Steve Pijut

BA in Psychology and Biology, Saint Louis University
MA in English and American Literature, Washington University in St. Louis


Mr. Pijut began tutoring writers while still a graduate student. After earning his MA in English Literature from Washington University, he taught writing full time at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He returned to The Writing Center in 2007 and developed The Speaking Studio. Mr. Pijut is the primary contact for The Speaking Studio, but he continues to work with writers on a regular basis.


What brought you to The Writing Center?
I first began at The Writing Center as a tutor, and later returned to develop the services and support that we offer to public speakers in The Speaking Studio.

What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
In The Speaking Studio, I often work with speakers who clarify and develop their ideas in our speaking appointments. I really enjoy watching as their confidence in their ideas grows, which in turn helps them develop confidence in their rhetorical authority and speaking skills. But it’s hard to choose – I like almost everything about working with the university’s writers and speakers!

What do you find most challenging about writing?
Everything!

What advice do you have for writers?
Almost every writing task will take longer than you think. So start early to give yourself enough time for revision; that’s often when the really interesting – and creative – work gets done.