The Writing Center
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Advanced appointments: 412 Holmes Hall
Same-day appointments: 136 Snell Library
The Northeastern University Writing Center is open to any member of the NU community and exists to help any level writer, from any academic discipline, become a better writer.
At the Writing Center, our consultants can help with any aspect of your writing, including:
To learn more about the Writing Center, use the navigation links to the left. You may also call us at 617-373-4549.
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The Writing Center at 412 Holmes
Need to reach us? Call (617) 373-4549
The Writing Center at 136 Snell Library
Need to reach us? Call (617) 373-2086
Closed for the Summer. See you in September!
Make An Appointment
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4 Types of Appointments
Face-to-face appointments at 412 Holmes Hall
Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm. Book your appointment here.
Online and e-Tutoring appointments
Book your virtual appointment here!
Same-day appointments at 136 Snell Library (Closed for the Summer)
Monday – Friday from 10am – 3pm. Visit our room behind the Argo Tea in Snell Library to sign up for an appointment slot. You can work with a consultant for up to 45 minutes! This type of consulting allows for more student flexibility. Please note that same-day appointments are not meant to be a proofreading service.
Writing Center Policies for Students
1. You may sign up for two appointments per week.
2. If you are more than 15 minutes late to your appointment at the Holmes location, the Writing Center staff reserves the right to give your appointment to another student.
If you are more than 5 minutes late for a same-day appointment in Snell, the Writing Center staff reserves the right to give your appointment to another student.
3. We ask that you make every attempt to keep your appointment. However, if you need to cancel your appointment, cancel at least 2 hours in advance. To cancel your appointment, log into your WCOnline account, click your appointment slot, and click “cancel this appointment.”
Appointments that have not been cancelled at least two hours before the start of the appointment will be considered “no shows.” If you accrue two no show appointments (meaning you didn’t cancel your appointment at least two hours in advance), your Writing Center account will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to book appointments.
4. Each student may have one appointment per day.
Before your Appointment
Collect any materials you are using for your paper, as these items (your assignment sheet, your instructor’s prompt, any drafts you’ve completed, feedback from your instructor or peers, readings you used to complete the assignment) will help the consultant to better understand your writing task.
Prepare an “agenda” for your session. What questions do you want to ask your consultant? What issues do you plan to focus on?
Please arrive a few minutes before your appointment begins to ensure your consultation can start on time.
Workshops On Demand
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Workshops On Demand ~ Request a Workshop
The Northeastern Writing Center now offers students the ability to request workshops tailored to their needs. Organize a poetry writing workshop for your friends, a working with sources workshop for your class, a grant writing workshop for your student organization… the possibilities are endless! Requests may also be made by Resident Assistants and student groups.
To request a workshop, contact us at least two weeks before your desired date. You will need to gather 10+ student rsvps and decide on a topic and location. We can come to your residence hall, classroom, the library, a booked room at Curry, or host your workshop at one of our locations. Send your request to the Senior Consultant of Workshopping and Programming, Kyle Oddis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Feel free to call or email with any questions about this service!
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Subscribe to our social media sites to integrate our services with your social networks!
Our Facebook page features quotes, writing tips, news, events, consultant bios, videos about writing, and more! Like our page and ask writing questions on our wall for responses! We’d love to hear from you.
Our blog features posts by consultants, online writing resources, and staff biographies. Visit us to learn more about our consultants and writing philosophy.
Our Twitter feed will keep you in the loop about updates, workshops, and appointment openings. You can gain speedy access to writing tips, quotes, news, and events.
Home | The Writing Center | Online Resources
Snell Library Citation Resources
The NU Library offers information on citation – including links to many different style guides and information about electronic citation resources.
Snell Library Reference Resources
Snell Library also provides access to many different encyclopedias and dictionaries–including the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Oxford English Dictionary.
The Boston Public Library
From this site, you can access information on visiting and borrowing from the Boston Public Library.
Diana Hacker – Research and Documentation
This site offers research resources in various disciplines. It includes information about how to document sources in five styles: ACW, MLA, Chicago, APA, and CBE.
