New College of Florida Writing Resource Center

Phone: 941-487-4506

Jane Bancroft Cook Library, LBR 103
5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Florida 34243

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Writing Program

Jennifer Wells
Director of Writing

Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A., San Francisco State University
B.A., University of Denver

As the Director of Writing, Dr. Wells is developing NCF’s new Writing Program, which includes Writing Studies Courses, Writing Enhanced Courses, the Writing Resource Center, and the NCF Pilot Study of Writing.

Prior to coming to New College, Dr. Wells was the Director of Florida State University’s Reading Writing Centers and Digital Studio, a multi-site center that provides 9,000 hours of tutoring annually. While at FSU, Dr. Wells was also recognized for her teaching when she was awarded a 2013 University Undergraduate Teaching Award.

From 2005-2011, while completing her Ph.D., Dr. Wells was the Reading and Writing Specialist at Mercy High School Burlingame, where she created their Reading and Writing Center. Her co-edited book, “The Successful High School Writing Center: Building the Best Program with Your Students” was published by Teachers College Press in 2011. During that time, Dr. Wells also won the Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Writing Award for her 2008 article, “It Sounds Like Me: Using Creative Nonfiction to Teach College Admissions Essays.”

Dr. Wells’ primary research area is knowledge transfer, or how students can take what they learn in one context and apply it, successfully or unsuccessfully, in a new context. Her research has also focused on the role writing centers play in preparing students and peer tutors for college and for their later careers.

Alexandra Maass
Assistant Director of Writing

B.A, M.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale


In addition to co-leading the New College of Florida Writing Resource Center, Alexandra Maass teaches tutorials and courses in analytical academic writing and peer writing instruction. Through an interdisciplinary approach, she uses writing instruction to guide students to recognize writing both as a complicated, context-driven means of communication and as a means through which to adopt a critical perspective. Her courses often draw from perspectives found in writing studies, linguistics, and creative writing to explore how writing is always changing, developing, and challenging.

Recent Courses

Writing Studies: Advanced Research Writing
Writing Studies: A Linguistic Approach to Writing
Writing Studies: Pedagogy in Practice
Writing Studies: Writing about Writing
Transitions to College Writing

Avni Vyas
Instructor of Writing

Ph.D., Florida State University
M.F.A., Florida State University
M.Ed.,  ​University of Florida
B.A., University of Florida ​
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Academic/Research Interests
My research interests include contemporary poetics, Hindu mythology, and their intersections within popular culture.

Recent Courses

Writing About Writing
Writing About Writing for the Natural Sciences
Scientific Writing
Exploring the Essay

Selected Publications

* Candy in our Brain (CutBank, 2014), a poetry chapbook co-authored with Anne Barngrover.

Selected poems have appeared in GRISTMeridianThe Pinch, Better: Culture & LitRiver StyxCrab Orchard, among others.