• Beren Writing Center

  • Tutors

    When tutors are hired in the Writing Center, they begin a training process that involves familiarizing themselves with the Writing Center Handbook. New tutors then observe tutoring sessions between clients and senior tutors, reflecting on their experiences with fellow staff members. The Beren Writing Center conducts monthly staff development meetings to continually foster dialogue amongst tutors to share their successes and struggles in an ongoing process of learning. If you are interested in applying to be a tutor at the Beren Writing Center, please review our "Tutor Application Procedures" and submit your materials to Associate Director Andrea Rosso Efthymiou

    Writing Center tutors are available to help you generate writing ideas, refine your rough drafts, or simply have a conversation about writing. Writing Center tutors not only support fellow student writers, but they are also prolific writers themselves.To learn more about individual Beren Writing Center tutors, take a look at our tutor bios below!


    Aviva Cantor

    Aviva Cantor is a sophomore at Stern majoring in psychology and trying to complete pre-med requirements. At least that’s the plan for today, since she would like to pursue a career in Psychiatry. Although originally from Queens, Aviva was raised in the relatively-unknown Hillside, NJ, which is actually only a 27-minute train ride from Manhattan. She enjoys watching movies and spending time with her formally-stray-made-semi-house-cat Milky. Aviva is excited to be joining the Beren Writing Center and is looking forward to helping you improve your writing skills!   

    Shalva Ginsparg

    A native of sunny Florida, Shalva Ginsparg is majoring in English and Judaic Studies. As part of a political journalism internship in Washington D.C. this past summer, she covered political news stories for RedAlertPolitics and relished her commute on the Metro, the subway's straight-laced, clean-shaven older brother. When not buried under a mountain of books in her favorite corner of the library, Shalva bakes pies, reads the Wall Street Journal, and Skypes her siblings. She also serves as the news editor of the Observer. As a lover of all things literary, Shalva can’t wait to explore the writing process with the awesomely talented women of Stern College. This is her second year as a tutor in the Beren Writing Center.

    Ilana Greenberg

    After surviving English Composition and Rhetoric last semester, Ilana is officially ready to take on tutoring at the Beren Writing Center. She was born and bred in Seattle, Washington, a place unknown to the many who ask, "how close do you live to the White House?" Ilana loves hiking, biking, cooking and, of course, writing. Ilana looks forward to working with the students at Stern and she is very excited for this opportunity!

    Elana Kaminetsky

    Elana Kaminetsky is from Boca Raton, Florida. She is in her Junior year and while she is majoring in Math, she is interested in almost every other major at Stern. In fact, she has a draw in her desk of all the major and minor fact sheets just in case. She particularly has an interest in neuroscience and she is considering a minor in psychology. In her spare time, she loves to run, play basketball, and chill. Elana has always enjoyed writing and she is very much looking forward to working in the writing center.

    Elana Kook

    Hailing all the way from Teaneck, NJ, Elana is majoring in English Literature and minoring in History at Stern. In accordance with her passion towards the liberal arts, Elana sincerely loves to read everything from British literature to People Magazine. Elana is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Yeshiva University's Observer student newspaper and an editorial intern for The Jewish Week. She is thrilled to be a part of the Beren Writing Center staff for another year, and hopes to help you succeed and sharpen your writing skills. Elana is looking forward to utilizing her love of writing to help you master the writing process!

    Ahava Muskat

    Ahava Muskat is a junior at Stern College. She is majoring in Biology (the molecular and cellular concentration). She attended Stella K. Abraham H.S for Girls and Shaalvim for Women. She loves traveling,  baking and taking long walks on the beach. While Ahava loves biology and wants to pursue a career in medicine, she has always loved writing and is looking  forward to exploring the writing process with Stern students.

    Renana Nerwen

    Renana is a psychology major and a wanna-be English major (but sadly, only an English minor). Though she grew up in Riverdale, NY, Renana considers herself a true out-of-towner and is in Stern on almost any given shabbat. When not studying, you can find Renana doing psychology related volunteer work at nearby hospitals or hanging out at Coffee Bean with a good book. Renana would rather write a paper any day over taking a test and is looking forward to helping fellow students love the writing process just as much! Renana is very excited to be part of the Writing Center this year!

    Emily Long Olsen

    Emily Long Olsen is the BWC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor. She is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center, and received her BA in English Writing and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.  Emily also works in the Writing Center at Baruch College ESL Writing Consultant and teaches Linguistics classes at Queens College.  As an English language instructor, Emily has worked with students of many different language backgrounds and all age groups, both domestically and abroad.  In linguistics, her research focuses on sound patterns, particularly those in the Austro-Asiatic language family of Southeast Asia.  Emily loves to travel, but when home in New York, spends free time cooking, doing yoga, seeking out new ethnic food restaurants, drinking coffee, and watching embarrassing TV.  She considers herself lucky to spend time working with the interesting and intelligent international women here at Stern.

