University Writing Center

Welcome to the University Writing Center

We are delighted to return to in-person work this fall! Writing consultants are taking sessions as of September 13, 2021, and writers can choose from face-to-face, online, or asynchronous session types, as described below. Faculty, we are here to welcome your classes and introduce our services through in-person or virtual tours; drop us an email to schedule it. We wish the community of writers at St. John’s a safe return to campus and a rewarding fall semester.

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, and gender 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: https://stj.mywconline.com/ 

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

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

Hours of Operation

DayTime
Monday9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Tuesday9 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Wednesday9 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Thursday9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Contact Us

Director:
Kathleen Lubey
Professor, Department of English
718-990-6918 
[email protected]

Interim Assistant Director: 
Tina Iemma
Doctoral Candidate/Instructor, Department of English
718-990-2659
[email protected]

Administrative Assistant: 
Eyenit Santana
[email protected] 

Frank Coniglio

Frank Coniglio

Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Peter J. Tobin College of Business | Queens Campus

I am a Junior Accounting major here at St. John’s. Having worked as an Undergraduate Writing Coordinator for Writing Across Communities, I have been exposed to invaluable experiences and information from faculty and students across various departments at St. John’s. My time in WAC helped me to gain many new perspectives on literature and discourse. My time in WAC has helped me tremendously in becoming an Undergraduate Writing Consultant. Having been an UWC for over a year now, I have worked with students from all majors on various forms of work. With all the knowledge I have now from my time in WAC and my time being an UWC, I hope to help students find their voices through writing, discussion, and thought.    

 

Mia Flores

Mia Flores

Undergraduate Writing Consultant  | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Queens Campus

I am a junior English major at St. John's intending to pursue a Masters of Library and Information Science post-graduation. Outside of the Writing Center, I am involved in The Torch student-run newspaper as the Culture editor and work at a bookstore. Whether you are a freshman or graduate student, I am eager to work with you to bring out your unique voice in writing. I look forward to getting to know more of the St. John's community and helping make our services accessible to all!

 

Jackie Graber

Jackie Graber

Doctoral Fellow | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Queens Campus

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of English, focusing on composition and rhetoric. My areas of interest include Minority Dialect English Speakers, English Language Learners, first year writing programs, writing center pedagogy, logical structures of academic and professional English, and the rhetoric of social justice. I believe writing centers are collaborative spaces, where both the writers and the consultants bring forth unique perspectives and expertise. They allow for academic research to take on a multi-voiced approach and grant a unique sense of agency to budding writers. I am excited for the opportunity to work with the diverse student body at St. John’s.  

 

Amira Hassan

Amira F. Hassan

Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Queens Campus

I’m a senior majoring in Government & Politics and double minoring in Legal Studies and Fashion Studies. I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words which is why I used art to express myself. Whenever I’m not painting or drawing, I love to grab my pencil and write about anything that crosses my mind. My background in government and law has helped me develop my research and analytical skills in writing. Additionally, art has allowed me to use my creative outlet in my writing style. As a consultant, I have learned the importance of preserving the author’s unique style of expression to showcase their beautiful identities. Hope to see you soon! 

 

Efat Itu

Efat Itu

As a second-year Biology major, it's not often that I get the to sincerely and creatively write. Having found this opportunity in becoming an Undergraduate Writing Consultant at St. John's, I am so thankful to be surrounded by writers who share this affection for writing. Our Writing Center hosts and continuously advocates for an environment of collaboration and discussion and has exposed me to so many new perspectives in academia and literature. I look forward to helping you reach your goals as a writer. See you at the Writing Center!

 

Aleena Jacob

Aleena Jacob

Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences  | Queens Campus

I’m a senior English major on the track to completing a masters in English. Outside the writing center, I’m part of the Ozanam Scholars Program and an Ignite Fellow. I love to bring my creativity to any type of writing I do, and mostly write poetry and prose. Being a consultant allows me to work with students to express their voice in any piece they write, whether it be an essay or a poem, and help students succeed in realizing their unrealized potential. I hope I can inspire the same love of writing in all of my clients. Can’t wait to see you at the Writing Center!

