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.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Metro Writing Studio is now closed for spring semester, 2021.  

The Studio will be open for tutoring during Summer Session 1 beginning on June 1st through July 2nd.  Weekly hours of operation are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 AM – 3:00 PM.

Please see the schedule below and contact via email the support services team member depending on the day you wish to receive tutoring. If you have any questions regarding our services, please contact Julia Wagner, Director @ jawagner@fdu.edu.

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Tutoring Schedule

THE METRO WRITING STUDIO IS OPEN FOR VIRTUAL TUTORING

Monday,  Feb 1 to Wednesday,  May 5,  2021

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.

M  10 – 5PM T 10 – 5PM W 10 – 5 PM TH 11-5 PM F 10- 4 Sunday 1 – 5
           

J.Adams

10:00–2:00PM

J.Veach

10:00–2:00PM

J. Horna

10:00–2:00PM

D.Maclean

11:00-3:00PM

I.Konstandinis

10:00–2:00PM

T.Gibson

1:00–5:00PM

   

D. Simons

12:00–4:00PM 

     
 

D.Simons

12:00–4:00PM

 

J.Adams

11:30-3:30PM

D.Maclean

11:00-3:00PM

 

R. Chavious

12:00–4:00PM

         
   

R. Moskowitz

11:00–3:00PM

   

R. Chavious

1:00–5:00PM

H. Kuttner

12:00–4:00PM

   

H.Kuttner

12:00-4:00PM

J.Horna 

12:00-4:00PM

 
   

T.Gibson

1:00–5:00PM

     

T.Gibson

1:00–5:00PM

         
 

Y.Shekhtman

1:00–5:00PM

 

R.Chavious 

1:00-5:00PM

Y. Shekhtman

1:00–4:00PM

Deb Maclean

1:00 PM–5:00PM

NOTE: Our free tutoring is available to all FDU students, faculty, and staff with a valid ID. No tutoring is available on Saturdays.

APPOINTMENTS ALSO AVAILABLE

Please note that schedules subject to change.

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

Workshop Schedule: Spring 2021 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.

WORKSHOP     

DATE

TIME    

PLACE

Academic Writing and The Annotated Bibliography Workshop

February 9th (T)

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

In this workshop, students will be instructed in the purpose and use of the annotated bibliography.  This is a practical workshop providing a blend of information and useful links and references that will help students primarily with research skills.  Contact the following e-mail 10 minutes prior to presentation times:

Malav (malav@student.fdu.edu) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7238498458?pwd=N0x6SzgxZ3JtVmhOVDAycUdkWk56UT09

Meeting ID: 723 849 8458

Passcode: Sb629v

Technical and Scientific Writing

February 10th  (W)        

3:00 –4:00 PM

Virtual Presenatation: ZOOM

Scientific writing is written with specific goals and a very specific audience in mind. Helen Kuttner will introduce beginning practical approaches for students in the sciences who need to learn how to write in their field.   Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: Sristhi Patel. (spatel15@student.fdu.edu) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86724083660?pwd=UDJ1N2lEVDNQVHE3YU16UnUrK2Nmdz09

Meeting ID: 867 2408 3660

Passcode: K4B4hc

Essential Spoken English for International Students

February 23rd ( T)

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

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. Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: Sanjana Hirawat: (sanjana28@student.fdu.edu) https://fdu.zoom.us/j/96750765604?pwd=VGMwWlpMQVNaZG5wR1lHNC9UVittdz09

Meeting ID: 967 5076 5604

Passcode: 552730

What is Critical Writing?

February 24th (W)

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

What is the critical perspective?  And, how do students demonstrate it in their writing?   This is a workshop led by Danielle Des Fosses that first explains the necessary point of view, and then the steps needed to carry out research that supports analysis to this aim in student writing. 

Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: Srishti Patel (spatel15@student.fdu.edu)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84800560258?pwd=TEJUNkdlRVRLUjZCVnNHcVhaRUhWUT09

Meeting ID: 848 0056 0258

Passcode: wCX0nV

Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism

February 25th (TH)

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Yelena Shekhtman will teach students how and when to quote and/or paraphrase from an original source – and how to acknowledge that source – so that they can learn how to avoid committing plagiarism accidentally. Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: malav@student.fdu.edu

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7238498458?pwd=N0x6SzgxZ3JtVmhOVDAycUdkWk56UT09

Meeting ID: 723 849 8458

Passcode: Sb629v

Undergraduate Academic Essay and Research Workshop

February 25th (TH)

5:30- 7:00 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Students are instructed on the elements of researching accurately and appropriately for Academic Essay writing, how to vet sources and make good source decisions. Led by Paul Caruso, students will be provided a blend of information from useful links and references, within this practical hands-on writing workshop. Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: malav@student.fdu.edu

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7238498458?pwd=N0x6SzgxZ3JtVmhOVDAycUdkWk56UT09

Meeting ID: 723 849 8458

Passcode: Sb629v

Introduction to APA Format

March 2nd (T)

3:30- 4:30 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

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 March 23rd.  Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: Srishti Patel (spatel15@student.fdu.edu)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86957037390?pwd=eDFwNzh2cEgvMERXcDcvbUNpN0dXdz09

Meeting ID: 869 5703 7390

Passcode: D6Aspr

Common Essay Patterns

March 3th (W)

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Helen Kuttner will review the various patterns available to writers for composing essays before examining strategies for writing clear and effective argumentative, compare/contrast, and cause and effect essays. Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: Sanjana Hirawat: (sanjana28@student.fdu.edu) https://fdu.zoom.us/j/92720748912?pwd=L3gzY3dSdWh4cUs4U2REWlNsV3JPdz09

Meeting ID: 927 2074 8912

Passcode: 949494

Information Literacy

March 5th (F)

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

TBA

APA Advanced Format

March 10th (W)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Designed for those who know the basics of APA, this workshop, presented by Helen Kuttner, will offer a brief overview before launching into more complicated citation issues.  A question answer period will follow for your specific APA format questions.  Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: Srishti Patel (spatel15@student.fdu.edu) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81494552129?pwd=VUlPeGRVa2doOGRFaDloUENHREJadz09

Meeting ID: 814 9455 2129

Passcode: 9GUbiA

Basic Grammar Workshop

March 15th (M)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Rochelle Moskowitz hosts a grammar workshop on Definite and Indefinite Articles and how to employ them in student writing.

Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: Sanjana Hirawat: (sanjana28@student.fdu.edu) (https://fdu.zoom.us/j/96797604398?pwd=ZEZsTUtPWmdldE1tWVc4cjNCUUtIdz09

Meeting ID: 967 9760 4398

Passcode: 683668

Introduction to APA

March 23th (T)

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Virtual Presentation:ZOOM

Danielle DesFosses will cover the basics of APA formatting, commonly used to cite sources in academic writing, and guide students through practice exercises. This is a repeat of the workshop presented on March 2nd.  Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: Srishti Patel (spatel15@student.fdu.edu) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81571191782?pwd=L0l6SXRZblp3RlU2OWhNb1hNSzNrZz09

Meeting ID: 815 7119 1782

Passcode: 87GY9Q

Advanced APA Format

March 24 (W)

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Designed for those who know the basics of APA, this workshop, presented by Helen Kuttner, will offer a brief overview before launching into more complicated citation issues. A question answer period will follow for your specific APA format questions.  This is a repeat of the workshop scheduled on March 10th.   

Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: Srishti Patel (spatel15@student.fdu.edu) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86981055471?pwd=cHpkcE05MkRmYi9qTURIcGpZK2tvUT09

Meeting ID: 869 8105 5471

Passcode: ZbsiR3

Basic Grammar

 

March 29th (M)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

 

Just write it!  Rochelle Moskowitz leads this grammar workshop on using the imperative voice in student writing.

Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: (malav@student.fdu.edu)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7238498458?pwd=N0x6SzgxZ3JtVmhOVDAycUdkWk56UT09

Meeting ID: 723 849 8458

Passcode: Sb629v

Creating the Works Cited List

April 8th (TH)

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

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 works cited list. Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: (malav@student.fdu.edu)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7238498458?pwd=N0x6SzgxZ3JtVmhOVDAycUdkWk56UT09

Meeting ID: 723 849 8458

Passcode: Sb629v

Information Literacy Workshop

 

 

 

TBA

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

  • Jeanette Adams 
  • Paul Caruso 
  • Ron Chavious
  • Terry Gibson 
  • Josephine Horna 
  • Irene Konstantinidis 
  • Helen Kuttner 
  • Deborah Maclean 
  • Rochelle Moskowitz 
  • Yelena Shekhtman  
  • David Simons 
  • James Veach 

Graduate Assistants