wc logo
Undergraduate Students :: Graduate Students :: Instructors
  • Welcome!
  • About Us
  • Consultants
  • Resources

face to face


Make an appointment to discuss your project in-person at the Writing Center for a 25- or 50-minute session. [more info]


Email us your questions or a brief paper (5 pages, max). [more info]

Instant Messaging

Make an appointment to chat online in real time using AOL Instant Messenger (Windows) or iChat (Mac). [more info]



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

Geghard Arakelian

Jonathan Aprea
Degrees: BA in English from Bates College; BA in Psychology from Bates College. Second year MFA student in Creative Writing (poetry) Academic Interests: literature, science, consumer culture, visual art, French. I’m teaching WRT 105 this fall.

Geghard Arakelian

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

Jordan Canzonetta

Jordan Canzonetta
Jordan Canzonetta is a PhD student in the CCR Program.  During my tenure as a writing tutor, I have had the privilege of working with a diverse array of students. I've had training to work with special needs students, ESL students, grad-level students, and introductory level students. I have also taught various freshman comp. courses and will be teaching 105 this fall. I am comfortable working with any student who needs extra guidance in composition courses, and I hope to tailor my pedagogy to each student's personal needs.

J Colasacco

John Colasacco

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

Jacob Collins-Wilson

Jacob Collins-Wilson
I have a BA in English and an MA in Teaching. I taught high school. I'm trying to avoid using the third person. I'm doing the MFA in Poetry here at Syracuse. I go to Picasso's a lot.

Herve Comeau

Herve Comeau
Herve Comeau is a Haitian-American fiction writer and poet. He received his B.A. from Florida State University in 2008, his Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School in 2013, and he is currently earning his MFA from Syracuse University. Both his fiction and his poetry seek to confront issues of hybrid identity and the nature of exile.

Andrea Constable

Jacqueline DeRobertis
Degrees: BA in English from Louisiana State University; BA in Philosophy from Louisiana State University.
Academic interests: Modern American literature, gender studies, Marxist theory.
Courses taught: WRT 105, WRT 205.
First Year M.A. student in the Literature program.

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).

Crystal Hendricks Crystal Hendricks
C.C. Hendricks received her MA in English Education from Appalachian State University with a graduate certificate in Rhetoric and Composition. She also received a MA in Liberal Studies from UNC at Wilmington. She has served as a non-tenure track faculty member at Appalachian State for the past two years, teaching Basic Writing, Expository Writing and Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum in the English Department, and also served as a Faculty Consultant in the University Writing Center and the Writing Across the Curriculum program. Her research interests include Basic Writing pedagogy, critical literacy, countercultural rhetoric, e-portfolio pedagogy, Writing Program Administration, media studies, feminist pedagogy and recovery, and the rhetoric of Writing Across the Curriculum.
Brett Keegan

Brett Keegan
Degrees: B.A. in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University, M.A. in English from St. Bonaventure University, working on a PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University. Academic Interests: Digital humanities, conflict resolution and rhetoric of public change, environmental rhetoric. Other: New to the Syracuse writing center, Brett has tutored in and helped administer the writing center at his last university and is excited to continue this work here!

kennedy Krista Kennedy
Degrees: B.A.s in English and Professional & Technical Writing, MA in Professional & Technical Writing (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Scientific, & Technical Communication (University of Minnesota) Courses taught: WRT 302, 307, 419/619, 426, 427/627, 437/637, along with doctoral seminars in rhetorics of technology, digital writing, and authorship studies Extensive experience with technical, professional, and scientific documents as well as digital writing. I also work with graduate students on thesis or dissertation projects.
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.

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.

Anna Mebel

Anna Mebel
Degrees: Currently an MFA student in poetry at Syracuse University Courses Taught: WRT105


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.

David Peterka

David Peterka
Degree: BA in English from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Academic interests: 19th Century American and British Literature, Blake, Cinema, Critical Theory, Frankfurt School, Marxism, Modernity, Urbanism

Yanira Rodriguez

Yanira Rodriguez
Yanira Rodriguez is a PhD student in the CCR Program. I am excited to work at the center this semester. I will be teaching writing 105 alongside tutoring and hope this will allow me to anticipate many of your concerns. I also currently teach ESL classes to a migrant community in Syracuse and have worked with grad and introductory level students.


Karrieann Soto
Degrees: BA in Secondary English Education with Multimedia Technology, University of Puerto Rico (Aguadilla Campus); MA in English Education, University of Puerto Rico (Mayagüez Campus); currently pursuing a PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric here in Syracuse.
Academic interests: rhetorics about Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican indie rock scene(s), neocolonial rhetorics, transnational feminist perspectives, multimedia communications and their various uses, Caribbean pop cultures, Caribbean rhetorics, creative nonfiction, among others.
Courses taught: WRT 105, WRT 205, WRT 104

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.

J Starkweather

Kurt Stavenhagen
Kurt teaches Digital Writing and Publishing and Creative Nonfiction and serves as Director of SUNY-ESF's Writing Program in addition to working as a Professional Writing Instructor at Syracuse University. He is ABD, having completed his doctoral course work in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University.

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.

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.

receptionist receptionist receptionist receptionist receptionist receptionist receptionist        


make appointment twitter facebook

Monday–Thursday 9–9
Friday 9–5

On the Quad
101 H.B.Crouse Hall [map]
phone: (315) 443-5289
email: writingcenter@listserv.syr.edu
aim: SyracuseWC

check out our video


The Syracuse University Writing Center
Last modified: August 20, 2015
Copyright © 2015 Syracuse University. All rights reserved.