Core Writing Fellows

Writing Fellows are available for one-on-one tutoring appointments with students taking courses across the Core Curriculum. WFs are happy to consult with you about any Core writing assignment at any stage of the writing process.

Booking an appointment with your assigned Fellow

Many discussion sections will have a designated Writing Fellow for students to book appointments with. To make an appointment with your designated fellow, communicate with them directly, as per the instructions they will have provided to you in discussion section. They will confirm the time and location of your meeting. In the current semester, the following sections have Writing Fellows assigned:

  • Eric Bjornson, English: For students in B2 (Waters) and D1 (Kleiman)
  • Andrew Christensen, English: For students in B6 and B7 (Sims)
  • Alex Claxton, Anthropology: For students in B3 (Crowe)
  • Rachel Fisher, Classics: For students in C6 (Johnson)
  • Emily Kramer, Editorial Institute: For students in C2 and C4 (Klancer)
  • Ryan Patten, Editorial Institute: For students in CC 201 with Ricks
  • Omar Sharifi, Anthropology: For students in C3 (Wylie)
  • Natalie Susmann, Archaeology: For students in B5 (Esposito)
  • Francis Vanaria, American/NE Studies: For students in C5 (Hamill) and B4 (Gillman)
  • Kristen Wroth, Archaeology: For students in B8 (Gapotchenko) and B1 (McDonough)

Students are advised to bring a draft of their paper (if one has been written by the time of the appointment) as well as a copy of the writing assignment, to their meeting with the Fellow.

Booking an appointment with an at-large Fellow

In addition to the Fellows assigned to sections as listed above, certain Writing Fellows are responsible for assisting Core students outside the first-year Humanities. The office hours for these at-large Fellows are as follows:

Topic Writing for
the Core Natural Sciences
Writing for
International / ESL students
Writing for
the Core Social Sciences
Writing for
the Second-year Core Humanities
Fellow Alex Claxton Rachel Fisher Natalie Susmann Omar Sharifi
Hours Mons. and Weds.
in CAS 328
Weds. and Fris.
in CAS 328
in CAS 328
in CAS 119
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To book an appointment with one of the at-large Fellows:

  1. Make sure you are logged on with your BU email (Google) account
  2. Click on the “book an appointment” link below the Fellow you want to meet with, to be taken to their Google appointments calendar
  3. On that calendar, identify an open time slot that fits your schedule.
  4. In the “WHAT” section of that appointment slot, add your name and BU email address
  5. Click “Save”

If you would like to cancel your  appointment, click on the slot, and select “Cancel”. Your WF will receive notification. Please make sure your own calendar is set to Eastern Standard Time to ensure you have the correct time!

International students, take note: additional ESL help is also available through the Educational Resource Center (ERC) and the College of Communication. The ERC offers 30-minute ESL sessions, and COM’s Writing Center is open to all BU students.

Additional writing resources:

Core writers are encouraged to refer to Hacker’s Rules for Writers, 7th Edition as a guide to usage and citation.