What is a Writing Center?

The Writing Center is an academic and intellectual support space where Queens College students (undergraduate, graduate, and non-matriculated) work in collaboration with a writing consultant to improve their writing. In other words, the Center is here to help students put together stronger, more effective pieces of writing. We work on everything from the smallest pieces of writing (for example, free writes or outlines) to more complex pieces of writing (such as research papers or creative writing assignments).

Fall 2018 Hours

What are Writing Workshops? (And what is small group tutoring?)

Our writing workshops are a way for you to get direct help with your writing in an inclusive, open, collaborative classroom (or small group) setting. Our writing instructors will try to demystify writing for you. (And hopefully, make it more enjoyable for you in the process!).

Small Group Tutoring

Small group tutoring is a service that targets the challenges students face in first-year writing courses (i.e., ENGL 110, 130). These appointments work best when you and your classmates (up to five students) make an appointment for small group tutoring. You can ask questions you might feel uncomfortable asking in class. Or you might want further explanation and/or ideas about how to go about completing your writing assignments. Think of these sessions are workshops where we work on what you and your classmates want to work on. All small group tutoring appointments are conducted by faculty workshop leaders. Please note, writing workshops and small group tutoring appointments show up as yellow appointments on our scheduler.

How we can help

Our undergraduate or graduate peer writing consultants (or one of our faculty workshop leaders or the director or the assistant director!) will sit with you for 25-minutes or 50 minute sessions. In these sessions, we will look over your writing, try to listen to your concerns, and try to give you a clear, concise direction for tackling your concerns. We do not "magically" fix a paper (or correct every grammatical error you may or may not have). But we will work with you on identifying your errors and mistakes, and helping you correct them on your own. Think of us as an extra set of eyes, as readers, and as writers who are confident in their ability to put together stronger pieces of writing. We can help in the following ways:

1 on 1 appointments

The easiest way to see someone is to make a single half-hour (or two consecutive half-hour appointments) with a writing consultant! Your appointment will be guaranteed. Please understand that if you are more than five minutes late, your appointment might be given to a walk-in student.

Click here to make an appointment

Drop-in Appointments

If you can't commit to a single appointment (or if you have missed a few appointments with us) you have the option to walk-in. Just come to the Center and see if a writing consultant is available! If a student is five minutes late for her appointment--the appointment is yours!

Chat tutoring

You want to see a writing consultant but you cannot make it to the Center. Then make a single appointment and select "chat tutoring." A writing consultant will email you when she is ready to see you. (Real-time chat tutoring occurs via Google Documents and via the chat and track changes features on Google Documents.) You must use your QC G Suite for Education Account  in order to use real-time chat tutoring.

To set up your real-time chat tutoring appointment click here

Writing Workshops or Small Group tutoring

New for 2018! We will have small and large writing workshops throughout the semester. Writing workshops are a great way to address some of your issues in a group of peers. All of our workshops are conducted by professional writing instructors. Our Monday and Wednesdays free hour Writing Workshops accommodate up to 25 students. All other workshops (and small group tutoring sessions) accommodate a maximum of five students. See our schedule for more details.

Click here to RSVP for a Writing Workshop or for a Small Group Tutoring Session

How else can we serve you?

If you'd like to give us some feedback on how we may support you, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Contact us here

Our Writing Consultants

Undergraduate and graduate writing consultants undergo vigorous writing/tutoring training before starting. Writing consultants also undergo monthly training sessions and participate in Center-related developmental projects.

Maggie C.

My name is Maggie. I'm an English major  specializing in Creative Writing who can definitely read your 'terrible handwriting' because of my own!

Daniella D.

Daniella graduated Queens College with a BA in Media Studies. She is now back at QC pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing. Her main goal as a writing consultant is to encourage students to think outside the box and to give students the confidence to develop their own ideas.

Philip E.

Philip is an experienced tutor and a current English MA student at Queens College.

Christopher G.

Chris Guzman is a fiction writer, lion tamer, and adjunct writing professor at Queens College.

Melissa H.

While obtaining her MFA in poetry, Melissa taught first-year college composition for three years at Colorado State University. Currently she is a candidate in the Master of Library Science program at Queens College. Her tutoring philosophy is ‘pop meets punk,’ and she hopes to help you discover and develop your unique voice as a writer.

