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Writing Affiliates

The Writing Affiliates initiative aims to bring the culture of the Expository Writing Program into the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) residence halls, providing continuous 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, informal 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


Meet the Writing Affiliates!

Christine Malvasi has taught writing in New York, New Jersey, and Singapore. Currently, she is a faculty member in NYU’s Expository Writing Program. She earned her BA from Princeton and her MFA from NYU.

She recently served as a writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. During this residency, she had a chance to explore various artistic genres—from improvisational acting to visual art—and see how those diverse influences nudged her writing in new directions. She enjoys helping students appreciate and receive inspiration from the many creative opportunities in New York.

Christine Malvasi Photo

David Ellis—in addition to teaching in the Expository Writing Program at NYU—is a writer of many kinds: short fiction, essays, poems, plays, and even some satires. Despite being partial to the creative workings of artists (perhaps to justify his MFA in Fiction), he has found that it is often in the sciences and other disciplines where some of the most imaginative performances take place. As a writing advisor to students in fields like Astrophysics and Psychology through a program called Writing in the Disciplines, David has discovered that all of us in the university have a lot we can learn from each other, especially in our various approaches to understanding the world. As a Writing Affiliate for Founders Residence Hall, he’s feels lucky to learn from the residents about what they know of the world.

David Ellis

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.

Amira Pierce photo

David Cregar is a Senior Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program. He came to NYU in 1993, as a graduate student in the Steinhardt School's English Education doctoral program, and began teaching in the Expository Writing Program that same year. At EWP he was worked as a consultant in The Writing Center, and taught many of the writing courses for first-year students. For the past ten years he has focused on teaching writing for International students, and also serves as a coordinator for those courses.

He taught writing courses at NYU Abu Dhabi in its inaugural year, 2010-11, and helped develop The Writing Center and Writing Program there.

Until recently, he also taught, each summer since 1989, at Montclair State University (N.J.), in the Educational Opportunity Fund Summer Program, a developmental program for incoming students who need more time and practice reading and writing in college. David earned his B.A. and M.A. in English and American Literature at Montclair State.  His Master’s Thesis was the first in his department to examine writing pedagogy.

David has presented frequently at CCCC, NCTE, and other conferences for teachers of English.

David grew up on a lake in Northwest New Jersey, where he now lives with his wife Veronica, and Frankie the French Bulldog.


David was a club deejay for nearly thirty years, which helped pay his way through college, and supported his teaching habit.


Dave Cregar & Family

Michael Tyrell, an alumnus of NYU and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, lives in Brooklyn and is a senior language lecturer at NYU. He is the author of the poetry collection The Wanted (The National Poetry Review Press, 2012) and with Julia Spicher Kasdorf, he edited the anthology Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn (NYU Press, 2007).

Michael Tyrell Photo

Rachael Stark has been fighting gravity and inertia by writing her way through life. A Lecturer of Expository Writing at NYU, an aspiring novelist, Advanced Yoga Instructor, and, in her spare time, a mother of two exuberant daughters, Rachael has written for the “New York Post” “Big Apple Parent” “NY Arts” “The Brooklyn Daily Eagle” and other publications. She is also a featured blogger for The Huffington Post.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University and lives with the hipsters in Brooklyn. Follow me on Twitter @rachaelstark52

Rachael Stark

NORMANDY SHERWOOD is a Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at NYU. She's also a playwright, a costumer and a member of the National Theater of the United States of America (an OBIE award winning theater company that was once called " funny they cease to be avant garde..."). Her plays have been presented at many theaters, including The Kitchen (NYC), Skidmore College (NY) and the Walker Arts Center (MN). She has an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College and she attended NYU/Gallatin as an undergraduate. As an NYU freshman many years ago, she lived in Brittany Hall. She is just thrilled to get to come back as a Writing Affiliate.

Normandy Sherwood

Mark Braley came to NYU and the Expository Writing Program last year following over twenty years of teaching English at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. In the Air Force he spent time in California and Korea as an aircraft maintenance officer and earned his PhD in English from Princeton. Now that he's in New York, where everyone is writing a novel or screenplay or chapbook of poetry, he's pursuing his own writing interests in the personal essay. Favorite pastimes/interests include reading, film, sports of various flavors (though they must be knee-friendly), going to museums, drinking a good beer and eating with a friend at a decent, not-to-expensive bar restaurant. Favorite musical act: The Beatles (he's a little old). Favorite films: Casablanca and Apocalypse Now (undergoing film reeducation since coming to NY). Favorite books: Moby-Dick and whatever he's reading now. Favorite color: mauve (not really the color, but the word).

Mark Braley
Writing Affiliate

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