Writing Center

The Writing Center is a free service for all Northern Arizona University students.

Our facility is staffed by graduate students in English who can help you in all phases of the writing process.

Services

Tutors will work with you on any part of the writing process, from pre-writing to revising to working on theses and dissertations.

Our tutors will provide you with immediate, constructive responses and suggest strategies for improvement but will not rewrite or "correct" writing.

We are here to help you learn how to write better; we do not proofread for punctuation, spelling, etc.

Extended campuses/distance learning services

We are currently working on accommodating students who are distance learners.

If you are a current student who does not attend class at the Flagstaff campus and are interested in obtaining Writing Workshop assistance, please e-mail Writing.Workshop@nau.edu with your request.

Location and hours

Location

We are located in the North and South Student Learning Centers.  The North SLC is located in the Health and Learning Center, room 3113.  The South SLC is located in the Learning Resource Center, Bldg. #61.

Hours

Monday-Thursday from 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM and Friday 10:00 - 2:00 PM

Making an appointment

You can make an appointment by coming into the Writing Center in person, or you can call the North SLC front desk at 928-523-5524, or South SLC front desk at 928-523-7391.

Mission

The Writing Center provides writers at Northern Arizona University with an opportunity for close contact with a supportive yet critical audience. Because writing is a complex process involving a wide range of thinking skills, the Writing Center's goal is to engage students in a constructive dialogue before, during, and after the composing process.

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Writing Center consultants hold over 1700 individual conferences with students at all levels and from all disciplines during each academic year. Writing consultants are available either by signing up for English 100, by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Conferences usually last 30 minutes. Tutors will work with writers on any part of the writing process from pre-writing to revising to working on theses and dissertations.

At the Writing Center, the writer does the work. Consultants provide immediate, constructive responses and suggest strategies for improvement but do not rewrite or "correct" writing. Though this process is at times arduous and time-consuming, it is the approach that allows students to most actively improve their writing. For similar reasons, tutors deal with "higher order" concerns like thesis, development, organization, and voice before "lower order" concerns like punctuation and spelling. When dealing with "lower order" concerns, consultants will not proofread because the Writing Center functions (and is funded by the University) as a teaching unit.

We accept small successes and recognize that each individual's writing process develops over many years. We cannot solve all problems in a single conference and do not attempt to do so. The central goal is for writers to leave each conference with clear ideas on possible ways to improve their writing.

Helpful writing links

Other writing centers

Purdue 
U. Illinois Online Writing Center 
Colorado State 

Books, journals, magazines, newsletters, and publications

New York Times 

Online rhetoric / composition journals

RhetNet 
Kairos 
Computer Mediated Communication 
Computers and Composition 

Online book sources

Amazon Books 
Bookstore 

Literature and authors

Middle English 
Shakespeare  
Classical Greek and Latin Texts 

Academic organizations

American Assoc. University Women 
International Fed. University Women 
National Council Teachers English 

General resources

LSU Libraries 
American Special Collections, Library of Congress 
The Smithsonian 

Writing resources

Citations, APA and MLA 
Citations, Format for Online Sources 
Dictionary, Merriam Webster 
Dictionary, Multiple 
Dictionary, WordSmyth 
English Server 
The English Browser 
Logical Fallacies, Stephen’s Guide 
Web Site Eval. Web Research Guide 

Specialty sites

Windstar Wildlife  
In Context, A Quarterly of Humane Sustainable Culture 
American Cultural Studies 
Borderlands