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All of us writing assistants have experience writing at the university level and have taken a special course preparing us for work as peer tutors for writing. As you get to know us you will find that each of us is different, with a different tutoring style. Let us know what works for you and we'll do our best to help.

"Howdy! My name is Ryan Chanen. I'm majoring in Spanish and Psychology, and enjoy helping others. I'm currently a Peer Academic Assistant in Tamarack and a member of the honors program. My interests include video games, sightseeing and learning. From applications to essays and more, I'll be glad to help you with anything you bring to the center! Welcome/Bienvenidos to the writing center!"

Hello! My name is Katie and I am pursuing a Psychology major and Chemical Dependency minor. I have a passion for traveling, writing, and helping others. I would be happy to help you in the Writing Center and assist you in any stage of your writing process. Whether it is bouncing of essay topic ideas with you, or being a second pair of eyes to go over your final draft, please stop on in!


Hi there, I’m Nikki Mentges. I’ve been an avid reader and writer since I was in the single digits, and I’ve worked with fiction, nonfiction, and academic essays as a Creative and Professional Writing major. I’m happy to help with writing projects of any genre at any stage of completion. Hope to see you in the Writing Center.

Hey, I'm Kevin McColley. I’m made my living for more than twenty years as a professional novelist. I’ve published six novels and have been twice nominated for the National Book Award, as well as having won or been a finalist for many other literary prizes. I’m back in school now because I love books and I want to know more about them. I can help you with your papers and writing projects, so I hope that you’ll stop by.




Greetings from the Writing Resource Center, I'm Jeanette Lukowski. After years of retail and office jobs, I transitioned to freelance writing about the same time I began graduate school (a millennial move). Thanks to Frankie Condon, Stephen North, and Lev Vygotsky, I learned about writing centers while studying the fine art of teaching. (I even utilized the campus writing center while hammering out my thesis--true story!) Don't write in isolation--come collaborate with us! Just think of us as your writing consultants.

Brian DonovanHello--I'm Brian Donovan, Professor of English and director of the Writing Resource Center since Fall of 1998, when I took over from my energetic and brilliant predecessor Michael Morgan. I have loved writing centers ever since joining the tutoring staff at the Writing Center at SUNY Albany, then run by Steve North and later by Lil Brannon. (Steve had slept on my floor when he visited the University of Iowa doing research for a doctoral dissertation on writing centers, but I don't think that was his only reason for taking me on when I showed up at Albany.) For more about me, see my home page.


Come on down to HS 110 for one-on-one help with your writing projects--and remember, when you're just getting started and may not even have anything down on paper yet, that may be the best time of all to start working with one of our Writing Assistants. See you there!