About the Writing Fellows

The SPS Writing Fellows are CUNY doctoral students trained in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) pedagogy. They will not edit or correct your work for you, but will make suggestions for improvements to structure and content and help you identify and correct errors.  The fellows can provide assistance at any stage of writing from brainstorming and planning to proofreading and editing, and can assist writers at every stage of ability.

This page explains our schedule, how to make an appointment or request written feedback, and introduces the fellows who can work with you this semester.

How to get help

PLEASE NOTE: For the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, the writing fellows will have online video chat and written feedback (essay drop off) appointments ONLY.

Please go to our online scheduler and make an appointment for a video conference or for asynchronous, written feedback.  If this is your first time using our scheduling system, please download this PDF for instructions.  If you need to find this information later, the most up to date instructions will always be on the SPS Tutoring page.

If you have questions or need assistance with the scheduler, you can email the Writing Fellows at writingfellows@sps.cuny.edu.

The Fall 2019 Writing Fellows are:

Rhiannon Banerdt has a Master’s degree in violin performance, and is a doctoral candidate in the Music program at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She was previously a Graduate Teaching Fellow at CUNY’s Brooklyn College. Her dissertation is an analytical study of self-similarity and chaotic irregularity in Dutilleux’s string quartet Ainsi la nuit. Rhiannon is an active performing member of the Ulysses Quartet, and is interested in the ways that the fields of music, literature, and science challenge and support each other.


Ivana Durovic is a PhD student in Linguistics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her main research interest is in Compositional Semantics, and her current projects focus on Subjunctive Conditionals and Non-truth-conditional meaning of the verbs of desire. Her extra-curricular interests include the relationship between language and power, and the rise of labor movements. Ivana has taught various Linguistics courses at Hunter College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and The University of Iowa. She has also lead discussion sections for graduate courses in Syntax and Semantics at the Graduate Center, and has extensive experience in teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language in Serbia, Brazil and The US.


Fabian Escalona is completing his PhD in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center of CUNY, City University of New York. He earned a BA in Art History and Theory at Universidad de Chile, and later a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies. He has written theatre criticism in Chile and the United States. He was a professor in Chile, where he taught courses in Art History, Greek Theatre, and Human Rights at several universities between 2009 and 2012. In the United States, he has been teaching classes Introduction to Theatre, and World Theatre History at Hunter College since 2015. His academic research focuses on Latin American theatre history, contemporary Chilean theatre, political theatre and post-Colonial studies. Fabian is also a native Spanish speaker.

Tim Mastic is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught various music theory courses at the University of Oregon and Brooklyn College, including a graduate seminar he created about analyzing popular music. His research interests are classical form and American popular music. His dissertation is about the relationships between lyrics, form, and music more broadly in songs by Dave Matthews Band.


Bradley Nelson is a doctoral candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at City College, and has taught literature and composition in the English department at Brooklyn College, where he also earned his MA. His research interests include 19th and 20th century US poetry, medieval mysticism, queer theory, philosophy, and the digital humanities. Bradley has also worked in various positions throughout the publishing industry since 2005. 

Sarah Shah is a PhD Candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interests include post-conflict state-building, the question of state sovereignty and international intervention in conflicts. She has also been teaching political science at Queens College, CUNY. Sarah has an MA in Politics from New York University and an MA in Poverty and Development at the University of Sussex (UK). She earned her BSc (honors) in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. 


Erin Heiser is the Assistant Coordinator for the Writing Fellows at SPS. She has a Master’s degree in English with a focus on Composition and Rhetoric, and is a doctoral candidate in the English program at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She previously held a Writing Fellowship at Lehman College, CUNY.  Her dissertation focuses on how working-class lesbian writers use the autobiographical in their texts. Erin is interested in the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender; and these themes show up regularly in her own writing and on her syllabuses at CUNY and NYU where she has enjoyed teaching literature and writing for over a decade.


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