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.
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
We are here to help you learn how to write better; we do not
proofread for punctuation, spelling, etc.
Location and hours
We are located in the North and South Student Learning Centers. The North SLC is located in the University Union, room 201. The South SLC is located in the Learning Resource Center, Bldg. #61.
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.
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.Read more
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
U. Illinois Online Writing Center
Books, journals, magazines, newsletters, and publications
New York Times
Online rhetoric / composition journals
Computer Mediated Communication
Computers and Composition
Online book sources
Literature and authors
Classical Greek and Latin Texts
American Assoc. University Women
International Fed. University Women
National Council Teachers English
American Special Collections, Library of Congress
Citations, APA and MLA
Citations, Format for Online Sources
Dictionary, Merriam Webster
The English Browser
Logical Fallacies, Stephen’s Guide
Web Site Eval. Web Research Guide
In Context, A Quarterly of Humane Sustainable Culture
American Cultural Studies