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Writing Center Consultants work with undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course which requires writing.

Please meet our Spring 2016 Consultants. 

Dylan Altman

Dylan Altman is a Lecturer in the English Department at California State University, Northridge and Los Angeles Valley College. His specialties include: screenwriting, directing, education, E.L.L., literature, critical theory, business writing, movie history, creative writing, and more. He received his M.A. in English and his B.A. in English from C.S.U.N.

Monday:   none

Tuesday:   10:30 – 12:00;  2:30 – 4:00

Wednesday:  9:30 – 12:30; 2:00 – 5:00

Thursday:   4:00 – 6:30

Friday:  9:30 – 12:00; 1:00 – 3:00


Ken Cran

Kenneth Cran is adjunct English faculty at CSUN, Glendale College and Los Angeles City College. He received his B.S. degree in telecommunications from San Diego State University and his master's degree in English creative writing from CSUN. He is the senior writing consultant at CSUN's Writing Center and has been teaching UDWPE workshops for over ten years. Outside of academia, Ken is the co-owner of a boutique film studio in North Hollywood, and his films and screenplays have won international awards. He is also an avid backpacker and has hiked the Grand Canyon for the past 23 years. 

Monday:   12:30 – 2:30; 3:00 – 4:30

Tuesday:   2:00 – 4:00; 4:30 – 6:00

Wednesday:   12:30 – 2:30;  3:00 – 4:30

Thursday:   1:00 – 4:00; 4:30 – 6:00

Friday:  none


Anne Crawford

Anne Crawford holds an M.A. in Linguistics and a B.A. in History. She also has an Adult Ed teaching credential, and taught ESL for many years. She has extensive experience working with international student writing.

Monday:   2:30 – 4:30

Tuesday:   2:00 – 3:30; 4:00 – 6:00

Wednesday:  10:30 – 12:00; 2:30 – 3:30; 4:00 – 6:30

Thursday:   2:00 – 3:30; 4:00 – 6:00

Friday:  9:30 – 11:00; 12:00 – 3:00 

George Fekaris

George Fekaris is a Lecturer in the English Department at CSUN, and he is an assistant editor at Otis Books | Seismicity Editions.

Monday:   9:30 – 12:30; 1:30 – 2:30

Tuesday:   11:00 – 1:00

Wednesday:  9:30 – 11:00; 11:30 – 1:00

Thursday:   9:30 – 11:30; 12:00 – 1:00

Friday:  12:30 - 1:00


Rosie Gabrielyan

Rosie Gabrielyan is a lecturer in the English and Academic First Year Experience departments at CSUN. She has her master's degree in English and a secondary education teaching credential. She enjoys working with students on their personal statements, introductory linguistics courses, education courses, and resumes. She speaks, reads, and writes fluently in Armenian 

Monday:   11:30 – 2:00

Tuesday:   11:00 – 1:00; 3:30 – 4:30

Wednesday:  none

Thursday:   11:00 – 12:00; 3:30 – 4:30

Friday: none


Freddy Garcia

Freddy Garcia was born in East LA but grew up in mid-city. He is a poet and critical writer with experience in narratology, film theory, and screenwriting, and has a personal interest in Chicano Studies and History. Freddy has worked as an SI Leader in the English Department and a Teaching Assistant for the RISE program for the past four years, and has had experience teaching business writing to students in ENGL 205. He currently teaches Freshman Composition as a Teaching Associate for the English Department, and is the Assistant Editor of the literary magazine, Chaparral.

Monday:   12:00 - 1:00; 2:00 - 3:00

Tuesday:   12:30 - 2:00

Wednesday:   12:00 - 1:00; 1:30 - 4:00

Thursday: none

Friday: none


Kristin Kaz

Kristin Kaz is a Master’s candidate in CSUN’s English Department, specializing in Rhetoric and Composition. She holds undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Italian. With experience in IRB reviewed human subject research and professional writing assignments for a number of lifestyle blogs, Kristin is familiar with a variety of formatting styles (APA, MLA, and Chicago) and expository writing procedures. Because of her academic and professional development, Kristin is experienced in resume and cover letter development, writing for small businesses, publicity, and nonprofits, and digital correspondence. She is always happy to discuss brainstorming strategies and assignments in early stages of development, and is glad to provide guidance in regards to formatting and aesthetic choices.

