University Writing Center helps build strong, confident writers

The University Writing Center is dedicated to assisting Huskies with the writing process. From brainstorming to polishing the final draft, their team is available to help students, faculty and staff become stronger and more confident writers.

“Our motto is supporting writers and strengthening writing,” Gail Jacky, director of the University Writing Center, said. “Our goal is to provide a safe place for all members of the NIU community to practice writing and writing-related communication while discussing their projects and learning skills to apply in future projects.”

Writing coaches are available to assist Huskies with generating ideas, understanding assignments, revising papers and documenting sources. They focus on academic writing for courses such as essays and presentations, and documents needed for career opportunities such as resumes and cover letters.

“We also help writers identify what they do well in their writing and what they should focus on in the future,” Jacky said. “When you come to the center for assistance with a writing project, our goal is not only to help you with your project, but also to help you become a stronger, more confident writer.”

The University Writing Center is now located in Founders Memorial Library (Room 260). An online scheduling system is available so undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff can schedule their own appointments.

“We are excited about being in a more visible location in central campus and having the opportunity to work with more clients,” Jacky said.

The services are free and open to all members of the NIU community. Sessions range from 30 to 60 minutes and are conducted face-to-face to ensure optimum results. Last year, the staff worked with more than 1,700 students for a total of more than 11,000 individual sessions.

To set up an appointment in Founders Memorial Library visit the new online schedule system to create an account and begin scheduling sessions.

If you have any questions or are not able to schedule your appointments, call at 815-753-6636 or stop by the University Writing Center in person.

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