The Paul Smith's College Writing Support

Our Writing Tutor Schedule
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Meet Our Writing Tutors

Ellen Haas

Hi, I’m Ellen. I’m an Ecological Restoration major here at PSC with a passion for botany and local, hole-in-the-wall businesses. I have a deep appreciation for the power of words to convey ideas, and I’m happy to look over your concepts in letter form during my office hours (Mondays 9-11 and Thursdays 11:30-1:30)! To be honest with you, I get writers’ block and scramble my grammar sometimes too, which is why I believe in peer editing to suggest improvements that we otherwise would miss. Come talk with me, bring your drafts, and we’ll both learn something new.



Kate Hemsley

Hi! I’m Kate (she/her), a Junior studying Natural Sciences. I’m involved in a variety of things around campus, including working as a Peer Mentor and as an Apollos Editor. In my free time, I really enjoy sewing and riding my bike. I do a lot of writing, so if you are looking for help with various writing needs, please don’t hesitate to come by library 206 during my office hours (Mon and Wed 9-10 am), or make an appointment on Starfish with me or any of the other Writing Tutors!


Jaak Koiva

“Hey there! I’m Jaak, I am an Environmental Science major here at Paul Smith’s. I love things like the outdoors, reading, and drawing. I also would love to help you with your writing needs here in the CACS, stop by library 206 whenever during my office hours or make an appointment through Starfish and I’ll be happy to help you!”


Ariah Mitchell

Hey, my name’s Ariah! I’m a senior here, dual majoring in Environmental Studies and Communication. I absolutely love the outdoors, as well as reading, drawing, memes, video games, and writing of course! No matter the class, I’d love to help you out with any of your writing assignments. Drop by the CACS during my office hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-5) or book an appointment with me on Starfish for any assistance you may need.


Abigail Burk

Hi, my name is Abi. I’m a junior in the Environmental Science program at PSC. I’m originally from Pennsylvania and I love SCUBA diving, being outdoors, and travelling around the world. I also love reading and writing and would love to help you be the best writer you can be! Book an appointment with me or any of our other wonderful writing tutors on Starfish.


photo credit: Zachary Thoren

Wesley Burkit

Hi, my name is Wesley and my pronouns are he/him. I am in the Environmental Science program at PSC. I grew up in PA and enjoy running, exploring the outdoors, and going on adventures. I am part of the rugby, cross-country, and snowshoe teams. I am an editor for Apollos and in the pride and astronomy clubs too. I like getting lost in a good book or crafting a world through literature. Stop in during my office hours if you need any literary support! Make an appointment with me in Starfish!



Why drop in?

Develop and organize ideas
Strengthen basic writing skills
Cite sources
Eliminate wordiness and redundancy
Expand a draft
Develop punctuation skills
Improve sentence structures

Our 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.