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What we do
The primary aim of the Writing Center is to help you become a stronger, more accomplished writer. No matter which form of support you choose, writing consultants will work with you at any stage of your writing process. Each semester hundreds of students choose to visit with consultants to

  • interpret an assignment sheet, talk through ideas for a project, discuss course readings, or plan for a paper,
  • (re)consider choices with regard to audience, focus, reasoning, or organization,
  • develop ideas with greater specificity,
  • acquire research strategies, integrate scholarly sources, and apply proper documentation,
  • improve edit and proofreading skills, expand vocabulary, and better understand technical conventions of academic writing.

Writing consultants will not:

  • write a paper for you,
  • edit your paper,
  • dispute or question grades.

Appointment policies

  • All appointments require a valid, current SUID card. Students who do not have their SUID may be denied their appointment.
  • Appointments are offered in 25 and 50-minute blocks, starting on the hour and half hour. All students are restricted to a total 120 minutes per week. No exceptions. To make the most of your experience, reserve appointments several days in advance as schedules fill quickly.
  • Out of courtesy to other students, please arrive timely for all appointments you make. Cancel online (up to 8 hours before your appointment) or by calling (443-5289) during business hours. Missing or canceling at the last minute could result in the loss of appointment privileges for the semester. Arriving more than 10 minutes late may also result in a forfeited and missed appointment.
  • Students are welcome to drop in to see if a consultant is available, especially between the hours of 10-2, Monday through Thursday. These sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.
  • Be prepared. If you've schedule a face-to-face appointment, bring your assignment, pens/pencils, readings, notes, and any prewriting notes or drafts. If this is an online chat appointment, be sure your computer has reliable broadband access and is set up in a quiet environment. Sign on to your AIM or iChat account a few minutes before your appointment and a consultant will contact you.
  • Summaries of prior face-to-face or online chat appointments are available to you. To view any of them, log in to the scheduling system, click any past appointment and click the "View Existing Forms" link.
  • Before reserving an online chat appointment, install a current version of AIM for Windows or iChat for Mac and understand the programis basic functions. If you need assistance in learning more about these programs, email us at writingcenter@listserv.syr.edu or call the Writing Center during normal business hours.
  • To reserve an online chat appointment, choose the "instant message" schedule when logging in to WCOnline. When prompted, tell us what chat program you'll be using, your username, and of any video and audio features you have, as consultants will be equipped with webcams and microphones during your appointment.


Spring 2014


Lindsey Banister
Degrees: B.A. in Writing and Rhetoric from Pepperdine University; M.A. Rhetoric and Writing Studies from San Diego State University; PhD in Composition & Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University in progress! Academic Interests: Visual, cultural, and feminist rhetorics; composition pedagogy research; rhetoric methods & methodologies ; bodies, sport, and Feminist rhetorics; performance pedagogy research; and visual and cultural rhetoric. Courses taught: WRT 104, 105, 205, 307, and 670

J Colasacco

John Colasacco

Degrees: BS in Advertising and MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. Academic interests: Creative Writing, especially Poetry, Fiction, and hybrid forms, Translation, Italian, Visual Art and Rhetoric, Commercial Art and Rhetoric, Film, Publishing, Social Justice, the Avant-Garde. Courses taught: WRT 104, 105, 114, 205, 195, 422; ETS 151, 107; TRM 500. Personal note: I look forward to helping you with your college writing assignment.

Jessica Corey

Jessica Corey
Degrees: B.S. in English and psychology from Baldwin Wallace University, M.A. in Composition and Rhetorical Studies from John Carroll University, Ph.D. in Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice from Kent State University. My academic interests include interdisciplinary approaches to women's studies, life writing, pedagogy/writing program administration, and rhetorics of silence. I have taught lower- and upper-division courses in expository, business, argumentative, and public writing; multimodal composing; and research methods and methodologies.

