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WAC Coordinators
Cheryl Hogue Smith
Writing Fellows Coordinator
Department of English
Office: C-114
Phone: 718-368-5270

Jason VanOra
Writing Fellows Co-coordinator
Associate Professor
Dept. of Behavioral Sciences
Office: E108
Phone: 718-368-5196
Work with a Writing Fellow
In L219
Telephone: 718-368-5405
In the Honors Program M377
Phone: 718-368-5365

Work with a Writing Fellow

If you are enrolled in a writing intensive section or an Honors or Honors contract course, you are eligible to work with one of the Writing Fellows, advanced Ph.D. candidates from the CUNY Graduate Center.

A “laboratory” is a place where scientists engage in rigorous inquiry, and we hope you will take advantage of working with a Writing Fellow in that spirit, as a place to ask tough questions.

  • You might start with your understanding of the assignment: Is this what the teacher wants? Am I on the right track? Is there anything else I’m supposed to do?

  • If you have a draft, you might ask the Fellow to read it with you, out loud. Are there parts where a reader might become confused or get lost? Ask the Fellow to function as an ideal reader and to point out sections that might need more work.

  • A Writing Fellow is not there to “fix your paper,” but if you know you have grammar problems and are not sure how to correct them, do feel free to ask for that kind of feedback, too.

You can make an appointment in the Reading and Writing Center (L219 or at ext. 5405).


30 minute appointments are available Monday – Thursday, Fall and Spring semester only. Call to make an appointment!

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