Writing, Presentation, & Academic Skills Support

Help with writing and presentations is available through these resources:

The Brown School Communication Lab

Peter Coogan, PhD

Peter Coogan, PhD

Communication Lab Coordinator, Writing Tutor – AP

Office: Brown Hall 305A

Click HERE to make an appointment

Peter Coogan, PhD has served as the Communication Lab Coordinator at the Brown School since Fall 2012. He earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University and a master’s in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University, both focusing on comics and superheroes. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for over 30 years, and has worked in academic resource centers for over 20 years. Peter’s approach to writing support is a holistic, asset-based, capacity-building, and strengths-focused perspective. Peter starts with the assignment and creates (or provides) a structural outline that describes what the assignment is asking for and provides detailed, structured guidance. For this semester, all appointments will be online. Click here to make an appointment, which takes you to the log-in page for the Brown School Communication Lab portal on WCOnline. Click on a white space, fill out the appointment form, and remember to attach your assignment and/or paper. Log back in 5 to 10 minutes before the appointment and we will meet via the WCOnline system. Asynchronous appointments are available, but synchronous appointments are preferred. For questions, contact Peter at pcoogan@wustl.edu.

The Washington University Writing Center

Jo Milner Ell, MSW

The Writing Center’s Brown School Specialist

Click HERE to make an appointment

Jo Milner Ell (joannaell@wustl.edu) will be serving as The Writing Center’s Brown School Specialist; however, Brown students are welcome to make appointments with any Writing Center Senior Tutor using their main schedule as well. Jo is a 2019 MSW graduate of the Brown School and has professional experience in the nonprofit sector, research, grant writing, and classroom instruction. Jo and her colleagues in The Writing Center offer free writing and public speaking support on any kind of writing project, including essays, writing assignments, application materials, grants, theses, and dissertations. They can help at any stage of the process, including brainstorming, developing and clarifying an argument, organizing evidence, or improving style. During online appointments, Jo collaborates with students on idea and thesis development, organization, sentence-level issues, and more. Note that this is not an editing service, but a way to receive one-on-one, personalized feedback on your writing and presentations in real time. To schedule an appointment, please visit https://writingcenter.wustl.edu/ and follow the links to the scheduling system. There, you’ll see an option for the Brown School-dedicated schedule where you can make an appointment with Jo and the main schedule where you can make appointments with any senior tutor or graduate fellow.