Writing Center FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

We’re located on the fourth floor of Holmes Hall, room 412. Holmes Hall is attached to Lake, Nightingale, and Meserve Halls. The closest entrance is off of Leon Street. We also offer same-day consulting at 136 Snell Library (the room behind Argo Tea).

Who can use the Writing Center?

We’re open to anyone from the Northeastern University community! We work with faculty members, staff, undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines. We work with multilingual writers and native speakers of English. We offer classroom visits and arrange staff development workshops.

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by registering an account with our scheduling service (WCOnline). Log onto the current schedule and choose an appointment slot that is most convenient for you.

What is your cancellation policy? 

You may cancel your appointment (online, face-to-face) up to two hours before your scheduled appointment slot. For example, if you have a 10 am appointment, you must cancel before 8 am.

For e-Tutoring appointments, we ask that you cancel at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment slot.

How do I get into contact with the Writing Center?

Visit our website or call 617-373-4549 (Holmes).

When are you open?

Our hours vary from semester to semester, but we are usually open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm. Visit our website <http://www.northeastern.edu/writing/writing-center/> for details. We are also open during summer I and II on a more limited basis.

What services do you offer?

We offer in person consulting at the Writing Center, online consulting, and e-Tutoring consulting.

What should I do if I need help fast?

Try our 136 Snell Library location for a same-day appointment.

Our online consulting option allows students to make appointments for virtual, synchronous consulting.

You can also drop in at our Holmes Hall location. However, priority goes to student with previously booked appointments.

How many appointments can I have?

Due to high student demand, we limit each student to two appointments per week. Students may have one appointment (at either Holmes or Snell) per day. Plan ahead!

Who works at the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is staffed by Northeastern University writing instructors, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Our graduate consultants are studying composition theory, literature, technical/professional writing, history, and public policy. Our undergraduate consultants are from various majors, such as English, psychology, film studies, chemical engineering, and behavioral neuroscience.

What do you do at the Writing Center?

Simply put, we teach writing. What that looks like will vary from session to session. Students attend the writing center at all stages in the writing process from brainstorming and outlining to draft revision and final submission. Sometimes students come to a session without an assignment simply to work on their sentence structure and usage. Overall, we offer free professional support for all of your writing endeavors.

What should I bring to my Writing Center session?

If you are working on a paper for a course, bring in the assignment sheet (prompt) as well as any texts you are working with for the project. You should also bring in a rough draft, an outline, some notes, or simply some ideas about the paper you are writing. Laptops, iPads, and other electronics are also welcome.

Will you work with resumes, cover letters, and application essays?

Yes, we will. Each consultant has had extensive experience with these sorts of tasks. The Writing Center can’t promise you that you’ll get the job, but we can help you build a  résumé that will strongly convey your best qualities and qualifications.

Will you proofread my paper at the Writing Center?

Unfortunately, we won’t. Our tutors work with you to improve your editing and proofreading skills, as well as your grasp of the fundamentals of the English language. This process can be time-consuming, so be sure to make appointments well in advance of due dates.

What if my teacher wants my consultant to sign a form stating that I went to the Writing Center?

We do not provide an official appointment form. Our philosophy is that a consultation is a private matter between the consultant and student. However, if you would like to show your instructor that you used our services, grab a bookmark, flyer, or brochure at the end of your session.

Do you have handouts that I can use for help?

In keeping with the Northeastern’s initiative to “go green” we have digitized many of our resources. Our resources page offers grammar and citation resources.