The Paul Smith's College Writing Center
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paper review may take up to 48 hours
submit assignments 1 week prior to due date for ideal services
we highly recommend providing us with your teacher’s rubric and assignment sheet
Meet Our Writing Center Coaches!
My name is Tim Sweeney, and I have enjoyed reading and writing since I was around 8 years old. I love poetry most of all, but I also enjoy reading short stories, novels, and unnecessarily angry Yelp reviews. I believe that the ability to write effectively is an extremely important skill to have, both academically and professionally. However, powerful writing can also be a useful tool in your personal life too! For example, your hour long wait to be seated wasn’t “long”, it was biblical, your steak wasn’t “dry”, it was like an artifact from King Tut’s tomb… I mean after all, what fun is writing boring Yelp reviews?
My name is Victoria Tamberrino and I am a Junior at Paul Smith’s College from Charlottesville, Virginia. I am majoring in Baking Arts and Service Management and Culinary Arts, and I am minoring in Business and Craft Brewing Services and Management. On my free time, I enjoy singing and playing music, baking, and exploring the Adirondacks. I enjoy being a part of the Academic Success Center, as it allows me to contribute to the Paul Smith’s College values of student success that led me to this school.
Hi there! My name is Jackie. I’m a senior in the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences program. I have a LOT of experience working with scientific writing. I love working with raptors, being outside, and writing. Come see me anytime!
Hi fellow students! I’m Bronson Liguori and I’m a senior finishing up a Natural Resource Sustainability degree. I’m really into outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, and snowboarding but I also play rugby and hockey. Reading and writing about outdoor recreation and sustainable practices gets me going but I also have experience writing scientific research papers. So… come visit the writing center!
Hey, I’m Rob! I enjoy researching and writing about management strategies and the natural history of wildlife species. I am interested in the wildlife conservation implications that come for research done across different species.
My name is Audrey Emerson and I am a junior in the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences program. I love to explore and experience new things but some of my favorite past times include drawing, hiking, biking, skiing, hunting, and fishing. I am fortunate enough to have grown up on a small farm on the southwest border of the Adirondack Park, a place where my imagination has had no limits. I have always enjoyed writing informal journal entries about plants and wildlife that I encounter while out in the fields and forests. However, upon beginning my educational career at Paul Smith’s College, I discovered that I equally enjoy the challenge of effectively communicating through scientific writing. I hope to contribute many qualities to the Writing Center on campus and to be able to help others find a voice through their writing.
My name is Matthew Merritt and I really love to write! I’m from Utica, New York and I am a sophomore that is majoring in Natural Resources. I enjoy writing poems, short stories, and occasionally music. I am an Eagle Scout and I was in the scouting program for 13 years! I have a deep appreciation for music, photography, and nature. Several of my hobbies include shredding Whiteface on my snowboard, taking Polaroid pictures, collecting vinyl records, and playing my acoustic and electric guitar. I also enjoy spending time with my dog Frodo Theodore Baggins. Although writing can be difficult sometimes, I believe it is an important skill to have and be proficient with. I hope to develop my own writing as I work alongside so many great students. Hope to see you soon!
Meet the Writing Center Staff!
Hey, I’m Roxie. I have been at Paul Smith’s College since 1990. I was here in the nineties, helped when PSC instituted a Writing Center—and have watched it grow ever since! My varied instructional experience includes teaching people from very young ages to adult. I have taught English grammar, composition, and literature to high school and college students and have taught students with emotional, developmental, and learning disabilities. As a learning specialist, I help students with a disability reach their potential using accommodations and other services at Paul Smith’s College. As a reading therapist, I provide assessment services and effective treatment and intervention to students of all ages and levels of reading achievement. My main interest is in the area of universal access to education. Many people need to adjust the activities required to learn and to demonstrate what they learned. It is my desire to help professors and students make those adjustments, so any student can access their education as easily as any other student.
Hello, I’m Rebi! I’m a professional writing coach at our Writing Center on campus. I’ve been working at the Writing Center for some time now. I am intrigued by reading, writing, and most of all rugby! I love to help students and have a knack for answering hard questions. A fun fact about me… I teach line dancing! You can find me in the Writing Center Monday through Thursday. Stop in anytime to get some help or just to chat!
Howdy! I’m Sara Rose. I work with the PSC Writing Center as a writing specialist. I’m a recent graduate who enjoys reading and writing on just about anything! I’m infatuated by the mountains, sustainable agriculture, and our school’s team of draft horses. I love making connections between food, farming, people, and writing. And I especially enjoy teaching people about these subjects. I play the bagpipes, own a red-tick coonhound, and you can find me around campus usually drinking copious amounts of black coffee out of my mustard-yellow thermos. I am currently reading Charles Bukowski, “The Days Run Away like Wild Horses over the Hill,” and Stephen Leslie’s, “Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century.” Feel free to come find me in the writing center or at the school barn anytime!
Why drop in?
Develop and organize ideas
Strengthen basic writing skills
Eliminate wordiness and redundancy
Expand a draft
Develop punctuation skills
Improve sentence structures
Our coaches, who are either faculty members or peer tutors, can help you develop as a writer.
What you need to bring: The assignment, any drafts you’ve started, ideas, and willingness to learn. Make sure to leave time to make revisions before the assignment is due.
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.
We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.
Writing Papers of Literary Analysis
Grammar Explanations and Exercises
Capital Community College
Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation
Common Word Errors
Modern Language Association
The Internet Public Library
The Quotation Page
Grossmont College Library Reference Tools
Grammar and Style Guidelines
Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
The Elements of Style
Refdesk’s Grammar, Usage, and Style
LabWrite by NCSU
Crafting Ideas for a Paper
Interpreting the Assignment
Techniques for Brainstorming Ideas
Revising and Restructuring Drafts
Varying Sentence Patterns
Understanding Passive Voice
Improving Word Choice