 

Kelly Kreuscher

Kelly Kreuscher

Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences  | Queens Campus

Hi, I’m Kelly, a junior majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. I love being able to connect with others through their writing and the Writing Center is the perfect place on campus to do that! In my own writing, I’m interested in fashion and pop culture as well as LGBTQ+ rights and disability advocacy. I also love getting involved in the school of education and working with children. The 2021-2022 school year will be my first working at the University Writing Center and I’m excited for all the learning experiences we will have together!

 

Emily Kupiec

Emily Kupiec 

Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences  | Queens Campus

Hi everyone! My name is Emily Kupiec and I am a sophomore majoring in English. Writing has always resonated with me because of the freedom and flexibility it offers. I am passionate about expressing myself and using writing as an outlet to have fun with my thoughts. I value the opportunity to read others' work-- I always learn so much and am grateful to be a part of someone's writing journey. That feeling of fulfillment and exhilaration one experiences after reading a piece of writing is a feeling that I cherish and one that I hope to make others feel with my writing one day. I am eager to learn more about writing through being a consultant and am thrilled to have this opportunity! The writing center is a safe space to express oneself and admire the beauty of displaying such vulnerability. I am looking forward to meeting you all and being able to collaborate in our sessions!

 

soannie maldonado

Soannie Maldonado 

Graduate Assistant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Queens Campus

I’m currently a graduate student in English with a focus on literacy and its power dynamics. As a consultant, I feel like it's essential to keep the writer I’m collaborating with in mind. Due to the fact that everyone is different, someone may want to focus more on grammar or just have someone to bounce ideas from. I will do my best to keep that balance while incorporating one's voice in their work. Whether it be creatively or academically, I hope to collaborate with many in a way that encourages them to write within a safe environment. 

 

 

ellie myers

Ellie Myers

Undergraduate Writing Consultant s | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Queens Campus

Now a senior English and Spanish double major, I have been working at the Writing Center since my freshman year. On campus, I am a part of the Ozanam Scholars Program, and I have worked on both the Sequoya Literary Magazine and the St. John’s Yearbook. I am passionate about poetry, so my approach to writing is creatively focused. As a consultant, I am passionate about shaping creative voices and ensuring inclusivity, and I am working on a research project focused on making our space more inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community.

 

Jariah McFadden

Jariah McFadden

Graduate Assistant/ Writing Consultant | St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Queens Campus

Hey, I’m Jariah! I’m a graduate assistant this year and I’ve been working at the Writing Center since the beginning of my sophomore year. As I was growing up, I felt my loudest on paper. Creative writing helped me find my voice and my journal was (and is) a safe haven for me. I believe that language can build bridges, construct channels that lead to understanding, and it’s a medium that we can utilize to assemble our individual and collective megaphones. I look forward to collaborating with you and helping you reach your goals as a writer.  

 

imman shaw

Imman Shah

Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Queens Campus

Hello everyone! My name is Imman and I am a current senior majoring in Biology. When I’m not pouring over textbooks or in a lab researching, I love to read books and write poetry. I am the current President and founder of St. John’s Literature Club, and my favorite read is The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I look forward to talking with you and creating an awesome space to discuss your work!

 

Shukla

Roshni Shukla 

Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies | Queens Campus

Everyone’s experiences and writing styles are unique so my writing philosophy is that there is no one writing philosophy! I’m all about asking questions, engaging different parts of the brain, and drawing out creativity and self-expression. I am passionate about helping people communicate diverse experiences in writing and am a firm believer in active listening and critical thinking. Improving accessibility at the WC is an active initiative that I look forward to continuing to work on.  See you at our next session! 

 

Yahminah Smith

Yaminah Smith 

Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies | Queens Campus

Hey fellow scholars! I’m a senior writing consultant who loves writing everything from brief motivational quotes to detailed personal narratives. I am currently studying to obtain my B.S./M.A. in Journalism and Sociology. My deep-rooted passions for writing and understanding the complexities of the human experience continue to guide me down enlightening paths in and out of the St. John's community. From working as a R.I.S.E. student mentor to writing for multiple online journalistic outlets to collaborating with diverse writers in the University Writing Center. With each word and collaboration, I hope to inspire and guide people across various communities towards improvement. That said, I hope to collaborate with you soon in your pursuit to improve and advance as a writer and in your overall academic career.

