Contact the Writing & Learning Centre

416-977-6000, Ext. 229

Susan Ferguson

416-977-6000, Ext. 375

I am responsible for initiatives that support student academic success at OCAD University by advancing best practices in writing pedagogy and student learning. I oversee the development of Writing & Learning Centre programs, ensuring that they are responsive to changing curriculum and the evolving needs and interests of our diverse student body. I also lead our university-wide Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative, working with the faculties to integrate support for student writing and English language learning. I have a master’s degree in the sociology of education from OISE/University of Toronto and an academic background in social research, feminist theory and disability studies. I maintain an active academic writing practice, most recently completing a chapter on embodiment, writing and decolonizing pedagogy.

Stephanie Dayes

416-977-6000, Ext. 239

I joined OCAD University in 2013 as an Educational Developer, and recently started my new role in the Writing & Learning Centre. I coordinate the development and delivery of our academic support programs and services for students. I oversee the day-to-day operations of programs such as tutoring, writing workshops, graduate student services, and English Language Learning programs, to support student success and retention. My previous work experience straddles instructional design, faculty support, and teaching in both online and hybrid education and writing-intensive courses. I have an MEd degree in Adult, Community & Higher Education, and am a lifelong learner in many things art- or literature-related, especially textiles and fibre art, creative writing, and CanLit. 

Natasha Holmes

416-977-6000, ext. 2786

As the program coordinator for the Writing & Learning Centre and the Faculty Curriculum Development Centre, I provide administrative support as well as program coordination for both departments. Working closely with our student staff, I help make sure that our centres are welcoming and helpful. I have worked at OCAD University for over 5 years, starting out in the Office of the Registrar as Assistant (Information & Records), and have a BA in business management.

Emilie Brancato

416-977-6000, Ext. 3248

I am responsible for developing and delivering a variety of resources and programs for students whose first language isn’t English. I work individually with students and deliver workshops in classrooms. As part of my role in the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative, I act as a resource for the OCAD University community and collaborate with faculty to support the discipline-specific writing and language-skills development of English language learners. I am also a performing artist (violin/viola) and a Lindy Hopper. I have achieved doctoral candidacy in mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto and have a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Rebecca Diederichs

416-977-6000, Ext. 3354

As a tutor and writing consultant, I provide a range of writing support to students at all levels of undergraduate and graduate studies including tutoring for many different kinds of writing projects such as research and analysis papers, artist statements and proposals. I help students with brainstorming, assignment comprehension, mapping ideas and research, reviewing essay structure and organization, presentation and critique preparation, direction to resources and citation and documentation practices. I’ve been involved with Toronto’s art community for many years as an artist, writer, curator, administrator and have both my AOCA and BFA from OCAD University. In 2010 I received a Masters of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. 

Jessica Wyman

416-977-6000. Ext. 229

Since January 2015, I have worked as Graduate Writing & Learning Consultant with the WLC, working exclusively with current Masters students to support them in the progress of the studies at OCAD U. Most of my work with students is one-on-one, addressing whatever it is students are working on and thinking about at that moment in time (from writing assignments and presentations to grant and further graduate school applications to thesis statements and research questions, etc.), and I also run the annual MRP and Thesis Writing Intensive, a writing "bootcamp" for students in the latter stages of their Masters programs at OCAD U. Alongside my work with the WLC, I am faculty in Art, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Graduate Studies, teaching experiential learning, contemporary art history theory, and performance studies.







Neela Imani

Program: Drawing & Painting
Interests: Poetry, South Asian languages, painting flowers, diamonds, confectionery, satire

Xulin Wang

Program: Illustration
Interests: Reading, Netflix, taking long walks