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Come to the Writing Center’s next workshop “Perfect Paragraphs” on October 10th from 5-6 in Feth 307 #writing #writingcenter #concordia ...

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Open House today! Learn more about the resources available to you here at Concordia. Cookies and prizes in the George House! ...

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Sept 17th, 3:30-4:30 in Feth 307! The Writing Center’s first workshop of the semester is “Reading the Writing Prompt.” Learn how to better understand your writing assignments for any class. #cord #writing #writingcenters ...

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About us

We offer writing instruction to students in all disciplines. Peer tutors and the Director of the Center meet with students individually to work on class projects, to address specific writing needs and ultimately, to empower students. This is a place for all students: even the best writers can benefit from having someone review their work. The tutors are available to help students with any writing issues throughout the revision process including organization, grammar, structure and clarity, critical reading, citing sources, debate and presentation skills, creativity and confidence. We expect our students to be part of that process. We are not an editing service; instead, this is a conversation between student and tutor. We stress the importance of revision. Writing well takes time and requires practice, patience and hard work. We’re realistic: We realize that student progress is sometimes slow but we hope that little by little, we will begin to see improvement. The hope is that the students will gain a better sense of their writing needs, confidence in their ability to communicate with others and a positive writing community.

 

Classroom Visits

Invite us to visit your classes to either discuss the Writing Center’s services or present a workshop specifically for your class.

 

Workshops

Every semester we offer workshops to the campus community. Out workshop materials will be archived under the “Workshops” tab.

 

Writing Center Tour

Walk in or make an appointment to tour the Writing Center space.

 

Instruction Consultation

The Writing Center director and writing specialists often consult with instructors about writing-related concerns related to writing assignments, in class workshops, and feedback to students’ writing.

In order to have the most academically productive experience possible, we ask the following of students who have appointments:

  • Be on time. Anyone more than 10 minutes late for a 45-minute appointment will forfeit his/her slot.
  • Bring the assignment question and any peer or instructor feedback you have.
  • Understand that tutoring is an exchange in which the tutor works with you, and that the pen will be in your hand for the entire session.

In turn, we as tutors pledge to:

  • Be on time as well.
  • Communicate with our appointment if a situation arises that interferes with that.
  • Give you our undivided attention while we discuss your writing.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To make an appointment, register an account using your Concordia email address at https://concordia.mywconline.net

Yes, when you open up the schedule, you will be able to see what specialists and peer tutors are available.

Either by calling us at ext. 2421 or by email: writing.center@concordia-ny.edu

The Writing Specialists include professional tutors (all who have advanced degrees) and peer tutors.  

Please bring a copy of the assignment to the session, along with any instructor or peer feedback that you have. It’s also a good idea to have a sense of what you would like to focus on in your session.

If you’ve started your writing, please bring your writing with you. Please bring a paper copy along with a pen/pencil to use during the session.

We strongly recommend making an appointment using WC Online as our schedule does fill up! Look at your due dates, your agenda and schedule appointments in advance that way you’re guaranteed time in the Writing Center.

Sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes. For the first few minutes, use the time to explain to the tutor what you’re working on, what you would like assistance with; this could be discussing the prompt, feedback you’ve received or anything related to your writing. Afterwards, you and the tutor will decide what to focus on during the session. We suggest prioritizing what to work on during your sessions, as it’s not possible to cover everything in 45 minutes. Plan on making more than one session for larger projects.

We do accept walk-in sessions, but walk-in sessions are dependent upon tutor availability. If a student is not signed up for the slot, you are welcome to take the appointment. If a student has missed his or her appointment, you may also have the appointment.

Unless you are working on a collaborative project, sessions are for one student at a time.

Timely arrival for an appointment is essential. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late to your appointment, another student may sign up for the time slot. Once you miss two appointments, your account will be disabled and you will not be able to make appointments until meeting with the Writing Center Director.

A face to face appointment takes place in the John Bahr Writing Center located in the George House on Concordia Row. For a face to face appointment, you will meet you tutor at the Writing Center. For an online appointment, you can be anywhere; if you’re appointment is a 1:00pm, you should be online at that time to meet your tutor. You have the option to speak, video chat, or use a chat box for the session. You also have the option to upload your paper to the whiteboard for the online session. We understand the value and convenience of online sessions, but we do strongly recommend making at least one face to face appointment prior to an online one to learn more about the process in the Writing Center.

While we would love to offer everyone unlimited appointments, we are not able to at this time. Students are able to sign up for two one hour sessions per week.

It’s great that you’re interested in working in the Writing Center! It’s a wonderful experience. Please contact the Director of the Writing Center at Nathalie.Virgintino@concordia-ny.edu to discuss what opportunities are available for you.

If you’ve started your writing, please bring your writing with you. Please bring a paper copy along with a pen/pencil to use during the session.

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Staff

Nathalie Vergintino, Ph.D.

Dr. Nathalie Virgintino graduated from Concordia as a Fellow with a B.A. in English in 2011. She completed her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Victorian literature at CUNY Graduate Center in 2013. She continued her graduate work in Fall 2013 as a Fellow at the Institute for Writing Studies at St. John’s University where she completed her Ph.D. in Composition Rhetoric in 2016. Dr. Virgintino returned to Concordia as an adjunct in 2012 and then full time as Writing Center Director in 2014. Some of the conferences she has presented at include the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Northeast Writing Center Association, SUNY Council on Writing.

Margaret Massimi

Margaret Massimi has been working at the Writing Center as an ESL Writing Specialist since 2015. She has a BA in English and Education and an MA in School Administration and Leadership. Margaret lived and taught ESL in Europe for many years and enjoys working with International students.

Sean Griffin

Sean Griffin received his MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. His writing has appeared in The Southampton Review, Impossible Archetype, Cathexis Northwest Press, The Offbeat, and elsewhere. He teaches writing at Concordia College of New York and Fordham University, is an editor for Inkwell Literary Journal, and lives in New York with his three dogs.

Victoria Santamorena

Victoria Santamorena has her degree in English literature and is further pursuing a Master’s degree in 19th century literature from New York University. She joins Concordia’s John Bahr Writing Center from the writing center at Manhattanville College. Her specialties are in idea development, literary analysis, and MLA and Chicago style citation. 

Martha Dumas

Martha Dumas received her BA in Comparative Literature from William Smith College and her MA in English Language and Literature from Trinity College. In addition to working as a writing specialist at Concordia, she teaches writing at the University of New Haven.

Sebastian Castillo

Sebastian Castillo is a writer and teacher from New York. He earned his MFA in Fiction from Temple University. He’s taught at a variety of institutions: the University of Pennsylvania, Manhattan College, La Salle University, the Community College of Philadelphia, and elsewhere. He is the author of 49 Venezuelan Novels (Bottlecap Press) and has published poetry and fiction widely.

Kristin Siano

Kristin Siano has been a Writing Specialist at Concordia College’s John Bahr Writing Center since 2017.  Prior to joining Concordia, she worked in the Academic Support Center of Westchester Community College, where she was a writing tutor for English as a Second Language (ESL) students.  At the Writing Center, she works with both ESL and non-ESL students, with the goals of helping her students write clearly and concisely, and teaching and reviewing English grammar and punctuation as necessary.  Kristin earned a B.A. in Communications from Lehigh University and an M.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and earned her TESOL certificate from Long Island University.  She lives in Westchester County with her family.

Alysa Hantgan

Alysa Hantgan received her BA from the University of Michigan and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.   In addition to her role as a writing specialist here, she teaches writing courses at Purchase College and writing courses at Pace University.

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