Martha Dillingham

Martha Dillingham
Degrees: B.A. in English from Potsdam State University; M.A. in English Literature from Potsdam State University and M.S. in Secondary Education from Potsdam State University. Academic Interests: visual and cultural rhetorics; consumption and sustainability; food politics; health and nutrition. Personal Intersts: movies, cooking, and yoga. Courses Taught: WRT 104, 105, 109 and 205.

B Erwin

Ben Erwin
Degrees: B.A. in journalism from Eastern Illinois University; M.A. in English rhetoric and composition from Southern Illinois University at Carbonidale. Academic interests: Writing Center theory, praxis, and administration; Writing Program administration; first year composition; WAC. Courses taught: WRT105, WRT120/220, WRT 205, WRT307, WRT331, WRT430. Ben is currently the administrator in the S.U. Writing Center.


Ellen Fallon:
Degrees: I received both my M.A. in English and M.S. in English Education from Syracuse University.
Courses taught: In addition to regularly teaching WRT 105 and WRT 205, I've also taught WRT 104 and WRT 307. My latest topic of inquiry has been visual culture.

Romeo Garcia

Romeo Garcia
Degrees: B.A. in English from Texas A&M University-College Station and M.A. in English-Rhetoric and Composition-from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Ph.D. student in the CCR program. Courses Taught: Writing 105 and 205 Academic interests: Borderland and Mexican American rhetoric, historiography, decolonial practices, and ethnography (methods and methodology).

Henry Jankiewicz

Henry Jankiewicz
Degrees: BA in English from LaSalle College/(University), Philadelphia, PA
MA in American Literature from Syracuse University. Two years of doctoral credits in Rhetoric and Composition at SU.
Courses taught: WRT 105, 109, 205, 209, 303, 307, 422, PSY 422.
Specialties: Writing about science, photography/art, drugs and culture. Rhetorical analysis and theory.
Other: Published science author, poet, songwriter; editor (professional academic articles); musician.

Theresa Keicher Theresa Keicher
Degrees: BA in English and Textual Studies, MA in English Literature from Syracuse University, currently a PhD candidate in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program at Syracuse.
Courses taught: WRT 105 and WRT 205.
Avi Luce Avi Luce
Avi Luce is a Ph.D student in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Program and a professional writing instructor. He has taught a range of courses in the Writing Program, including WRT 105, 205, and 109. His research interests include literacy studies, queer theory, rhetorics of social movements, public writing, critical pedagogy, and service learning.
William Marple

Wil Marple
Degrees: BA in English from Gettysburg College. Academic Interests: 19th Century American literature, with some emphasis on African American literature and race relations. Personal Note: Wil fancies himself to be a modern-day Oscar Wilde. He is so clever that sometimes he doesn't understand a single word of what he is saying.

Ryan McClur

Ryan McClure
Degrees: BA in English from the University of Vermont. MA in English from Syracuse University.
Academic interests: American and British novels, sociology, political science, and critical theory.
Courses taught: WRT 104, 105 and 205.
Personal note: In his spare time, Ryan dabbles in creative writing in a variety of genres.


Devon Moore
Degrees: BA in English and American Literature, with a concentration in Creative Writing from New York University; M.S. in Secondary English Education from CUNY Lehman College; MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Syracuse University.
Interests: Literature, Creative Writing, Academic Writing, Critical Theory, Popular Culture and Rhetoric.
Courses taught: WRT 105, 205, and in my former life, many high school English courses.
Personal note: I look forward to helping you with your writing assignments, at any stage of the process.


Karen Oakes:
Degrees: B.A. in English and American Studies, Elmira College. PhD candidate in American and New England Studies, Boston University.
Academic interests: service learning pedagogy, civic engagement, learning communities, American History, women's studies, historic architecture.
Courses taught: WRT 105/109, WRT 205/209, WRT 307
Personal note: In her spare time, Karen scrolls through her calendar and to-do lists trying to figure out what she forgot she was supposed to be doing.

J Starkweather

John Starkweather
Degrees: A.A. from Jefferson Community College; B.A. in English from SUNY at Geneseo; M.A. in English from Syracuse University.

