Metro Writing Studio

One of the top academic priorities of the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University is to graduate students who are competent and confident writers. To advance this goal, the Campus Writing Initiative, an innovative, comprehensive, campus-wide commitment to student writing, was adopted. The Metro Writing Studio supports the Campus Writing Initiative and reinforces the philosophy of the Writing Program.

The Studio is staffed with professional tutors who provide students with assistance in all steps of the writing process. Because our aim is to produce better writers — not just better writing — our tutors work closely with students to help them acquire for themselves the writing skills they need not only in their classes but in their future careers as well. Accordingly, tutors do not provide editing or proofreading services; rather, they help students learn how to express themselves clearly and coherently in any writing situation they may encounter. In addition, the Studio offers a range of workshops designed not only for students but also for faculty, staff, and the community. We provide a welcoming (and wireless) space where you can write or simply read and study, so visit the Metro Writing Studio soon and often!

The professional tutors at the Metro Writing Studio provide free academic support services to help students, faculty, and staff at Fairleigh Dickinson University improve student writing skills. Tutoring and workshops are offered in the Studio, which is a space designed to accommodate one-on-one, small group, and classroom instruction. Students have access to Studio laptops when working with tutors or attending class in the Studio (or they may bring their own laptops); wireless access to the Internet is available to those who have an FDU Webmail account.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you for contacting the Metro Writing Studio.  Online synchronous writing support for Fall, 2020 begins Monday, August 24 to Tuesday, November 17, 2020.  Daily tutoring hours are Mondays to Thursdays 10 to 5, and Fridays 10 to 4.  Please see the daily schedule and contact sheet listed to the left of this for directions on contacting a tutor and/or attending a scheduled workshop.  Graduate Assistants have been assigned for each and will assist you in connecting to your tutoring session and/or a workshop.  Should you have any questions, please contact Julia Wagner, Director of the Metro Writing Studio, at jawagner@fdu.edu or 201-692-2165. 

Tutoring Schedule

THE METRO WRITING STUDIO IS OPEN FOR VIRTUAL TUTORING

Monday, August 24 to Tuesday, November 17, 2020

For any student, faculty, or staff member in need of tutoring services, please check the schedule below and based on the day and time of your request, email the appropriate contact person. Once you have contacted the Studio Support Team via email, you will be directed to the appropriate tutor scheduled for that day.

Monday
Srishti
10:00AM to 5:00 PM
Spatel15@student.fdu.edu
Tuesday
Srishti
10:00AM to 5:00 PM
Spatel15@student.fdu.edu
Wednesday
Malav
10:00AM to 5:00 PM
malav@student.fdu.edu
Thursday
Malav
10:00AM to 5:00 PM
malav@student.fdu.edu
Friday
Srishti
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Spatel15@student.fdu.edu
 
Malav
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
malav@student.fdu.edu

Email Julia Wagner, Director, at jawagner@fdu.edu for further assistance with services at the studio. 

Workshop Schedule: FALL 2020 VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

These free workshops are open to all FDU students, faculty, and staff. No registration is required to attend; however, you will need to email the appropriate graduate assistant located under each workshop in order to register and connect to the virtual presentation. Please email Julia Wagner, Director, at jawagner@fdu.edu for more information about the workshops and the tutoring services offered at the Metro Writing Studio. Suggestions are welcome!                                               

Registration information: Contact the email 10 minutes prior to presentation times. 

Writing in the Sciences 

August 25 (T) 

5:30 Pm to 7:00 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Helen Kuttner will introduce skills specific to scientific writing as well as support available through the Metro Writing Studio for such writing.  

Registration information:  contact the following email 10 minutes prior to presentation times: Malav malav@student.fdu.edu 

Introduction to APA Format  

September 8 (T) 

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM  

ZOOM Presentation 

Danielle DesFosses will cover the basics of APA formatting, commonly used to cite sources in academic writing, and guide students through practice   exercises. This workshop will be repeated on October 20. Registration Contact: Srishti- spatel15@student.fdu.edu 

Introduction to MLA 8th Edition Format 

September 10  (TH) 

1:00 AM to 2:30 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Yelena Shekhtman will introduce and review the 8 edition of MLA format for students. Registration Contact: Malav– malav@student.fdu.edu   

Information Literacy Workshop 

September 14 (M) 

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Giovatto Reference Librarian Paul Dunphy will lead this presentation on how to use the Giovatto Library to access resources for your research papers.  This workshop will be repeated on October 5 and November 4Registration Contact: Srishti- spatel15@student.fdu.edu 

Technical Communications Basics: Lab Reports and More 

September 16 (W) 

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Helen Kuttner will instruct students how to write clear and precise lab reports, and she will provide tips for writing the important business and technical documents engineering students need for success in their internships and careers. Registration Contact: Malav malav@student.fdu.edu, 

Essential Spoken English for International Students 

 September 21 (M)     

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

 ZOOM Presentation 

Culled from Professor Paul Caruso’s teaching experiences abroad, this participatory workshop will help international students improve their English conversation skills in the classroom and among their peers. Registration Contact: Srishti- spatel15@student.fdu.edu 

Creating the Works Cited List 

September 24 (TH) 

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Yelena Shekhtman will lead this workshop designed for those who are familiar with the basics of MLA parenthetical citation; she will focus on how to create the work cited list. Registration Contact: Malav malav@student.fdu.edu 

Information Literacy Workshop 

October 5 (M) 

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Giovatto Reference Librarian Paul Dunphy will lead this presentation on how to use the Giovatto Library to access resources for your research papers.  This workshop is a repeat of September 14 and will be repeated on November 4, 2020. Registration Contact: Srishti- spatel15@student.fdu.edu 

Writing the Master’s Thesis 

Oct 6 (T) 

7:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Paul Caruso will first explain what writing a Master’s thesis encompasses before guiding you through the steps needed to organize, write and complete your Master’s thesis using project management strategies.  

