Writing Center

COVID-19 Response

All students are now enrolled in a "course" in Canvas called "Writing Center Help Desk." See details in My SA announcement.

If you have questions, please send us an email at writingcenter@uncsa.edu and we will be happy to help however we can!

ESL students can make appointments with any of the Writing Center consultants or to send an email to ESL@uncsa.edu to set up an appointment with Nora Streed for ongoing ESL support.

Email for writing or ESL assistance

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. The Writing Center is staffed by professional writing consultants and the director. We operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Our hours change every semester, so check here for current hours.


FAQs About the Writing Center

What kinds of writing can you help me with?

Anything you are working on: essays, class assignments, research papers, summaries, manuscripts, graduate thesis work, professional statements, and creative writing.

What happens in a typical Writing Center tutoring session?

The tutor will spend time talking with you about the paper, and will ask you to clarify where you are in the writing process and where you need help. She may ask to see a copy of the assignment and 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 needs. She 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 should I bring to a tutoring session?

A draft of your paper, or your laptop if the draft is saved there. It also helps to have a copy of the assignment and the paper guidelines provided by your instructor, and the texts you are using.

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.

Where are you located?

The Writing Center is now located in the Teaching Learning Center above the Library Café.

Do I have to make an appointment?

No. It is first come, first served basis, so during busy hours you may have to wait, or come back another time.



Nora Streed
Director, Writing Center and ESL Services