Academic interests: Critical thinking, the writing process, history, mythology, English and European literature, art, and architecture. 

Courses taught: WRT 104, 105, and 205. 

Personal note: Hockey, French culture, music, art, and gastronomy are among John's many interests.

Jeremiah Thompson

Jeremiah Thompson
Degrees: BA in English from SUNY Geneseo. MA in American Studies from Purdue. Academic interests: Rhetoric of Humor; Social Justice Education; Race & Critical Whiteness Studies.
Courses taught: WRT 104, 105, 205, 307, and First Year Forum.

Molly Voorheis

Molly Voorheis
Degrees: B.S. in Film and English from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; M.A. in American Lit from SU.

Academic interests: writing and community activism; workplace writing. 

Courses taught: WRT 105, 109, 205, 301, 307, 308.

Personal note: Molly is currently editing a book about Wisconsin high school basketball star Mickey Crowe.

Immy Wallenfels

Immy Wallenfels
I am a Professional Writing Instructor who has taught writing since 2002 at Syracuse University. I currently teach WRT 105 & 205. I was a Writing consultant at the SU Writing Center and the SU athletic Center 2002-2009.

Melissa Whitworth

Melissa Whitworth
Degrees: Bachelor's in English Literature, Exeter University, UK Master's candidate: English Literature, Syracuse University Experience: 16 years as a journalist writing for national newspapers and magazines Academic Interests: Modernism and the Modernists, the Bloomsbury Group, war trauma and literature, the female war narrative.


Liana Willis 
Degrees: BA in English (Literary & Cultural Studies), University of Oklahoma Courses Taught: WRT105; WRT205 Academic Interests: I am currently an English Master's student here at SU with a special interest in critical theory, especially Marxist or materialist critical thought. Aside from this however, I have a layman's interest in nearly everything underneath the sun (and am willing to read any papers underneath the sun, as a result!). I enjoy helping students with their writing and pride myself in the close individual attention I give to any student, whatever level they are at. I will work with you to mature your writing style and enhance your ability to present complex ideas with precision, clarity, and verve!

Stacey Wright

Stacey Wright
Degrees: BA English & BS-English-Secondary Education at Buffalo State College; MEd-English-Secondary Education at University at Buffalo Academic interests: Literature, writing, and educational theory and practice
Courses taught: WRT 105, 120, 205, 220
Personal note: Stacey enjoys learning about history, science, religion, and actively studying spiritual metaphysics.

Peer Consultants

Tiarah Brown

Tiarah Brown
Tiarah Brown is a junior Writing and Rhetoric major in the School of Arts and Sciences. She plans on attending graduate school for education and become a teacher in NYC. 

Mikayla Mizruchi

Mikayla Mizruchi
Mikayla Mizruchi is a junior Sport Management major and Writing minor. She is pursuing a career in sport marketing and communications and enjoys professional writing.


Maya Pitts

Maya Pitts
Maya Pitts is a senior Communication and Rhetorical Studies major, minoring in Writing. She is a member of the Women’s Soccer team at Syracuse. Besides soccer, she enjoys free writing and writing short stories in her free time.


Matt Rhodin

Matt Rhodin
Matt Rhodin is a Writing and Rhetoric major in his senior year.  In his spare time he is an avid rock climber and skiier.

Eric Riter

Eric Riter
Eric Riter is a senior Writing and Rhetoric student with a minor in communications. He is from Rochester, NY and is aspiring to be a sports journalist. Eric has spent time writing for the Daily Orange, working for ESPN and interning at multiple news outlets. 

Brittany Russell

Brittany Russell
Brittany is a 21-year-old student enrolled in her senior year at Syracuse University. She is a Communication and Rhetorical Studies major with a minor in Writing.


Nick Wimmer

Nick Wimmer
Nick Wimmer is a senior Writing and Rhetoric major and aspiring poet.  He has worked with multiple different record labels, magazines, and social media sites.  As well as poetry, he specializes in digital writing and journalism.

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