Advanced APA Format 

October 7 (W) 

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Designed for those who know the basics of APA, this workshop, presented by Helen Kuttner, will offer a brief APA overview before launching into more complicated citation issues. A question and answer period will follow for your specific APA Format questions. This workshop will repeated on Wednesday, November 4 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Registration Contact: Malav – malav@student.fdu.edu 

Basic Grammar  

October 8 (Th) 

1:00 PM to  2:00 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Rochelle Moskowitz will introduce, explain, and then help students to recognize the most common mechanical errors within their own writing focusing on the The Comma and what makes a great sentence.   Registration Contact: Malav malav@student.fdu.edu 

Basic Grammar 

October 15 (Th) 

1:00 PM to 2:0PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Rochelle Moskowitz hosts a grammar workshop on Definite and Indefinite Articles and how to employ them in student writing. Registration Contact: Srishti- spatel15@student.fdu.edu 

Introduction to APA Format 

October 20 (T) 

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Danielle Des Fosses will cover the basics of APA formatting, commonly used to cite sources in academic writing, and guide students through practice exercises. This workshop is a repeat of the workshop offered on September 8. Registration Contact: Srishti- spatel15@student.fdu.edu 

Advanced APA Format 

November 4 (W) 

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Designed for those who know the basics of APA, this workshop, presented by Helen Kuttner, will offer a brief APA overview before launching into more complicated citation issues. A question and answer period will follow for your specific APA format questions. Registration Contact: Malav malav@student.fdu.edu 

Information Literacy Instruction 

November 4 (W) 

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM 

ZOOM Presentation 

Giovatto Reference Librarian Paul Dunphy will lead this presentation on how to use the Giovatto Library to access resources for your research papers.  This workshop will be repeat on October 4 and November 2, 2020. Registration Contact: Srishti-spatel15@student.fdu.edu 

ESL Conversation Schedule

Non-native speakers of English are invited to come practice their spoken language skills with help from Jeanette Adams at the Metro Writing Studio on six Tuesdays this semester. Jeanette Adams will guide the students in informal conversation, assist with pronunciation, and answer questions about colloquial English. Attendance is limited and registration is required; Call 201-692-2166 to register.

Referral form

Referral forms are not necessary; tutoring is available on a drop-in basis. However, faculty may refer students to the Writing Studio by printing, completing, and giving a referral form to those students in need of assistance.

To print out a referral form please click here: Referral Form

FAQ’s

The Metro Writing Studio provides free, individualized tutoring in writing and writing workshops to help students, faculty, and staff at Fairleigh Dickinson University improve their writing skills.

  • Where is the Metro Writing Studio?
    We are located on the second floor of the Frank Giovatto Library (on the Metropolitan campus in Teaneck) behind the Reference/Circulation Desk.
  • What are the hours of operation?
    Monday-Thursday 10.00 am to 7.00 pm Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Sunday 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. The Studio, which offers wireless connection to the Internet to those with an FDU webmail account, is open as a quiet and comfortable study space whenever the library is open.
  • Who may use the Studio?
    Students who are matriculated at Fairleigh Dickinson (whether undergraduate or graduate, part-time or full-time), faculty, and staff are eligible to make use of all the Studio’s offerings.
  • What kind of help do the tutors provide?
    Tutors assist students with all phases of the writing process from brainstorming ideas to polishing the final draft. We do not, however, offer proofreading or editing services; our goal is to teach students how do such things for themselves.
  • Do I need to make an appointment to see a tutor?
    No, we see students mainly on a drop-in-basis (limited appointments become available later in the semester). On occasion, you might have to wait before a tutor is free to work with you, so plan your time wisely. Be sure to fill out a Request for Tutoring Form upon your arrival.
  • What should I bring when I see a tutor?
    You should bring the assignment given to you by your instructor, the materials (such as articles or books) upon which the assignment is based, and a printed copy of what you have written so far.
  • What other types of services does the Studio provide?
    Throughout the semester, we offer workshops on various writing-related topics such as how to recognize and avoid plagiarism and how to use MLA and APA citation formats. International students can practice their speaking skills six times a semester at our English conversation workshops.

Faculty and Tutors

Director, Metro Writing Studio

Julia Wagner
Senior Lecturer, School of the Humanities
Phone: (201) 692-2165
Mail Stop: T-GL1-03
Jawagner@fdu.edu

Tutors

  • Rochelle Moskowitz
  • Jeanette Adams
  • Paul Caruso
  • Terry Gibson
  • Rose Grimaldi
  • Josephine Horna
  • Elizabeth Johnson
  • Jeannie Kang-Suh
  • Helen Kutner
  • Deborah Maclean
  • Patricia Miller
  • Barbara Morris
  • Yelena Shekhtman

Graduate Assistants

  • Devanshi Patel
  • Kartik Bhaktha
  • Akshay Venkatesh