Writing The Essay Nyu Help Desk

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.

EWP 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 RISE (Residential International Student Engagement) on workshops for international students, and offer a series of one-on-one writing conferences in the halls.

For further information about the Writing Affiliates Program, please contact us at writing.affiliates@nyu.edu. For a complete list of our upcoming events, please go to our website.


Our Writing Affiliates

Beth Kurkjian
Third North

Beth graduated from Skidmore College and NYU. Choreographed: Women of Trachis, Caucasian Chalk Circle, and A Small Hole; Barnard/Columbia students in The Winter’s Tale and What of the Night? Created and directed 18 to 21 at Skidmore. Solo work: Age Less and Sylvie or Marie.


Nicole Callihan
Othmer & Clark

Nicole Callihan’s work has appeared in, among others, The American Poetry Review, PEN-America, Forklift, Ohio, Painted Bride Quarterly and as a Poem-a-Day selection from the Academy of American Poets. Her books include SuperLoop, a collection of poems published by Sock Monkey Press in early 2014, and the chapboooks: A Study in Spring (2015), The Deeply Flawed Human (2016), and Downtown (2017). Her next book, a dual-language, cross-cultural collaboration with an Arabic poet will be released in Spring 2018. Find out more at www.nicolecallihan.com.


Michael Tyrell

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 Sherwood

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.

Gerard O'Donoghue

Ger is a Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program and a Faculty Affiliate at Goddard Residential College. He consults in the Writing Center, teaches Writing the Essay, leads Freshman Seminars, and participates in the Writing in the Disciplines program. His research interests lie in Jewish American literature and Irish literary modernism. He has published in Philip Roth Studies, Notes and Queries, and the Dublin James Joyce Journal.


Dave Cregar

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.


Mark Braley

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.


Lorelei Ormrod

Lorelei Ormrod is a Senior Lecturer in EWP, passionate about exploring the world and words. A bibliophile with an incurable case of wanderlust, she taught 20th century English Literature and helped build the college community at Oxford University before coming to NYU in 2007. She loves to teach, and is intent on helping turn that daunting blank page into a space of happy exploration for the citizens of UHall.

The Expository Writing Program publishes two collections of outstanding student work annually, Mercer Street and West Fourth.

West Fourth is a collection of the best work done in the College Writing Workshops offered by EWP in conjunction with NYU's Pre-College Program.

Mercer Street is a collection of the best work done in EWP courses the previous year. It is on sale in the NYU Bookstore each fall, and posted here online one year later. (Each issue remains available for five years; if you are interested in back copies, please contact us.)

Each semester, EWP invites students to submit essays for possible inclusion in Mercer Street. Students enrolled in any Expository Writing course are limited to one (1) essay submission for that course. Students enrolled in an Expository Writing course, and who then enroll in a subsequent or Advanced Expository Writing course, may submit a maximum of one (1) essay for each course. Students may not submit more than one essay per course to Mercer Street.

To submit your essay, please fill out the submission form (linked below) and then upload your essay following the guidelines from the submission form. If you have questions or need assistance regarding the submission process, please contact Richard Larson at rlarson@nyu.edu.

Please read and follow all instructions on the form, or your submission will be disqualified.

Mercer Street Submission Form

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