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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. 

The WRC is on Instagram! Follow us @esfwrc for information on workshops, videos, writing conferences, tips and events!

Intro to ESF's Writing Resource Center

In this short introductory video students at SUNY ESF learn a little about ESF's writing center and how to make (and attend!) an online appointment with a tutor.


This semester includes evening and weekend hours. For an up-to-date listing of appointments, please view the schedule at esf.mywconline.com


The WRC primarily serves currently enrolled ESF undergraduates. Requests from other ESF populations (including grads and PhD students) will be accepted on a limited basis. Additional ESF populations should contact the WRC coordinator first before making an appointment at klpatzke@esf.edu.

You can check our hours of operation and make an appointment by accessing: 

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.

Students can access online tutoring sessions by logging into the schedule about 5 minutes before their session, opening their appointment block, and clicking "Start or Join Online Consultation" (text in red in the center of the window). Importantly, students do not need audio or visual capabilities on their computer (though those options are available); the session can take place through text in a shared chat bar if those options are not available.

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


  • Tyler Flynn Dorholt is the Director of Writing, Rhetoric & Communications Program.
  • 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.


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

Dr. Karin Patzke
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Writing Center Coordinator &
Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies

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

Graduate Assistant Tutor

Lauren Cornell

Lauren Cornell

Academic Year: First Year Master's Student

Major: Environmental Studies (With focuses on Environmental Communication and Environmental Policy)

Areas of Research and Experience: Journalism, Blogs, Creative Writing, Research Papers, Organization, Critical Thinking & Analysis

Current Research Focus: Analyzing doubt and its effect on people's willingness to act upon climate change, Theory of Planned Behavior, Risk Perception, Science Communication

Graduate Assistant Tutor

Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones

Academic Year: 2nd Year Masterís Student

Major: Environmental Studies

Areas of Research and Experience: Brainstorming and prewriting, organization, revising, presentations, environmental education, environmental communication.

Advanced Tutor

Gavin Duncan

Gavin Duncan

Academic Year: Senior

Major: Environmental Studies (Environment, Communication, and Society)

Minor: Environmental Writing & Rhetoric

Areas of Research and Experience: Creative & research writing, citations, grammar & punctuation, research process, environmental theories, general help with writing.

Tutor Intern

Asia Frantz

Asia Frantz

Academic Year: Freshman

Major: Environmental Studies

Areas of Research and Experience: Organization, planning papers, research writing, creative writing, rhetorical analysis, annotated bibliographies, and citations.

Tutor Intern

Emily Li

Emily Li

Academic Year: Junior

Major: Environmental Studies

Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric, Urban Forestry

Areas of Research and Experience: Research papers, persuasive writing, environmental law and policy, grammar, and citations.

Tutor Intern

Tabitha Wechter

Tabitha Wechter

Academic Year:Senior

Major: Conservation Biology

Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric, Environmental Policy and Communication

Areas of Research and Experience: Lab reports, research papers, creative writing, organization, reflection papers, blogs, group projects.

Tutor Intern

Anna Wnuk

Anna Wnuk

Academic Year: Sophomore

Major: Environmental Studies

Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric, Marine Science

Areas of Research and Experience: Research papers, creative writing, organization, journalism, rhetorical analysis, memos, reflection papers, blogs, group projects and writing.

Tutor Intern

Emeric Panyko

Emeric I. Panyko

Academic Year: Sophomore

Major: Environmental Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Areas of Research and Experience: Demystifying the research process; essay writing; research papers; identifying misinformation; analytical reading; science education and communication; grammar.

What Students Say...

"I had never gone to the writing center before and I am glad that my professor required the first memo to be brought there. It was quick and thorough, and the tutor was ready to answer any questions I had about what a memo was, including how to answer the prompt. One of my struggles in writing is knowing what the prompt is asking, and he helped me to realize what Dr. McGee was looking for in this paper."

Tannar Cliffe

"At the Writing Center, Ms. Uppalapati helped me with me Orientation Seminar memo. Her points of criticism and praise were concise and helpful. Most of them concerned word choice and sentence structure. Although I was required to go for my class, her helpfulness and conscientiousness makes me want to go back for any other concerns I have about my writing."

Emeric I. Panyko

"I don't know why I haven't made the effort to go to the writing center more often! It's an easy sign up that can greatly help your grade with each class. The help was not intimidating and it is perfect for any stage of the paper you are in."

Rosemary Adrat

"The writing center really helped me organize my essay. I realized my writing was not bad, it was just disorganized."


"I think the writing center is a fantastic resource. It has been my saving grace several times and I thank everyone in the program graciously."


"I have visited the WRC numerous times during the Fall 2019 semester. My favorite tutor is Saahitya Uppalapati. I met with her multiple times and each session we focused on something different: pushing through "the flinch" (Julien Smith), anxiety over beginning an essay, revising for clarity and sentence fluency, and correcting grammatical errors. I really value the tutors patience with me and their words of encouragement."

Teresa Kustas