Undergraduate Programs

Adhering to North Park University’s COVID-19 updates, the Writing Center is currently operating both in person (masks recommended) and virtually via Microsoft Teams for conferencing services. For troubleshooting, contact Writing Center Director Melissa Pavlik at mpavlik@northpark.edu or schedule a meeting.


The North Park University Writing Center provides free assistance to the university community through our drop-in center, one-on-one conferencing, and specialized workshops for all students enrolled in first-year Core Curriculum courses. Our undergraduate writing advisors (WAs) are trained to respect the intellectual work and linguistic roots of all students. We aim to cultivate writing as a process and promote healthy, coordinated habits for writing and learning while providing a brave space where passion for language can be celebrated.


The Writing Center is closed for drop-in conferencing until fall semester. For assistance with limited appointments available to work with undergraduate Writing Advisors over the summer, please email mpavlik@northpark.edu. Graduate/SPS students can request a summer writing coach for assistance in any academic writing assignments at any stage of the process by clicking here.

Fall 2023 drop in hours will be offered both in person and virtually according to the following schedule:

4:00–8:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
1:00–5:00 p.m.
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday


Melissa Pavlik
Writing Center Director and Associate Professor
Brandel Library, room 123
(773) 244-4918
schedule a meeting 

Antonio Pizarro
Writing Center Assistant Director and Lecturer
Brandel Library, room 017

Writing Center Physical Address
Brandel Library 123
5114 N. Christiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

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Online Conferencing

Learn more about remote drop-ins and course conferencing.

We’d love to hear feedback on your Writing Center experience. Let us know here.


Find writing and learning resources at the links below.


Feather Bricks, the School of Restorative Arts’ newsletter, is a collaboration between writing advisors at Stateville and Logan Correctional Centers who are MA candidates, alumni of the Restorative Justice Ministry at North Park Theological Seminary (NPTS), and undergraduate writing advisors at North Park. Special thanks to co-editors Peter “Justice” Lawrence, Tim Giles, and Sherron “Sosa” Dillon as well as senior editor DeCedrick Walker, and outside transcribers and designers Nancy Gorman, Hellen Pava, Hannah Wetzel, Hanna Miller, Azary Celis, Destiny Correa, Priya Bajracharya, and Lily Gerow. Thanks to Stateville GED and Avanced ABE Educator Julie McGrath, EFA Laura Costabile, IDOC Public Information Officer Naomi Puzzello, and much appreciation to NPTS School of Restorative Arts for providing a space for students to project their voices. Read past issues here:

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“New Beginnings: A Dual Campus Writing Center” by Darby Agovino

A North Park University Writing Center Writing Advisor (peer tutor) sits at a desk, composing a letter to her Letter Partner, an incarcerated student at the North Park Stateville Correctional Center Campus.

Alumni writing advisor Darby Agovino reflects on her experience working at North Park’s dual-campus Writing Center, staffed by and serving both students at Chicago’s North Park campus and Crest Hill, Illinois’ Stateville Correctional Center campus.

Become a Writing Advisor

Interested in joining our community of writing advisors? Click here to learn about the hiring process or here to nominate yourself or a student.

Meet Our Writing Advisors and Staff

To serve you, the Writing Center has a community of more than 90 undergraduate writing advisors, professional writing coaches, and graduate writing advisors across our North Park, Stateville Correctional Center, and Logan Correctional Center campuses.