Francesca H.

Francesca is working on her MFA in Creative Writing. She speaks German and is studying Portuguese and Spanish, and knows what it’s like trying to express yourself in a language that is not your mother tongue! She loves a good story and believes writing to be a powerful tool for finding your voice.

Sharon J.

Sharon completed her BA in Political Science and her MA in Sociology here at Queens College. She loves writing poetry and tales of adventure. She specializes in opening and close with a "bang."

Christiana K.

Christiana is a junior at Queens College and hopes to be an Special Education teacher one day.

Karina L.

Karina is a natural educator with years of experience tutoring writing and reading. She is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics and Communication Disorders.

Kaitlin M.

Kaitlin is a senior at QC and is a triple major in English, History, and American Studies. After two years of working with the QC Language Lab, she brings her experience of working wit writers from multilingual backgrounds to the Writing Center.

Rafena M.

Rafena is a senior Computer Science and Math major student. She enjoys writing and sees it as being a pivotal part of being an avid reader. As a writing consultant, she encourages students to be conscientious and independent writers.

Jennifer P.

I am an English Education major whose hobbies are to read and to watch movies. My philosophy is that anyone can improve his or her writing. I look forward to working with you!

Angelica R.

I am an undergraduate student studying Communication Science Disorders and hope to become a certified Speech Pathologist.  With my minor in Linguistics, I hope to eventually teach English abroad! Our power to speak out about our beliefs and the ability to effectively write out our ideas is the key to being part of a respected humanity.

Zachary S.

Zachary Schechter is an English major who enjoys the more creative side of writing.

Chana T.

Chana is a Math major and a Studio Art minor student at Queens College. She's been working at the Writing Center for two years and has witnessed firsthand that hard-work and commitment equals a much improved writer!

Marco N.

I teach writing. I write fiction. I also direct the Writing Center.

Rich P.

Rich has been the Assistant Director of the Center since 2008. He assists Marco in maintaining, supervising, and assessing the Writing Center consultants as well as occasionally tutoring students when the need arises.

Tali W.
Tali is an undergraduate student at Queens College double majoring in Economics and Political Science. She is a strong believer that everyone has their own voice in their writing and is passionate about helping you find yours.

Our Faculty Workshop Leaders

Writing Workshops are developed and conducted by Queens College writing faculty. Faculty workshop leaders believe in the transformative power of writing and employ pedagogies focused on challenging students to develop into better, stronger, more confident writers. Faculty workshop leaders also hold small, group tutoring sessions where students can work collaboratively alongside a writing instructor.

Katy Sperry

Katy Sperry holds an MFA from Northern Arizona University, where she studied hybrid and flash writing. She previously worked as the nonfiction and hybrids editor of Thin Air Magazine. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Essay Daily, Ghost City Review, PIVOT Literature, and The Gambler. Sometimes she writes about citrus. 

Aïsha Sidibe

A native of the Bronx and of Ivorian, Haitian and Cuban descent, Aisha Sidibe's writing explores the spaces where language, culture, and feminity meet. Her work has been published in The Warblr, Walking The Tightrope - An Anthology, The Cut among others. She is currently an adjunct lecturer of English at the City University of New York and at Queens College and is the founder of She Is Mother: Bronx Moms an organization serving mothers in the Bronx.

Kimberley Garcia

Dr. Kimberley A. Garcia is a Queens native invested in her community's education. She's been part of the Queens College English Department faculty since 2009, instructing literature and writing courses. Her areas of interest range across literary periods and genres but are also interdisciplinary. Film and media studies impact her work as does philosophy, mathematics, theories of memory, and the history of technology.

Kristi Fleetwood

Kristi Fleetwood currently lives in New York City where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Growing up in a small Mississippi town, Kristi loved reading from an early age, and her early love of children’s and young adult literature has transformed into a passion for girls’ culture.  Currently, she is working on her dissertation on female friendship in twentieth century American serialized literature.

