Writing Center

The Writing Center is here to help you handle some of the stress of the writing process – from brainstorming to the finished document – whether or not it's for a class or an application requirement. The Writing Center is staffed by professional writing consultants and the co-directors. The Center is located in the Teaching and Learning Center, Room 2308 (right above the Library Café). Follow us on Instagram.

Writing Resources & Helpful Links

The Writing Center is open for Spring semester with hours available Sunday evenings through Fridays. You may make appointments to work with Nora Streed (online) or with Hadis Ghaedi (online or in person in the Writing Center). Follow current Community Health Standards for in-person meetings. 


The Writing Center is for all

The Writing Center is available to all UNCSA students, staff, and faculty to help with any writing questions at all, whether or not it is for a class assignment – including papers/essays, grant proposals, screenplays, fellowship/internship/college/job applications, thesis and/or your personal writings, such as novels, poetry. We can help you get started or get unstuck in the middle or your work, as well as help you learn to proofread your work effectively.

Writing is stressful for many people, and we’re here to help you tell your story with skill and confidence. More information, including current hours, writing resources, and easy instructions for making appointments, is available on our LibGuide page: https://library.uncsa.edu/writingcenter-esl

FAQs About the Writing Center

What kinds of writing can you help me with?

Anything you are working on: essays, class assignments, research papers, grant proposals, summaries, manuscripts, fellowship/internship/college/job applications (e.g., resume, CV, cover letter, diversity statement, artist statement, personal statements), graduate thesis work, screenplays, and creative writing.
You can bring your work at any stages of the writing process. Whether you're just brainstorming ideas, crafting your thesis statement, working on an introductory paragraph, polishing a complete first draft, or working on the citations, our experienced tutors are here to assist you. We understand that writing is a dynamic and evolving process, and seeking guidance early on can lead to more polished and impactful final submissions.

What happens in a typical Writing Center tutoring session?

The tutor will spend time talking with you about your writing work, and will ask you to clarify where you are in the writing process and where you need help. For example, they may ask to see a copy of the assignment or the paper guidelines. Then you will work together, reading through the paper, discussing areas to develop, and ways to make the work stronger. Specifics will depend on the session and your concerns and needs. They can also help you with citation and correct forms of documentation.

How long is a tutoring session?

It depends. Some sessions are short and some may take up to an hour. A typical session lasts about 30 minutes.   

What do I need for a tutoring session?

  • If you are meeting online, you'll need the current draft of your paper (at any stages of the process) as well as the assignment/guidelines or course syllabus (if applicable) from your instructor. You can send us a file or simply use the screen-sharing function in Zoom.
  • If you are meeting in person, a printout of your current draft, or a digital copy of it on your device. You can also email a copy of it before attending the session. There is a printer available in the Writing Center if necessary.

Will my teacher get notification that I have been to the Writing Center?

Yes. With your permission, we will email your instructor with a brief overview of the tutor session. Most instructors are happy to learn that their students have made use of the Writing Center, and some even offer grading incentives to visit.

My teacher has told me I need to visit the Writing Center – why?

Discuss this with your instructor. Most instructors have specific recommendations about how to strengthen your writing, and you can share these with the tutor.

Who can use the Writing Center?

Writing Center is open to all members of the UNCSA community including high school, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the staff and faculty. 

Where are you located?

The Writing Center is located in the Teaching and Learning Center above the Library Café, Room 2308. Enter through the outside door at the top of the concrete steps between the Library and the Library Annex buildings off Ehle Drive.

Do I have to make an appointment?

Hours will vary by semester and may change without notice.

In-person appoitnments with Hadis Ghaedi: You are not required to make an appointment at this time, but it is recommended to do so using the link below. Walk-in visits are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. Hours are shown above.

Zoom appointment with Nora Streed or Hadis Ghaedi: You must make an appointment online for a Zoom meeting. 

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Center Staff

Hadis Ghaedi

WC Hadis GhaediHadis Ghaedi is the co-director of the Writing Center/ESL program at UNCSA. She has been working and teaching ESL/EFL and academic writing courses in higher education for more than a decade. She holds a PhD in the Second Language Acquisition Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include discourse analysis, English academic writing, learners' perceptions, and second language acquisition. She has lived in the US for eight years and is personally familiar with the difficulties faced by international students and English Language Learners. She is on campus weekdays and can meet with you in-person or via Zoom.


Nora Streed

WC Nora StreedNora Streed has been with the UNCSA Writing Center since 2015. She has degrees in both theoretical and applied linguistics as well as Teaching English as a Second Language (University of Minnesota and Winston-Salem State University). She also has many years of experience as a writer, researcher, reporter, tutor, writing coach, and editor. She shares with Hadis an interest in discourse analysis and second language acquisition; and in addition to storytelling, communication, and language, Nora’s interests include art, design, gardening, music, science, and transportation policy. She currently lives in rural Missouri and can meet with you online via Zoom.



Nora Streed or Hadis Ghaedi
Co-Directors, Writing Center and ESL Services