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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.

Making writing into a good habit requires a structure and space were people can come together to practice their writing. The WRC is a community of practice, where students can come together and work on the shared craft of writing. The WRC community can help you reflect on your ideas, refine your argument, identify your audience, and move onto the next project with little hesitation and the full support of your writing community.

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.


  • 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.

Spring 2019 Hours

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

NOTE — The Writing Resource Center will be closed over Spring Break.

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

Spring 2019 Workshops

  • The Collaborative Writing Process 
    Tuesday February 19th, 11am-12pm. Location: The Writing Resource Center (Moon 13)
    In this workshop, WRC tutor Anna Rossi (Environmental Studies Graduate Student), will lead students on a variety of strategies to successfully complete group assignments. From individual introductions to proofreading, this workshop will provide students with a diverse set of skills to address the various steps of organizing, assigning tasks, troubleshooting problems, and finalizing assignments. Students are welcome to bring assignments, come in groups, and discuss strategies for successfully working in groups.
  • Writing Lab Reports
    Thursday, February 28th, 11am-12pm. Location: The Writing Resource Center (Moon 13) 
    In this workshop, WRC tutors Beth Elliot (Senior in Environmental Biology) Julia Rossi (Junior in Environmental Science) and Katherine Rossi (Junior in Environmental Science) 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.
  • Staying Motivated While Writing 
    Tuesday March 26th, 11am-12pm. Location: The Writing Resource Center (Moon 13)
    In this workshop, WRC tutors Danielle Nagle (PhD Student in Environmental Studies) and Andrew Goodwin (Junior in Environmental Studies) offer strategies for staying focused and boring into your writing assignments. Tutors will help students begin to develop their own writing practice and create their ideal writing space. Tutors will also provide a variety of tactics that will allow students to take ownership of assignments and see opportunities to create resonating meaning in seemingly mundane writing.
  • From Research to Writing
    Tuesday, April 9, 11am-12pm. Location: Moon 19
    In this workshop, Karin Patzke (Coordinator of the Writing Center) and Ruth Owens (Assistant Librarian) discuss how to start a research topic, find relevant sources, develop research questions and thesis statements, and incorporate citations into original arguments. We will conclude the workshop with a simple overview of how to polish your paper and make sure your final argument aligns with your sources. We encourage you to bring an assignment description with you for discussion. This workshop is geared towards undergraduate writing and research, and is sponsored by Moon Library and the Writing Resource Center. Additionally, a library research guide is available for students: libguides.esf.edu
  • Avoiding Plagiarizing: Citing, Summarizing, Paraphrasing and Quoting
    Tuesday, April 16th, 11am-12pm. Location: The Writing Resource Center (Moon 13)
    WRC tutors will review both the foundations and nuances of referencing other authors’ work. Students will review the differences between summarizing and paraphrasing and address common pitfalls and mistakes. Students are encouraged to bring their questions and papers for review and discussion.


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

In order to secure an appointment, please do the following:

  1. Visit us on http://esfwritingcenter.appointy.com/ and create an account
  2. Select a time and schedule an appointment.
  3. Check your email for a confirmation note from the Appointy System.

Our hours of operation are also posted outside the Writing Center. If a tutor is available, you may drop in for a session.


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

WRC Coordinator

Karin Patzke

Karin Patzke, PhD
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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

Major: Environmental Science

Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric

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

Graduate Assistant

Anna Rossi

Anna Rossi
Academic Year: 2020

Major: Environmental Studies

Areas of Research and Experience: International sustainable development, creative writing, essays, research papers, peer review

Graduate Assistant

Danielle Nagle

Danielle Nagle
PhD Student

Major: Environmental Studies

Areas of Research and Experience: Outdoor recreation, environmental perception, biogeography, scientific writing, research papers

Senior Tutor

Kim Rondinella

Kim Rondinella

Major:  Environmental Studies

Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric

Areas of Research and Experience: Research papers, creative writing, organization, journalism, rhetorical analysis, wildlife law and policy.

Senior Tutor

Bethany Elliott

Bethany Elliott

Major:  Environmental Biology

Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric

Areas of Research and Experience: American Chestnut Project, plant biology, organic chemistry, scientific articles, creative writing, essays, poetry

Senior Tutor

Julia Rossi

Julia Rossi

Major:  Environmental Science

Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric

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


Andrew Goodwin

Andrew Goodwin

Major: Environmental Studies

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


Kyra Jacobson-Evans

Kyra Jacobson-Evans

Major: Environmental Resources Engineering

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


Keagan Drago-Leaf

Keagan Drago-Leaf

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

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

tutoring session
  • 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.
  • Note tutors are not in a position to formally edit your papers or enter into questions or disputes about grades you've received on your papers; you should discuss issues about your grade directly with your professor.

Faculty Requests for WRC Services

We welcome students who are working on specific class projects. In order to accommodate faculty requests, please contact the Coordinator at least three weeks before the service is needed and the request will be accommodated depending on the schedule and availability of staff.


We have a number of grammar books that you may find useful. We also have style books, tip sheets on various writing topics, information on preparing job application materials, and sample reports. In addition, we have computer stations and tutors who have completed the types of writing assignments you are assigned in your courses.