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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

Geghard Arakelian

Geghard Arakelian
Degrees: Bachelor's in Journalism (California State University, Northridge) Master's in English, Emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition (CSUN).
Academic Interests: examining how Marxist Reflection Theory, and feminist composition theory can be examined in order to better understand how patriarchal discourses and economic modes inform our standards of "good" university-level writing.

L Banister

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
Courses taught: WRT 104, 105, 205, 307, and 670

Mark Barber

Mark Barber
Degrees: BA in English from Flagler College; MA in English from Syracuse University Academic interests: Film and popular culture; global politics and activism; contemplative practice and its intersection with writing; American literature; the avant-garde; critical race theory
Courses taught: WRT 105 and 205
Personal note: Mark enjoys reading, hiking, spicy food, and jazz.

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.

Andrea Constable

Andrea Constable
Degrees: MA in English (Syracuse University), CAS in Women's Studies, (Syracuse University), and BS in Public Relations and Journalism (Utica College of Syracuse University)
Courses taught: WRT 105, 109,120/220, and 205.


Matt DelConte
Degrees:  Ph.D., M.A. (The Ohio State University), and B.A. (Hamilton College) in English.
Academic interests:  American Literature, Narrative and Rhetorical Theory.
Courses taught: WRT 105 and 205


Tyler Dorholt
Degrees: B.A. in Honors English (Gustavus Adolphus College and Trinity College Dublin) and M.F.A. in Poetry (Columbia College Chicago).

Interests: Literature, Creative Writing, Writing as Process, Modernism, Genres of Rhetoric.


Bob Early
Bob Early holds a PhD in English from Saint Louis University.  His dissertation is titled "The Bartholomae-Elbow Debate and Conflicting Progressivisms in Composition Pedagogy."  He earned an MA (Research) from Saint Louis U with a thesis on William Blake.  He teaches writing at SUNY Oswego and has also taught both writing and literature courses at Onondaga Community College and Saint Louis University.  As both a scholar and a teacher, Bob is interested in progressive approaches to first-year writing pedagogy, as well as in the history of Composition Studies and, most recently, Writing Across the Curriculum.  He writes songs and enjoys singing and playing the guitar.  He looks forward to meeting you.  

B Erwin

Ben Erwin
Degrees: B.A. in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and M.A. in English rhetoric and composition from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Academic interests: composition theory and Writing Center pedagogy, language acquisition, multilingual writers, and Writing Center Administration.
Courses taught: WRT 105, 120/220, 205, 307, 331, 430


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.

Chris Feikes

Chris Feikes
Degrees: B.A. degrees in journalism and psychology (University of Arizona)
M.A. in English (Syracuse University)
M.S. in English Education (Syracuse University)
Courses taught: Wrt104, 105, 109, 114, 120/220, 205, 209, 255, 301, 340, 422, and 670. Extensive experience with HEOP, SummerStart, Summer College and ACES.
Current interests include Say Yes to Education and writing instruction in multilingual environments.

Kelsey Flint-Martin

Kelsey Flint-Martin
Degrees: BA in English from University of New Mexico.

Academic interests: 20th-century American literature, Toni Morrison, Marxist feminism.

Personal note: In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys reading Harry Potter, Dan Brown novels, and baking.

Kelsey Flint-Martin

Santee Frazier
Degrees: Santee Frazier is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Syracuse University.
Academic Interests: He is the recipient of various awards including: Syracuse University Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, and most recently The School for Advanced Research Indigenous Writer in Residence. His poems have appeared in American Poet, Narrative Magazine, Ontario Review, Ploughshares, and other literary journals. His first collection of poems Dark Thirty was released by the University of Arizona Press in 2009.


David Gustavsen
Degree: BA in Humanities from Walla Walla University
Academic interests: Poetry and Poetics, Science writing (especially in biology)
David is a second year MFA (poetry) student at Syracuse university.

Tamara Issak Tamara Issak
Tamara is a third year PhD student in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric. She studied English and Secondary Education in college and completed a master's degree in English literature at Rutgers University. In the past, she taught at Rutgers University, Concordia University-Chicago, Triton Community College, and DePaul University. At Syracuse, she teaches WRT 105 and WRT 205.
D Jager

Dawnelle Jager
Degrees:  BA, English, Youngstown State University; MA, English Education, Syracuse University.
Certifications: TEOSL
Writing Center Experience:  Coordinator of the SUNY ESF Writing Resource Center
Interests:  Environmental issues, food politics and brain games.

