Writing Center

Adhering to North Park University’s COVID-19 updates, the Writing Center is currently operating both in person (masks required) 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 opens for Fall 2021 Drop-in Hours on Monday, September 13. For troubleshooting, email mpavlik@northpark.edu. 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 2021 Drop-in Hours are offered both in person and virtually  according to the following schedule:

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 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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Read The Aug/Sept First Year Anniversary Edition of Feather Bricks!

Read the Oct/Nov Edition of Feather Bricks!


Cover 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 Restorative Justice Ministry at North Park Theological Seminary and outside undergraduate Writing Advisors from North Park’s Chicago campus. Special thanks to co-editors and inside WAs Jamie Thomasson and Steven Ramirez, outside WAs Nancy Gorman and Ellie Mae for transcribing, and inside WA Ray Nesbit 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 6

Volume 1Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4  I Volume 5

“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.

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