    Makena Owens

    Makena Owens is a Media Studies major with minors in Business and Graphic Design. She comes from the Pacific Northwest where she is surrounded by clean water, fresh air, and people who genuinely ask her how her day is going.  After working at the Writing Center for one semester, Makena realized that her motto is this: you must always be willing to change.  She believes writing is a journey in which students are most successful when they can abandon their original ideas in order to pursue another idea that is even better.  She is looking forward to hearing the great thoughts that her peers will bring to the Writing Center this year.

    Daniella Penn

    Daniella Penn is a Senior majoring in English and Judaic Studies. Along with the pool, parks, and her yoga mat, the Writing Center is one of her favorite places to be, and there are few topics she would rather discuss with you than your writing (those topics do exist, however). When not considering literary claims, Daniella enjoys playing tennis, drama (the acting kind), and running through the streets of New York City.

    Sarala Pool

    Sara(la) Pool has embarked on a quest to conquer the realm they call college. She has stepped down from her door into the road that goes ever on and on, and it has swept her away through the Mountains of Studio Art. She bravely faces the trials and tribulations of studying and academic writing with chocolate and carefully planned scheduling at her defense. She hopes that she can assist other travelers as they rest their weary feet at the Writing Center Haven.


    Chaya Rayman

    Chaya Rayman is a Speech Pathology and Judaic Studies double major and loves to contribute whatever she can to the Stern College community. As a former member of the Torah Activites Council, she has seen what an amazing student body the Beren campus has to offer and can't wait to meet more students in the Writing Center. She is passionate about writing and cannot wait to help others find their own passion in the writing process!

    Miriam Renz

    Miriam Renz is a (true) sophomore pursuing a major in English Literature and a minor in American Studies. In her spare time, she watches Academy Awards acceptance speeches, cooks vegan treats, and reads the works of her favorite playwrights, Lawrence and Lee. As an avid reader of the Transcendentalist literature, Miriam tries to live in the moment all the while keeping her head in the clouds and her feet on the ground. As a student who has many atime utilized the skills of writing center tutors, Miriam is now returning to this oasis of thinking to give back to other students and engage in the art of writing!

    Sara Rozner

    Sara is a Junior at Stern with too many academic ambitions for her college career. Fueled by an abundance of coffee and strange sugar-free crackers made out of seeds, she attempts to recast herself as a person who makes deadlines, and tries to figure out how to triple major in Psychology, English and Gemara (major declaration being a deadline she should really check). In terms of her writing interests, Sara served as the editor for a number of High School publications, none of which matter anymore in the murky world of college, and sincerely hopes to join the rest of the Writing Center staff in becoming more involved in the Observer this year. Sara loves to meet new people and discuss ideas of all kinds with her fellow students, so she is super excited to have scheduled time to do that every week in the writing center!

    Racheli Schuraytz

    A native of Valley Village (the valley outside of Los Angeles), Racheli is thoroughly enjoying her second year at Stern… even though she still adjusting to the concept of real seasons.  She enjoys learning just about anything new, as long as it does not require working out advanced math or computer science problems.  Racheli loves most things cultural of the 19th century, ranging from newspapers and opera to museums and historical fiction novels.  When not worried about choosing a future between non-profit programming, medicine, or education, Racheli can be found at any number (and sometimes all) of the wonderful activities on campus.  Her most frequent stops are Bavli Ba’Erev, the Stern College Dramatic Society, and Shabb@Stern.  Racheli is truly looking forward to spending time exchanging ideas with fellow Stern students at the Beren Writing Center, and she hopes one of them will be you!

    Talia Shalev

    Talia Shalev has taught writing at the University of Washington, Brooklyn College, and Stern College for Women, as well as in various summer programs. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington and is currently an Enhanced Chancellor's Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she is pursuing a PhD in English. Talia is also assistant poetry editor for the Los Angeles Review and a co-editor of the recently released "What We Are Part Of: Teaching at CUNY: 1968 - 1974," a selection of the poet Adrienne Rich's syllabi, teaching notes, and course exercises (Lost & Found Series IV, CUNY Center for the Humanities). If you notice Talia uses a lot of cooking metaphors in discussing writing, that's because she is an avid maker of soups. She is excited to be joining the writing center staff and looks forward to hearing more from students about their work at Stern.

    Cayley Stark

    Hailing from Atlanta, Cayley is a junior majoring in English Literature and minoring in Biology. When she isn’t in the Writing Center, you can find her baking challah with Challah for Hunger, running along the East River, or at Starbucks with a grande iced caramel latte. Cayley loves Stern and likes to get involved in any way possible. She is so excited to help the women of Stern College find their voices as writers!

    Maddie Zimilover

    Maddie (Tavin) Zimilover is a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Biology. When she’s not studying Biochemistry, she enjoys reading her hometown newspaper (The Memphis Commercial Appeal), discussing neoclassical art, and watching semiprofessional women’s ice hockey. Maddie is looking forward to bringing her diverse skills, humor, and love of writing to the Beren Writing Center.

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