Emily Luther Emily Luther
Degrees: BA in English Education, SUNY Fredonia with minor in philosophy; MA in English, Syracuse University. Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Syracuse University.
Academic interests: Literature, literary or critical theory, academic writing, philosophy, gender and women's studies, GLBTQI studies, class and race issues, secondary and special education, hip-hop culture, cultural studies.
Courses taught: WRT 105, 205 (including special topics in personal wellness, gender, prostitution, and sexuality), and numerous high school English courses.
Personal note: Emily has interests in politics, history, art, music, hiking/backpacking/travel, food politics, and community service.
J Luther

Jason Luther
Degrees:  BA in English Education and BS in Communication from SUNY Fredonia; MA in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.; pursuing a PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University.
Academic interests: Sustainability, geography, education, creative nonfiction, journalism, new media, architecture, race, gender and class issues, art theory and history, zines, music, and counterculture.
Courses taught: WRT 104, 105, 114, 205, 307, 331 and 430.
Personal note:  In his spare time Jason collects LPs, hangs with his daughter, and laments Buffalo's cursed sports teams.

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, and critical theory.
Courses taught: WRT 105, 195 and 205.
Personal note: Ryan’s favorite all-time album is Beck's Odelay.

Devon Moore

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 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.

Steve Paisley
Steve has a BA in Geology from Oberlin College, and is currently a student in the MFA program at Syracuse in poetry.

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.


Kurt Stavenhagen
Kurt is an Instructor in the Environmental Studies Writing Program at The State of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY and 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

Caitlin Vance
Caitlin is a second-year student in the Creative Writing MFA program here at Syracuse, where she also teaches WRT 105. She received her BA in Philosophy at Colby College in Maine, where she worked at the Writers' Center. Before coming to SU, she lived in New York City and worked in education. Her academic interests include creative writing, literature, philosophy, art and art history, women's and gender studies, LGBTQI studies, race and class issues, film, and visual/cultural studies. She is originally from the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Vanessa Watts

Vanessa Watts

Degrees: BA in Literature and Psychology from Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV. MA in Psychology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. MA in English from Syracuse University. MSW degree in 2014 (at SU). 

Academic interests: postmodern theory; film studies; media/pop culture influence on public perception; psychology/social work.
Courses taught: WRT 105, WRT 195, WRT 205, WRT 209, WRT 307.
Personal note: In her spare time, Vanessa hikes another ADK high peak, binges on audio books, and drinks Italian reds.

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

David Goldman
David is a Junior working on his Bachelor’s in Writing at Syracuse University. His academic interests span from American and European history to mid-level writing courses.


Rania Kaouadji
Rania Kaouadji is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in Writing & Rhetoric with a minor in Sociology. With her skills in writing, communication, and planning, Rania aspires to become a publicist who is a strong liaison between the public and her clients. Rania serves on the Public Relations committee, and fulfills both the Secretary and Costume Designer roles for the Creations Dance Company on campus. In her free time, she enjoys blogging and writing creative non-fiction. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York.


Timothy Larach
Majors: Economics, Writing Minor: Math Academic Interests: International economic development and the effects of macroeconomic policies at the micro level. Personal: Timothy enjoys writing creative non-fiction stories, playing basketball, and eating all kinds of food.


Hanna Mallette
Hanna is a senior Writing and Rhetoric Major from Ogdensburg, NY. She is hoping to pursue magazine journalism after graduation. Interests: football, reading, Netflix, music, history, yoga.


Danielle Martin
Danielle is a senior Writing and Rhetoric major with an interest in creative nonfiction pieces, short stories, and essays. She has experience in thesis development, copy-editing, publishing, research writing, digital writing, blogging, and style development through Syracuse’s writing courses and various internships.


Veronica McCarthy
Major(s): Writing and Rhetoric & Communication and Rhetorical Studies (CRS)
Activities: Volunteer mentor for middle school students at an after-school art program, work as a desk assistant in the Law School, & involved with Greek life at SU.
Interests: Creative nonfiction, Social Justice, and American Literature


Haley Nisbet
Haley is currently attending Syracuse University as a 3rd year undergrad and is a Writing and Rhetoric Major
Academic interests: Creative Writing, Language and Composition, Literature, Writing and Rhetoric, The Public Forum, Class and race issues
Personal note: When not participating in academic responsibilities, Haley spends her time watching, talking, and breathing Syracuse basketball.


Nicole Shapiro
Nicole is an undergraduate at Syracuse University and is in her third year as a
Writing and Rhetoric Major.
Academic Interests: Writing, rhetorical analysis, film, pop culture, music, history and journalism.
Personal Note/Interests: Enjoys traveling, cooking, outdoor activities and creative writing. I look forward to helping you with your papers at any point of the writing process.


Jack Turner
Jack Turner is a senior in the Writing and Rhetoric program in the School of Arts and Sciences. He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and hopes to work in the music industry after graduation. On a personal note, Jack enjoys rooting for all of the Boston sports teams.

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