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The Writing Resource Center 13 Moon Library(basement, between library offices and computer lab)

ESF's Writing Resource Center (WRC) is a free service designed to support the development of undergraduate students' personal, academic, and professional writing skills.

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) is a community of practice where students can come together to develop their writing skills and work on the shared craft of writing. Writing is a craft that can be refined through practice, and the WRC provides a structure and space were people can come together to practice their writing as a social endeavor. The WRC can be your writing community where you can reflect on ideas, identify your audience, refine your argument, and revise your writing until you are satisfied. The tutors in the writing center look forward to supporting your work at ESF!

WRC tutors work with students in individualized 25- or 50-minute interactive sessions focused on brainstorming, organization, drafting, and/or revising among other writing related tasks. Our mission is to help writers succeed in a strong ESF writing community. 

Spring 2019 Hours

  • Monday: 10-6
  • Tuesday: 10-6
  • Wednesday: 11-5
  • Thursday: 11-5
  • Friday: 11-3

NOTE —The WRC opens the second week of each semester and is closed over Summer Break, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.

Appointments

You can check our hours of operation and make an appointment by accessing: 
https://esf.mywconline.com/

In order to secure an appointment, please go to https://esf.mywconline.com/ and create an account. Select a time and schedule an appointment. Check your email for a confirmation note from the scheduling system.

Our hours of operation are also posted outside the Writing Center. If a tutor is available, you may drop in for a session. Descriptions of tutor's writing experience can be found at the bottom of this page.

Workshops at the WRC

The WRC offers a variety of workshops covering different aspects of writing. These workshops are also part of the GOLD Leadership Certificate Program

Fall 2019 Workshops

  • Avoiding Plagiarizing Workshop: Citing, Summarizing, Paraphrasing and Quoting
    Thursday, Sept 19, 11am-12pm. Location: Moon 19
    WRC tutors will review both the foundations and nuances of referencing scholarly work. Reviewing the differences between summarizing and paraphrasing, we will address common pitfalls and mistakes. Students are encouraged to bring their questions and papers for review and discussion.
  • Writing Lab Reports Workshop
    Tuesday, Oct 1, 11am-12pm. Location: Moon 19
    In this workshop, WRC tutors have designed a program to assist students with writing lab reports. The requirements and general expectations for each section of a lab report will be discussed in detail, including instruction for professional formatting and proper citation practices. Students are encouraged to bring their own lab reports and assignments for discussion.
  • The Collaborative Process Workshop: Writing and Research for Group Projects 
    Tuesday, Oct 15, 11am-12pm. Location: Moon 19
    In this workshop students will learn on a variety of strategies to successfully complete group assignments. From introductions to task assignment to proofreading, this workshop will present a diverse set of skills to address the various steps of organizing, , troubleshooting, and finalizing assignments. Students are welcome to bring assignments, come in groups, and discuss strategies for successfully working collaboratively.
  • Citation Formatting Workshop
    Tuesday, December 3, 11am-12pm. Location: Moon 19
    WRC tutors will review both in-text citation formats and reference list formatting for research papers, essays, and reports. We will address the basics of citation, as well as the unique challenges (No author? No date? No problem!). Students are encouraged to bring their questions and papers for review and discussion.

Spring 2020 Workshops

  • Avoiding Plagiarizing Workshop: Citing, Summarizing, Paraphrasing and Quoting
    Tuesday Feb 4, 11am-12pm. Location: Moon 19
    WRC tutors will review both the foundations and nuances of referencing scholarly work. Reviewing differences between summarizing and paraphrasing, we will address common pitfalls and mistakes. Students are encouraged to bring their questions and papers for review and discussion.
  • The Collaborative Process Workshop: Writing and Research for Group Projects 
    Tuesday, Feb 18, 11am-12pm. Location: Moon 19
    In this workshop students will learn on a variety of strategies to successfully complete group assignments. From introductions to task assignment to proofreading, this workshop will present a diverse set of skills to address the various steps of organizing, , troubleshooting, and finalizing assignments. Students are welcome to bring assignments, come in groups, and discuss strategies for successfully working collaboratively.
  • Citation Formatting Workshop
    Tuesday, April 21, 11am-12pm. Location: Moon 19
    WRC tutors will review both in-text citation formats and reference list formatting for research papers, essays, and reports. We will address the basics of citation, as well as the unique challenges (No author? No date? No problem!). Students are encouraged to bring their questions and papers for review and discussion.

students and tutors at tables

What You Can Expect in a Tutoring Session

Writing tutors are experienced and accomplished writers who can help you develop writing skills. Here are a few examples of writing session goals and what tutors can do to encourage the development of your writing skills.

