Undergraduate Programs

The Writing Center is currently operating both in person (mask-friendly) and virtually via Microsoft Teams for conferencing services. For troubleshooting related to drop-in hours, graduate coaching and/or faculty resources, 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 currently closed for drop-in hours and will open again for fall semester drop-in conferencing on Monday, September 9, at 10:00 a.m.  Graduate/SPS students can request a writing coach for assistance in any academic writing assignments at any stage of the process by clicking here.

Fall 2024 drop in hours are 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 

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.

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Find writing and learning resources at the links below.


Feather Bricks: Read the April/May 2024 Edition Here

Edition Here

Cover Art by Hollywood Rifraf

Feather Bricks is a collaboration between writing advisors and teaching fellows at Sheridan, Stateville, and Logan Correctional Centers who are MA candidates or graduates of North Park Seminary’s School of Restorative Arts program and undergraduate outside writing advisors and coaches at North Park University. Special kudos to this issue’s Lewis University’s Prison Education Program guest editors Carail “Ace” Weeks, Dwayne “Spree” McCoy, Jose Viduarri, and outside transcribers Hellen Pava, Lily Gerow, Destiny Correa, Hannah Wetzel, and Jiliyn Boles. Gratitude to Stateville GED Educator Julie McGrath for copyediting, and much appreciation to Sheridan Correctional Center’s EFA Eric Bertrand, Stateville Correctional Center’s EFA Laura Costabile, and IDOC Public Information Officer Naomi Puzzello for providing a space for students to project their voices. Read past issues here:

Volume 1Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 I Volume 5 I Volume 6 Volume 7 I Volume 8Volume 9 I Volume 10 I Volume 11 I Volume 12 I Volume 13 I Volume 14 I Volume 15  Volume 16   Volume 17 Volume 18  Volume 19 I Volume 20 I  Volume 21  Volume 22

“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.