Basuli Deb

Basuli Deb (Ph.D) is a Global Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers-New Brunswick and a CUNY faculty in English and Women's and Gender Studies departments. She teaches and mentors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and brings a range of research expertise, experience, and industry knowledge to her professional practice and writing workshops for students. This includes doctoral committee advising, mentoring of doctoral candidates for job placement, training research assistants and teaching interns, as well as supervising undergraduate research grant projects. An award-winning researcher and teacher, Deb has worked as a bilingual educator for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, been a planning team member for teachers in cross-cultural education, has served as an effective advisor to education management professionals and scholars, and has developed a range of skills for working with diverse student bodies. An author and an editor, Deb is currently at work on two book projects, and has published a monograph Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Terror in Literature and Culture, more than a dozen sole authored peer reviewed articles, and co-edited a special issue and two anthologies.

Amanda Torres

Amanda Torres recently completed her MA in English at Queens College, where she is now teaching first-year writing. Her work focuses on intersectionality, women of color feminism, and blurring the boundaries between literary culture and pop culture. Her writing pedagogy is rooted in an ethos of empowerment and equality as she aims to provide students with the space they need to develop their own voices.

Information for Faculty

The Queens College Writing Center can play a pivotal role in helping your students generate more critical and more complete pieces of writing. If you would like the know more about the services we provide, please see the following links below.

How can I help my students write better?

This is a hard question to answer. Writing is a social act. Writing is a process. Writing is a textual representation of myriad languages that students possess. Writing is the result of sociocultural factors and educational histories that, for many us, we cannot understand. So, to return to your question, how do you help your students write better. Well, there are many ways to answer this question... First of all, understand that writing is a communicative act. Ask yourselves, "what is my student communicating?" (Do not get hung up on every single grammatical error. Grammar is important and it has its place. But grammar can also function as a means of discouraging experimentation (or fun!) with language.) Secondly, we employ undergraduate and graduate writing consultants. They are not professional grammar instructors. Sending your student here to "fix" her or his grammar will not do your student any service, nor will it play to our staff's strengths. Sending your student here to read aloud their work and to brainstorm possible alternatives, that's something we can help with!

For more information on how to receive better, stronger, more effective pieces of writing, click here.

Student referral form

Sometimes, students and writing consultants have difficulties knowing what exactly to work on. If you would like to refer your student to the Writing Center, feel free to use our referral form. Try to articulate to your student that you are not referring them to the Writing Center because something is wrong with them. Instead, mention that in the Writing Center they will receive one-on-one support with their writing. And, that they will be able to ask our writing consultants questions that they might not want to ask in class. Students--and writing centers!--benefit most when we all come to see this space as a welcoming and supportive space, not a remedial place. We encourage you to print out your referral form and to go over it with your student.

Click here to access our referral form

Guidelines and rubrics

Remember, the very first step in receiving better writing assignments from our students is to make sure that you give students guidelines. Try to be as detailed as possible about what you expect in your writing assignments. Do you want two or three sources? Do you want your thesis statement to be the last sentence in the first paragraph? Do you want your student to take chances? Do you have a page limit? As Mike Rose reminds us, "students will rise to the mark you set." If you are inexperienced putting together guidelines, feel free to reach out to us about creating guidelines. In the same light, rubrics--or, how you will determine students' grades--is another valuable part of generating stronger pieces of writing. Students need to know what constitutes an A in your class and what constitutes a C in your class. Spell this criteria out for your students.

Writing Workshops!

New for the 2018-2019 academic year, we will be running weekly writing workshops covering a wide range of writing-related topics. Please encourage your students to attend1 Also, we have writing faculty that are scheduled to work "small group tutoring" sessions. These sessions are great ways to get two or three (or four or five!) of your students to work with a writing faculty on fine-tuning their writing. (Recommend that they sign up together for a "yellow" appointment on our schedule.)

The Queens College Writing Center is located in Kiely Hall, Room 229.

During the Fall 2018 semester, we will be operating a satellite Writing Center in the Rosenthal Library, 3rd floor, Mediascape Rooms #1, #2. We will also be conducting Writing Workshops on Mondays and Wednesdays during FREE HOUR in Kiely Hall 244 and 246.For our more recent schedule, please see our schedule and our calendar.

How to contact us?

Call us at : 718-997-5676 / or Email at: qc.writing.center@qc.cuny.edu

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