  • Learn how to examine a variety of purposes, audiences, formats and structures of writing tasks.
  • Help you understand class assignment expectations. 
  • Encourage you to brainstorm and think through different approaches to writing.
  • Identify and correct problems in all stages of your writing process.
  • Assist with organization and format. 

Teach grammar and proofreading strategies as related to specific texts and assignments. 

Please note that tutors are not in a position to formally edit your papers and you should always take time to discuss your assignments with professors and TAs.

 

writing resource center map

Information

  • Christina Limpert, PhD is Director of Writing, Rhetoric & Communications Program and oversees the WRC.
  • Karin Patzke is the Writing Resource Center Coordinator and primary contact.

Apply to be a Tutor

Are you interested in becoming a tutor? To apply, please download the document below and submit to the Coordinator. Tutors work 4-6 hours per week in the writing, attend a 1-hour class per week (EWP401), and participate in multiple professional training opportunities across campus. For more information about to the tutor internship program, stop by the WRC and speak with the Coordinator.

Apply here

Faculty Requests for WRC Services 

We welcome students working on specific class assignments and group projects. In order to accommodate faculty requests, please contact the Coordinator to share assignments, suggest training for tutors, and schedule classroom visits.


Staff

We have trained graduate and undergraduate tutors who provide support to students in all stages of the writing process. We support a variety of writing practices, including lab reports, essays, memos, reflections, reports, job applications, cover letters, and resumes.

WRC Coordinator

Karin Patzke

Karin Patzke, PhD
Web Page
Writing Center Coordinator &
Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies

Areas of Expertise: Teaching writing and critical analysis, anthropology, and history. 

Senior Tutor

Katherine Rossi

Katherine Rossi
klrossi@syr.edu
Junior

Major: Environmental Science

Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric

Areas of Research and Experience: Creative writing, Essays, Research Papers, Personal Narratives 

Senior Tutor

Julia Rossi

Julia Rossi
jrossi@esf.edu
Junior

Major:  Environmental Science

Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric

Areas of Research and Experience: Editing, Grammar, Creative Writing, Brainstorming, Essays


Tutor

Andrew Goodwin

Andrew Goodwin
algoodwi@syr.edu
Junior

Major: Environmental Studies

Areas of Research and Experience: Research Papers, Creative Writing, animal rights, environmental justice, communications

Tutor

Kyra Jacobson-Evans

Kyra Jacobson-Evans
kajacobs@syr.edu
Sophomore

Major: Environmental Resources Engineering

Areas of Research and Experience:Research papers, organization, engineering project reports, creative writing, poetry

Tutor

Keagan Drago-Leaf

Keagan Drago-Leaf
Ktdragol@syr.edu
Freshman

Major:  Landscape Architecture

Areas of Research and Experience: Creative writing, Essays, Research Papers, Lab reports.

What Students Say...

"Lauren really helped me go over points that I never noticed before in my writing. She helped me see how my writing style changes based on how much I enjoy the topic I am writing about. I got to see how random my ideas seem to others because I connect them in my head, so I could fix my writing before handing in my assignment. 100% will come back for my upcoming important papers."

Amanda Varhol-Excellent


"Not only is Cathy a great tutor, but she is also a friendly face that makes me feel comfortable about coming to the rewriting center. I believe that Cathy did an outstanding job helping me out with my essays this semester. By working with Cathy my GPA has gone up from a 3.5 to a 3.7. I am really thankful for this great service ESF provides and hope it continues to be available for the students."

Omar Alsafadi


"I had a great experience working with Melanie in the writing center. It is a great resource that you should take advantage of regardless of where you are in the writing process. Usually, I bring in my final copy of a paper to improve upon it but, having another persons perspective while organizing my ideas was helpful on my last assignment. Making the appointment was also very quick and easy."

Matthew James Purdy


"The Writing Center/Public Speaking Lab was a great experience during my first two years here. Tutors here are very helpful, determined, ambitious, motivated, punctual and friendly. Every time I step into this place, I feel a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. When I finish my tutoring sessions, I feel confident in my writing skills and public speaking skills. I honestly would recommend that students visit the WRC/PSL as soon as they need help with any writing or public speaking assignment. I bet you will feel a burst of confidence in your writing/public speaking skills and you will want to share those feelings with your peers."

Elizabeth Mardy aka "Z"


"The writing center is such a great tool for students to use when they need help with their writing assignments. Whether you need assistance with organization, grammar, citations, or even comprehending an assignment, the writing center is sure to give you great feedback and help improve your grades. I go to the writing center for all of my essays and have never been let down by the feedback I've received. The writing center gets 5 out of 5 stars in my book and will continue to help me with my writing assignments throughout college!"

Kim Rondinella