Normas De La Libertad: Una Base Perfeccionista Para Una Politica No Perfeccionista
Kevin RiouxProgressive Community Action: Critical Theory and Social Justice in Library and Information Science
Susan RosenbergTrisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art
Annalisa SaccàIl vento del Mucone (Mucone’s Wind)
María Yrene SantosSeptiembre casi termina
Susan Schmidt HorningCreativity: Technology and Music
John G. SiolasThe Greek American Experience III
Charles WankelIntegrating Curricular and Co-Curricular Endeavors to Enhance Student Outcomes
Gregory A. WilsonGrayshadeIcarus
Ann C. WintergerstCrossing Cultures in the Language Classroom
Lee Ann BrownOther Archer (Autre Archère)
Barbara CozzaUniversity Partnerships for Community and School System Development
Christophe DennyA Realist’s Church: Essays in Honor of Joseph A. Komonchak
Lucy HeckmanThe ALS Guide to Information Sources in Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Science
Suzanne M. HendersonThe Torch: Motherwit, Guideposts and Stories of Purposeful Womanhood
Dijana JelacaDislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema
Thomas M. KittsJohn Fogerty: An American Son
Brian C. LockeyEarly Modern Catholics, Royalists, and Cosmopolitans: English Transnationalism and the Christian Commonwealth
Steve MentzOceanic New YorkShipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization 1550-1719
Regina M. MistrettaUsing Teacher Inquiry for Knowing and Supporting Parents with Mathematics
Barbara Ruth PeltzmanReading Instruction in America
Tara Roeder and Roseanne GattoCritical Expressivism: Theory and Practice in the Composition Classroom
Annalisa SaccàPoesie di Edoardo Mitre
Michael SampsonListen to Our World
Mary Beth SchaeferResearch on Teaching and Learning with the Literacies of Young Adolescents
Design Elements: Color Fundamentals (Chinese Language Edition)
Kristin M. SzylvianThe Mutual Housing Experiment: New Communities for the Urban Middle Class
Charles WankelEmerging Web 3.0/Semantic Web Applications in Higher Education: Growing Personalization and Wider Interconnections in Learning