The Center for Writing Across the Curriculum offers a workshop course for students looking to improve their writing in any discipline at Saint Mary's. For graduate students, the course is Education 502 or 504. For undergraduates, the course is Communication 190: Writing Circles. After registering on GaelXPress, please fill out this FORM. 



These Writing Circles meet once a week for 65 minutes and usually include three to four students. Writing Facilitators guide students through several steps in the writing process, through collaborative discussion and workshopping:


  • Theses and Dissertations

  • Writing Goals and Free-Writing

  • Brainstorming Strategies

  • Time Management

  • Strategies for Peer Review

  • Reading Critically

  • Posing Questions to the Text

  • Creating a Writing Schedule and Finals Syllabus

  • Thesis Statements

  • Paragraph Building

  • Introduction and/or Conclusion Paragraphs

  • Revision Strategies--Reading out loud, Post-Outlining, Highlighting

  • Outlining

  • Balancing Summary, Analysis, and Quotes

  • Incorporating Sources and Citation Style Tips

  • Transferring Writing Skills to Other Disciplines

  • Collaborative Shared Inquiry

  • Personalized Writing and Reflective Concepts



Jeff Chon, instructor, Saint Mary's MFA grad 

Daniel Horan, instructor, Saint Mary's MFA grad  

Jill Kolongowski, instructor, Saint Mary's MFA grad  

Chase Manning, instructor, Saint Mary's MFA grad  

Krista Varela, instructor, Saint Mary's MFA grad  

Brittany Wason, instructor, Saint Mary's MFA grad  

Joe Zeccardi, Ph.D., adjunct professor, writing specialist for CWAC and Seminar

Meg Birgen, Writing Adviser, junior, Integral

Jaq Davis, Lead Adviser, senior, English/Psychology

Holland Enke, Writing Adviser, senior, English/Art History

Amanda Muna, Writing Adviser, junior, Integral

Caitlin Wire, Lead Adviser, senior, Politics/Italian


During 2013-14:

Jeff Chon, instructor, Saint Mary's MFA grad 

Daniel Horan, instructor, Saint Mary's MFA grad  

Krista Varela, 2nd year MFA

Brittany Wason, 2nd year MFA

Audrey Agot, Writing Adviser, junior, English

Holland Enke, Writing Adviser, junior, English/Art History

Somel Jammu, Lead Adviser, senior, Integral

Tori Stringer, Writing Adviser, junior, English

During 2012-13:

Barry Horwitz, Saint Mary's English professor

Jeff Chon, 2nd year MFA

Anna Gates Ha, 2nd year MFA

Daniel Horan, 2nd year MFA



1) Undergraduate students should log onto GaelXpress and register for Communication 190. Graduate students should register for Education 502 or 504. 

2) Visit the Center in Dante 202 to select a weekly Circle hour, or fill out this form.

Snapshots of Circle conversations:

Holland's Writing Circle

Somel's Writing Circle













Brittany's Writing Circle






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