 

jack stephenson

Jack Stephenson

Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts  | Queens Campus

Hey everyone! My name is Jack Stephenson, I’m a senior English student in the BA/MA program with minors in Anthropology and Social Justice Theory. I’m originally from Dallas, Texas and my family currently lives in Northwest Arkansas while I reside full-time in Queens. Writing has always been my outlet to the world, and my outlet to people. My deepest passion has always been sharing stories through literature, and helping others to find their own literary voices. While I love all mediums, I focus my own writing in travel and food literature, short story writing and poetry. Reach out and we can talk about Anthony Bourdain, Oasis, folk music, James Baldwin or any Heath Ledger movie ever released— I can’t wait to be meeting you!

 

nicole sutherland

Nicole Sutherland

Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Staten Island Campus

Hi everyone! I am a second-year student double majoring in English and Communications, and am a member of the Catholic Scholars Program and a writer for College Magazine. Writing has always been a means of self-expression for me - whether I am writing a short story, a poem, a song, or journaling. Unlike other areas of study, writing and creativity are not “black and white,” and are rooted in culture and experience. I have always enjoyed reading my peer’s work, as it engages me with different writing styles and introduces me to new concepts and ideas! Working at the UWC has broadened my horizons and introduced me to a variety of incredible and talented writers. I hope to amplify student voices through my work at the Writing Center! :)

 

Liz Thomae

Liz Thomae

Graduate Assistant  | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Queens Campus

Hey everyone! My name is Liz Thomae and I’m a first-year Master’s student here at St. John’s. I am thrilled to be back in a writing center (I worked at the Purdue Writing Lab while pursuing my undergraduate degree in English) because promoting student success is a deep passion of mine. I believe the writing center is a place for writers to become confident in their abilities and to find themselves along the way, and I love being able to help each individual on their journey.  Everyone has a unique story and a personal voice, and I can’t wait to hear yours. Looking forward to working with you!

 

Taylor Woods

Taylor Woods

Undergraduate Writing Consultant  | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Queens Campus

Hi everyone, my name is Taylor. I am a junior here at St. John's majoring in English and double minoring in Communication Arts and Linguistics. Along with being an undergraduate writing consultant, I am also a student ambassador and the Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus, St. John's. For me, writing is a way to express myself and my ideas. My goal is to help others do the same. I am a strong believer that there is not just one correct way to write, and that differences in writing whether they be based on culture, experience, or linguistics, are what makes writing so dynamic and amazing!

 

Dr. Kathleen Lubey

Kathleen Lubey 

Director | St. John's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Queens Campus

I am Interim Director of the University Writing Center and Professor in the Department of English, where I teach courses in eighteenth-century literature and culture, the histories of feminism and sexuality, and the literature of the transatlantic slave trade. My published work looks at the significant role sexuality plays in advancing social justice, and I'm currently finishing a book on the history of pornography as a dissident and feminist genre. I'm proud to be among the writers and collaborators who make our Writing Center a vibrant, supportive, and inclusive University community.

 

Tina Iemma

Tina Iemma 

Interim Assistant Director | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Queen’s Campus

The support of writing in culturally, linguistically and rhetorically diverse ways often encourages writers seeking the creation of a meaningful collaboration. In addition to my position at the University Writing Center, I am also a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of English. My dissertation, “Rhetoric of Collaboration: Using Ethics of Social Justice and Activism through Writing Communities”, examines emerging writing collectives that seek to challenge the normative hierarchy of higher education in both composition and curricula. I am currently conducting empirical research to explore the ways activist writers influence an ethics of collaboration and overall expansion of more public facing, engaged and inclusive research, pedagogy and scholarship. 

 

As a Catholic and Vincentian university that values our internal and surrounding communities, we must continue to activate these core values that define us as an institution. At this present time, it is of great importance to support our diverse student body. We believe every department has a pivotal role to play in the fight to end police brutality and systemic racism; the time to act is now.

The series of events that have occurred (globally, nationally, and within our St. John’s community), call for an amplified ethics of care, one that the University Writing Center pledges to embody. In the weeks to come (and moving forward), we ask that faculty members proceed in ways that exercise this care regarding the various identities and lived experiences of St. John’s University students. Extended deadlines, revised syllabi, and other reasonable course adjustments should be considered.

Before students are writers, they are friends, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons; they are people. We as consultants, pledge to prioritize the physical and emotional well-being of our student body, and re-establish our virtual and physical space as one in which our students can freely express themselves. We believe in the power of words, and we will use ours to support you. We stand with our Black student body. #BlackLivesMatter

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.   

 

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