Monday: none

Tuesday:   12:30 - 2:30: 3:00 - 4:30

Wednesday: none

Thursday:   12:30 - 2:30: 3:00 - 4:30

Friday: none

Naz Keynejad

Naz is currently pursuing a Masters degree in English Literature at CSUN, and is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship. She has worked as a Supplemental Instructor (for Freshman Composition courses) for the past two years and is an experienced developmental and copy editor, blogger, and social media manager. Prior to the start of her academic career, Naz was an award-winning meeting manager and event producer, working with corporate and non-profit clients on large-scale and multi-tiered events, conferences, and tradeshows. Having founded her own fundraising and event production company, Naz is fully versed in business writing, crafting resumes and cover letters, and creating effective presentations and marketing projects. She is also fluent in Persian (Farsi).

Monday:  9:30-12:30; 1:30-2:30

Tuesday:   9:30-12:30; 1:30-2:30

Wednesday: 9:30-12:30

Thursday:   none

Friday: none

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer E. Lee has experience teaching students of all ages (middle school, high school, college, and adult ESL). She holds a Secondary Education teaching credential and is a certified legal assistant. She is currently finishing her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition while teaching Freshman Composition as a Teaching Associate in the English Department. She enjoys working with students on their essays, personal statements, scholarship essays, grammar, secondary education courses, MLA formatting, etc. She speaks fluent Korean, loves to read young adult novels, and watches too much television.

Monday:   2:00 – 4:30

Tuesday:  none

Wednesday:  12:00 – 2:30 

Thursday:  none

Friday:  11:00 – 2:00

Lusine Makarosyan

Lusine Makarosyan is a published poet currently completing her M.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She teaches Freshman Composition in the English Department and is a coordinator for CSUN’s Graduate Reading Series. She speaks fluent Armenian. Lusine has experience in creative, critical, and business writing. For five years, Lusine managed accounts as a Marketing Administrator in the aerospace industry, before pursuing a career in academia. When not teaching or writing, Lusine loves losing herself in a good book, a strong cup of coffee, and the daily beautiful chaos created by her two children.

Monday:  none

Tuesday:   9:30-10:30; 12:30-2:30

Wednesday:  9:30-11:30

Thursday:  12:30-3:00

Friday:  none

Melisa Malvin

Melisa is an L.A. native who is a Teaching Associate at CSUN and an adjunct professor of English at College of the Canyons. She is also a playwright, poet, and singer-songwriter with a B.A. in English and a minor in Theatre. Currently, she is an M.A. candidate in English at CSUN with an emphasis on creative writing. Her specialties include working with students on creative writing (screenwriting and poetry), essay and critical thinking skills, business writing, personal statements, MLA formatting, and more.  Recently, selections of her plays were performed in L.A. and Santa Cruz, CA. Her creative nonfiction and academic writing were presented at numerous conferences. In her past life, Melisa wore numerous hats in entertainment industry jobs, working in development, casting, and publicity. She was also a traffic manager in a major corporate communications company. Currently, she moonlights as a screenplay consultant and proofreader.

Monday:   9:30 - 12:00

Tuesday:   4:00 - 6:30

Wednesday:   4:00 - 6:30

Thursday:   none

Friday:    none


Dr. Terrie Mathis

Dr. Terrie Mathis (English/Linguistics faculty member) works with graduate students as they develop their final projects, theses, or dissertations.  Dr. Mathis teaches many courses in Linguistics and has experience teaching academic writing for graduate students.

Monday:   none

Tuesday:   2:00-5:00

Wednesday:  none

Thursday:  3:00-6:00

Friday:  none

Trista Payte

Trista Payte received her MA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and her BA in Honors in English Literature, both from California State University, Northridge. She is currently a lecturer in the English, Liberal Studies, and Academic First Year Experiences. Trista has also been tutoring at various southern California colleges for the past decade and has expertise in Personal & Goal Statements, Scholarship Essays; CBEST and GRE preparation; Creative Writing; Gender and Women’s Studies; Cultural and Critical Theories; and of course, Literature. She  is pursuing a PhD program in Composition and TESOL beginning summer of 2016.. 

Monday:  12:30 - 1:30

Tuesday:   9:30 - 12:30

Wednesday: none

Thursday:   9:30 - 12:30

Friday: none


Manija Said


Graduate students can arrange 30-minute consultations with Manija Said, writing consultant for CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development, to discuss course papers and culminating projects. Prof. Said has experience teaching writing across the disciplines.  Having taught in the fields of geography at UCLA and English composition at CSUN, she brings a multidisciplinary focus to meet the diverse needs of students majoring in fields ranging from environmental and occupational health to family and consumer sciences.

Monday: 3:30 - 4:30

Tuesday: 2:30 - 5:30

Wednesday: 3:00 - 5:00

Thursday: 2:30 - 5:30

Friday: none