• 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!

    Hannah Dreyfus  

    Hannah Dreyfus, Stern ’14, has finally come to accept that she doesn't actually like coffee, but continues to pretend because of the beverage's elevated social status. Regarding her passion for the written word: a Journalism major, she currently works as an Assistant Editor at Parade Magazine, serves as the Editor in Chief of the YU Observer, blogs for Times of Israel, and previously wrote for The Jewish Week. Hannah sincerely loves writing and the writing-process, and hopes to communicate some of that optimism and enthusiasm to other students through her work at the Writing Center. Write on!   

    Shalva Ginsparg

    A native of sunny Florida, Shalva is majoring in English and Judaic Studies. She interned at Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency this summer and is editor of the news section of the Observer this year. 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. As a lover of all things literary, Shalva can’t wait to explore the writing process with the incredibly talented women of Stern College.    

    Shani Hirsch

    Shani is a junior at Stern College majoring in Biology. Her love of health sciences and medicine, though, are not incongruous with her excitement for writing and throwing sophisticated diction into colloquial conversation. Originally from Philadelphia, she is enjoying her experience in Stern and NYC. She likes running, consuming (a lot!) of coffee, and spending time with friends and family. Shani is thrilled to be a part of the Beren Writing Center staff and is looking forward to helping you tackle the writing process! 

    Chaya Kanarfogel

    Chaya is a Speech Pathology and Judaic Studies double major and loves to contribute whatever she can to the Stern College community. As a 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 students in the Writing Center. Although she does come from Teaneck, Chaya spends ample time in Stern during the week, weekends, and even Reading Week! She is passionate about writing and cannot wait to help others find their own passion in the writing process! 

    Adina Kay-Gross

    Adina earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University where she was awarded a departmental research fellowship. Her writing has been published in a variety of magazines and literary journals and she is currently working on a memoir about her experiences growing up between New York and Jerusalem. Adina has taught creative writing and composition at Columbia University and Hofstra University, and she currently teaches composition at Stern College for Women and Yeshiva College. Adina is thrilled to have joined the writing center staff and looks forward to working with student writers!  

    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. When Elana takes a break from her academic life, she can usually be found blocking shots on goal and pretending to be tough as the goalie for Stern's soccer team. On an average day, Elana is usually milling around the Stern caf with an iced coffee, busy writing for the Observer, and helping out with the Israel club. She is thrilled to be a part of the Beren Writing Center staff, 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!  

    Emily Long Olsen

    Emily is the BWC's English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor.  Emily worked with ESL students abroad in Japan and South Korea as well as here in New York City.  Emily is currently in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center, focusing mainly on Phonology. She also teaches Linguistics at Queens College and works for the Endangered Language Alliance, an organization here in New York City that works to document, revitalize and empower threatened languages.  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 her time working with the interesting and intelligent international women here at Stern.  

    Makena Owens

    Makena is a sophomore at Stern College majoring in Media Studies with minors in Business and Graphic Design. She came to Stern right after high school all the way from Seattle, Washington.  Makena spent her first year away from home correcting those naïve enough to believe that Seattle Grey’s is actually a real hospital, and also suffering through Principles of Accounting.  She has now moved on to bigger and better things.  When Makena isn’t lifting weights and practicing her spike to prepare for the volleyball season, she is writing for The Observer and other YU publications. Makena is excited to work in the Writing Center because she enjoys any opportunity to exchange and discuss ideas with her peers. 

    Daniella Penn 

    Daniella is a Junior 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) 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. Godspeed.

    Elana Raskas     

    Elana is from New Rochelle, NY and attended SAR High School and Migdal Oz for a year in Israel. Currently beginning her Super Senior year at Stern, she is majoring in English Literature and Judaic Studies, as well as studying in GPATS. Elana is excited to be a part of the Writing Center staff before graduating! 

    Rachel Renz

    Rachel is a senior at Stern College where she is double-majoring in Judaic Studies and English Literature. She particularly loves to write and speak about the ways in which these two fields intertwine. A lover of Christmas carols and all things Oscar Wilde, Rachel does possess some more mainstream interests as well, such as a love for good books and a desire to travel. Apart from academics, Rachel has recently participated in an interfaith dialogue program in the UK, and is an editor for the Observer, as well as a Strauss Fellow. 

    Yael Roberts  

    Yael is a senior at Stern, studying English Literature and Studio Art. She is a contributing editor at SMITH Magazine, which does not mean she has watched "Orange is the New Black," or much other TV for that matter. She would rather spend her time drinking as many different types of coffee as she can, gallery hopping in Brooklyn, running along the East River, buying more books than she can read, dabbling in poetry, and attending at least two concerts a semester that make her remember what it means to hear. And you might also find her on the soccer field. She spent the past summer studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and hopes to share her passion for spirituality and expression with her first grade students at Sutton Place Synagogue this year. She also hopes to bring this energy to the writing center by doing one of her favorite things: talking with people about their writing, because she believes that a lot of the important writing happens off the page.  

    Hannah Rozenblat

    A native New Yorker and dedicated writer, Hannah is in her third year at Stern, majoring in English with minors in Art History and Speech & Drama.  Her love for writing and interest in engaging in dialogue with other students about all kinds of academic fields brought her to the Writing Center.  Aside from this, her interests include theater, literature, history, art, traveling, and much more.  In her ‘spare’ time, she is also involved in the Stern College Dramatic Society (SCDS) and is the Arts & Culture editor for the Beacon.     

    Chaya Spigelman

    Chaya is a super-senior majoring in Biology with a double minor in Art History and Theater.  She does like New York City. However, having grown up in Connecticut she prefers not-so-deliberately grown trees to those strategically placed along sidewalks.  She loves engaging in the discovery process of writing, and she is anticipating getting ideas flowing with students in the Writing Center. 

    Maddie Tavin

    Maddie is a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Biology. She is a strong advocate for social justice and challenges herself to branch out and understand the world from the viewpoint of others. When she’s not studying Organic Chemistry, Maddie enjoys reading her hometown newspaper (The Memphis Commercial Appeal), discussing neoclassical art, and watching semiprofessional women’s ice hockey. She is looking forward to bringing her diverse skills, humor, and love of writing to the Beren Writing Center.


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