Writing Center

Adhering to North Park University’s COVID-19 updates, the Writing Center is currently operating 100% online, using Microsoft Teams for all services. For troubleshooting, contact Writing Center Director Melissa Pavlik at mpavlik@northpark.edu or make an appointment via https://calendly.com/mpavlik.


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.


Over the summer, writing center support is available by appointment only. Undergraduates can request a Writing Advisor by emailing mpavlik@northpark.edu. Graduate/SPS students can request a writing coach for assistance in any summer academic writing assignments at any stage of the process by clicking here.

Our writing center drop-in center is closed for the summer and will reopen on 9/13 for the following hours:

4:00–8:00 pm

10:00 am–12:00 pm
1:00–5:00 pm
6:00–10:00 pm

Friday and Saturday


Melissa Pavlik
Writing Center Director and Assistant Professor
Brandel Library, Room 123
(773) 244-4918
Faculty drop-in hours: Tues, Wed, and Thurs 12:00–1:00 pm 

Jenny Ingersoll
Writing Center Assistant Director and Lecturer
Brandel Library, Room 114
(773) 244-5786

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

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Read the April/May edition of Feather Bricks!

Feather Bricks magazine cover art, a hand holding a feather resting on a cracked stone manuscriptCover art by Michael “Tall Mike” Sullivan

Feather Bricks, the School of Restorative Arts’ newsletter, is a collaboration between inside Writing Advisors housed at Stateville Correctional Center who are MA candidates in Christian Ministry at North Park Theological Seminary and outside undergraduate Writing Advisors from North Park’s Chicago campus. Special thanks to co-editor and inside WA Ro’Derick Zavala for everything, outside WAs Darby Agovino, Belinda Banh, Ameerah Brown, Mira Cechova, Sarah Fitzmaurice, Ellie Mae, and Assistant Director Jenny Ingersoll for layout and design, Stateville GED teacher Ms. McGrath for copyediting, triple extra-special thanks to Vickie Reddy for her unwavering attention to detail with printing and distribution, and much appreciation to North Park Theological Seminary’s School of Restorative Arts for providing a space for students to project their voices. Read past issues here: Volume 1Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4

“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 inside and outside students at Chicago’s North Park campus and Crest Hill, Illinois’ Stateville Correctional Center campus.

The Writing Center is Always Looking for Aspiring WAs!

Interested in joining our vibrant community of Writing Advisors (WAs)? 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 over 85 undergraduate Writing Advisors, professional writing coaches, and graduate Writing Advisors across our North Park Chicago and Stateville Correctional Center campuses.