The Writing Affiliates initiative aims to bring the culture of the Expository Writing Program into the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) residence halls, providing support for a year in the life of a student writer. Through events designed to address the challenges of first-year writing courses, this program fosters a productive culture of academic writing in the residence halls.
Writing Affiliates collaborate with Student Affairs professionals as well as student staff to create a residential community that supports first year students' intellectual, social, cultural, and ethical development. As with all Living Learning programs, Writing Affiliates combine formal teaching, information learning, creative activities, and personal support to create an enhanced student experience.
Writing Affiliates host peer-review essay-drafting workshops in the halls, partner with R.I.S.E., EWP faculty, and writing tutors on workshops for international students, and offer a series of one-on-one writing conferences in the halls.
Christine earned her BA from Princeton and her MFA from NYU. In her former role as a writer-in-residence for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, her exploration of various artistic genres nudged her writing in new directions. She now enjoys helping students appreciate/receive inspiration from New York.
Amira received her MFA in Writing Fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and is working on a novel about finding love in a broken world. Her favorite things to do are make feasts at home and run away to foreign lands.
Michael, an alumnus of NYU and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is a senior lecturer at NYU. He is the author of the poetry collection The Wanted (The National Poetry Review, 2012) and with Julia Spicher Kasdorf, edited the anthology, Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn (NYU Press, 2007).
Normandy is a Playwright, a Costumer, and a member of the National Theater of the USA. She has an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College, and attended NYU Gallatin as an undergraduate. She is thrilled to come back to the NYU community and work with students as a Writing Affiliate.
David is a writer of short fiction, essays, poems, plays, and satires. He enjoys blending science with other disciplines and learning from the products of their unique combinations. As the Faculty Affiliate of Founders Hall, he feels lucky to dialogue and learn from the building's residents.
Dave began his NYU career as a doctoral student in Steinhardt's English Education program. For the past ten years he has focused on teaching writing for International students. He has also taught and assisted in the development of the Writing Center and Writing Program at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Rachael is an aspiring novelist, Advanced Yoga Instructor, and a mother of two exuberant daughters. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and has written for the "New York Post," "Big Apple Parent," "NY Arts," "The Brooklyn Daily Eagle," and other publications.
After earning his PhD in English from Princeton, Mark spent time in California and Korea as an aircraft maintenance officer, and spent twenty additional years teaching english at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Now in New York, he is pursuing his own writing interests in the personal essay.