Our Instructors

Lazarus James

Lazarus James received a BA in philosophy and English literature from McGill University and an MA in philosophy from U of T. He has previously worked as a teaching assistant in philosophy at U of T and also has experience working in book publishing, most recently as an editorial assistant at University of Toronto Press. Lazarus currently also works as a writing instructor at the University College Writing Centre.


Cellan Jay

Cellan Jay received an BA (Hons.) in English literature from York University and a master’s degree in second language education from OISE, U of T. She has taught writing and grammar courses to international graduate students and newcomer professionals at U of T’s School of Graduate Studies and School of Continuing Studies. Cellan also works as a freelance writer and editor. Her credits include website content, educational and settlement materials, and funding proposals. Cellan has been the recipient of numerous arts grants for her poetry, which has been published widely in Canadian journals including Grain, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, and Prism International.


Mandy Pipher

Mandy holds a master’s in English language from the University of Oxford (2015) and a BA in English, anthropology, and political science from U of T (2007). She has worked as an editor, writer, and tutor for the past twelve years, and before joining the team at Innis, she was a writing instructor at the U of T’s Graduate Centre for Academic Communication. Her OpEds appear regularly in the Toronto Star, and her research and writing on intersections of language, society, and healthcare has been published, with co-authors, in the peer-reviewed journals Medical Education and Advances in Health Science Research. She loves working with words and looks forward to helping you feel more confident about your writing.


Vikki Visvis

Vikki Visvis received her PhD in English from U of T in 2004. She has taught at the Innis College Writing Centre since 2007. Currently, Vikki is also a lecturer at U of T. She has taught courses in the Department of English since 2004, and in the Innis Writing and Rhetoric Program since 2009. She also has experience as an ESL tutor, and has worked at other writing centres on campus. She has published in her research areas on Canadian and American literature. In 2012/13, Vikki was the recipient of ASSU’s Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award.


Rebecca Vogan

Rebecca Vogan received a BA in English literature from the University of Western Ontario, where she earned the Helen B. Allison Gold Medal, and an MA from Queen’s University, where she held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Special Scholarship. She has worked as an editor for over twenty years and in 1994 began teaching editing courses at George Brown College. She currently teaches copy editing in Ryerson University’s publishing program and enjoys helping both students and professional writers to improve their language skills. She has specialized in editing fiction, literary nonfiction, language arts textbooks, and ESL resources, but has worked on manuscripts in many other subject areas as well. Becky has been working at the Innis College Writing Centre since 2002.