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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The Metro Writing 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 @

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Tutoring Schedule


11- 3 on Tues, Weds, and Th from June 1 to July 2nd.  

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.

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


Please note that schedules subject to change.

Email Julia Wagner, Director, at for further assistance with services at the studio. 

Workshop Schedule: Summer 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 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.

Introduction to APA

June 8th (Tuesday)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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. Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: Srishti Patel (

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 967 9593 4476
Passcode: 048446

No registration is required for this free workshop open to everyone at FDU. For more information email the Director of the Metro Writing Studio, Julia Wagner at

Introduction to MLA Format

June 10th (Thursday)

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Virtual Presentation

This free workshop introduces students to the how and when of MLA parenthetical citation needed for quoting sources accurately in their academic writing.  Yelena Shekhtman will cover the basics of in-text MLA format commonly used for citation in the humanities.  Access the presentation through the ZOOM link listed below.  
No registration required.  For more information, consult our website at or email Julia Wagner, Director at
Meeting ID:  979 9135 3925
Passcode:  547945

Advanced APA Format

June 10th (Thursday)

1:30 – 2:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Virtual Presentation: ZOOM

Designed for those who know the basics of APA formatting, this workshop 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.

Contact the following email 10 minutes prior to workshop time: Srishti Patel (

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 997 9828 7134

Passcode: 554153

No registration is required for this free workshop open to everyone at FDU. For more information email the Director of the Metro Writing Studio, Julia Wagner at

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


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


  • 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