The OWL at Purdue
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University offers a wide variety of writing resources (including the writing exercises described below), such as current guides to MLA and APA styles, research guidance and suggestions, and resources for multilingual writers.
Purdue OWL Grammar and Usage Help
Writing Center FAQs
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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://nuweb.neu.edu/cssh/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.
Other NU Resources
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The College of Professional Studies offers several tutoring and language services through their Global Student Success program. You may read about GSS on this page or check out their website for additional information and events.
Global Student Success
Global Student Success is committed to fostering the acculturation of international students to the Northeastern community and promoting internationalization across the institution. They support international students through cross-cultural, linguistic, and academic support services. They also partner with faculty, staff, and administrators to integrate global dimensions and cross-cultural understanding into the Northeastern experience.
International Tutoring Center – Tutors provide ESL writing instruction and training for international students who need assistance with papers, assignments, TOEFL writing, and research projects. Students can meet one-on-one with an ESL tutor for 50-minute appointments.
Language and Culture Workshops – Geared for international students looking to understand American values, cultures, and norms. These workshops look to bridge cultural knowledge, expand inquiry, and shed light on how to successfully navigate the American university student experience.
Pronunciation Workshops – These workshops are for speakers of English as a second language who would like to improve their pronunciation skills. Each workshop is led by a graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology who has knowledge about the specifics of speech production.
Volunteer Team Leader (VTL) Program – This program allows for English skill development while concurrently building resume experience, leadership skills, and participating in community service. To date, the VTL program supports 35 organizations and has 1,100 hours of volunteered service.
Resources for Instructors
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The NU Writing Center provides faculty with classroom visits and workshop services. For example, we can facilitate a class workshop on subjects like peer review or presentational skills.
To request a class visit or workshop, email our Senior Consultant of Workshopping and Programming, Kyle Oddis (email@example.com).
We also support faculty as writers themselves. Our services are available to Northeastern faculty who might be looking to get feedback on their own writing and/or classroom communication.
To keep your students informed of our services, you may wish to include this description in your syllabus:
The Writing Center
The Northeastern University Writing Center is located in 412 Holmes (x4549; for current hours see http://www.northeastern.edu/english/writing-center/) in the English Department and offers free and friendly help for any level writer, including help with conceptualizing a writing project, refining your writing process (i.e., planning, researching, organization, drafting, and revising), and using sources effectively. Furthermore, the Writing Center offers same-day appointments at 136 Snell Library, online appointments, and asynchronous e-Tutoring. For writing tips and updates, follow the Writing Center on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NEUWritingCenter. Questions about the Writing Center can be directed to Assistant Director Mina Nikolopoulou (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Director Kat Gonso (email@example.com).
Adding a Link to the NU Writing Center on Your Bb Course Page
An easy way to provide your students ready access to the Writing Center’s website is to add a link to the Writing Center homepage on your class Blackboard site. Here’s how to do it:
1) On your course homepage, you have a control panel on the left side, and it’s here that you’ll be adding a link to the Writing Center.
2) Click on the + in the top left of that box and then choose “Web link”:
3) In the Add External Link box, name the link “NU Writing Center” and paste in this URL: http://www.northeastern.edu/english/writing-center/
4) Check the “Available to Users” box and click “Submit.”
That’s it! Now your students will see a link to the Writing Center’s homepage each time they’re in your Bb course site.
Ways to Introduce the Writing Center!
At the start of the semester, we suggest instructors introduce the Writing Center to students in an interactive way. Bring them to either Writing Center location. Provide flyers or guide them through our appointment booking process. You can refer students to the Writing Center website and social media outlets.
Home | The Writing Center | Contact Us
If you have a question about how to use the Writing Center or about your upcoming appointment please call our 412 Holmes Hall location: 617-373-4549
Director of the Writing Center
Kat Gonso, MFA
465 Holmes Hall
Assistant Director of the Writing Center
462 Holmes Hall
Home | The Writing Center | Employment
We are currently hiring undergraduate consultants for Summer 2 and Fall 2014. Candidates must have passed Advanced Writing in the Disciplines.
Inquires may be sent to Writing Center Director, Kat Gonso (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please send a cover letter, CV, and a short writing sample (no more than 7 pages).