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

Please meet our Fall 2017 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.

M. 9:30-12:00 & 1:00-4:30


W. 9:30-1:30 & 2:30-5:00

Th. 11:00 -12:00

F. 9:30-11:30

Sophia Apodaca

Sophia Apodaca is a graduate student currently completing her M.A. in English Creative Writing while pursuing a Single Subject Credential in English and Mathematics. She works as a Supplemental Instructor for Freshman Writing and is the writing tutor for CSUN's BUILD PODER, as well as a Substitute Teacher in the Los Angeles area. She is familiar with Essay Writing, Critical Thinking, MLA, Technical Writing, Creative Writing, and is fluent in Spanish. 

M. 9:30-12:00 & 12:30-3:00


W. 9:30-11:30 &12:00-2:00

Th. 12:30-1:30


Jesse Clemens

Jesse Clemens is a Teaching Associate, currently completing his M.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He has worked as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader, is currently a coordinator for the Graduate Reading Series, and also has over 5 years of experience working in the educational nonprofit industry. His specialties include technical writing, personal statements, cover letters, argumentative essays, and poetry.  Jesse is also an L.A. native, a published poet, a guitarist, and an enthusiastic cook.

M. 10:30-12:30 & 1:00-2:00

T. 4:00-6:00

W. 5:00-8:00



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. 

 M. 1:00-4:30

T. 10:00-12:00 & 2:00-5:00

W. 10:00-12:30 & 1:00-3:00

Th. 10:00-12:00

F. 2:00-3:00  (alternate Fridays)

Anne Crawford

Anne Crawford is a lecturer in Linguistics and in Academic First Year Experiences, and has also taught ESL for many years. Holding an M.A. in Linguistics, an Adult Ed teaching credential, and a B.A. in History, she has extensive experience working with international student writing.

M. 11:30-1:30

T.  none

W. 4:00-7:00

Th.  none

F.  9:30-12:00

Dru Felix

Dru Felix received his Bachelor's degree as a double major in both English Literature and Creative Writing. Currently, he is pursuing a Master's degree in English Literature, while also working in the Writing Center and as a Graduate Assistant. In the past he has worked as a Supplemental Instructor for English Composition courses, as well as a tutor in the writing lab. His ultimate goal is to become an English professor. 


T. 3:00-4:30


Th. 3:30-6:30

F. 12:00-3:00

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.

M. 2:00-4:30

T. 9:30-1:00


Th. 9:30-11:30 & 12:00-2:30


Star Glover

Star is a lecturer in the English and Academic First Year Experience departments at CSUN and an adjunct instructor in the English department at Los Angeles Valley College. She usually teaches composition, business writing, and the freshman seminar. She earned both her master's and bachelor's degrees right here at CSUN! Before she graduated, she also worked as a teaching associate, supplemental instructor, tutor, and graduate assistant for Dean Say. She enjoys working with all students, from English Language Learners to graduate students. She is most experienced in MLA citation format, but she will be happy to help you with all of your citation needs. Whether you're trying to figure out how to start an assignment or hoping to get a second pair of eyes on your almost-finished final product, Star's got your back! 


T. 4:30-6:30

W. 3:00-6:30

Th. 4:00-6:00


Patrick Lewis


 A North Carolina native, Patrick Lewis earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington before migrating to Los Angeles.  En route to attaining his M.A. in English (Literature) at CSUN, Patrick has served as a Supplemental Instructor, Freshman Writing Lab tutor, Writing Center Consultant, and Teaching Associate for Freshman Composition.  According to him, “All writing is creative writing”; therefore, his aim is to bring out each writer’s individual “voice” regardless of the assigned medium/format.  He also just used a semicolon correctly in that last sentence and feels weird writing about himself in the third person.



W. 11:00-1:30 

Th. 4:30-6:30

F. 11:30-3:00

Lusine Makarosyan

Lusine Makarosyan is a published poet with an M.A. in English, emphasis Creative Writing. She has taught Freshman Composition in the English Department. 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.


T. 9:30 – 1:00


Th. 9:30-1:00


Melisa Malvin

Melisa is a lecturer at CSUN and an adjunct professor at College of the Canyons. She is also a published poet, playwright, and singer-songwriter with an M.A. in English (emphasis on creative writing) and a B.A. in English (minor in Theatre). 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 at a major corporate communications company. Currently, she moonlights as a screenplay consultant and proofreader.

M. 9:30- 11:30


W. 9:30 – 11:00


F. 9:30 – 12:00 & 1:00- 3:00

Mary Marca


Mary Marca has an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing.  She has taught writing at CSUN for the last twenty years.  As a consultant in the LRC, she has worked with students on papers ranging from first-year essays, to WPE test analysis, to graduate theses.


T. 10:00- 12:30 & 1:00 – 3:00


Th. 12:00 – 3:30


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.


T. 4:00-6:30


T. 4:00 – 6:00


Trista Payte -- Interim Coordinator

Trista Payte is the interim coordinator for the Writing Center this semester.  She 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 English, Liberal Studies, and Academic First Year Experiences. Trista has also been teaching and 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. 


Sean Pessin


Sean Pessin holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from California State University, Northridge as well as an M.F.A. in Writing from Otis College of Art and Design. He teaches a wide variety of classes, including courses on fairy tales, science fiction, intertextuality, popular culture, and comics. As a tutor he has worked with students who are learning English and students who are pursuing advanced degrees in English, ranging in age from middle schoolers to Master’s students. His specialties include: creative writing, essay writing, critical thinking, and research methods.

M. 9:30-12:00

T. 9:30-11:30

W. 9:30-12:00


F. 10:00-11:30

Judy Spilka


Judy Spilka holds a BA in Honors English at CSUN. She is currently a Graduate in the English Master’s program, and a member of the Teaching Associate program.  She brings her experience as a Supplemental Instructor in English Composition to the Writing Center, offering essay organization strategies and effective revision feedback.  In addition, Judy can help with citation formatting, personal statements and resumes.  Her favorite free time is spent listening to live jazz, going to the theatre and walking her dogs.


T. 1:00-4:00

W. 2:00-4:00

Th. 1:00-4:00


Modje Taavon

Modje Taavon is a first year graduate student studying English Literature at CSUN and is the graduate assistant at the LRC. She earned her BA in Anthropology from UCLA and her research interests include the history, languages, cultures, and literatures of the Near and Middle East, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and Art History. Her favorite punctuation mark might be the semi-colon, or maybe the em dash (it’s a close call), but the argumentative is definitely her favorite kind of essay.

M. 12:00 – 2:00

T. 11:30 – 2:30

W. 12:30 - 2:30 

Th. 9:30 - 10:00 & 12:30-3:00


Zuleima Ugalde

Zuleima Ugalde is a graduate student working towards an MA in English Literature. She is a Supplemental Instructor for Freshman Writing and is the writing tutor for CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development/CAMINO. She enjoys working with students on their essays, resumes, research assignments, and other class assignments. She is familiar with MLA, APA, and ASA format and is fluent in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys spending her day reading a book at her favorite local coffee shop.



W. 3:30-5:00 & 5:30-8:00

Th. 3:00-5:30

F. 12:00-2:00