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Undergraduate Programs

Writing Center

Writing Assistance for Students

The North Park University Writing Center provides free assistance to the university community through our drop-in center, specialized writing workshops, and one-on-one conferencing for all students enrolled in first-year Core Curriculum courses. Our undergraduate Writing Advisors 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.

What Can the Writing Center Do for You?

Our drop-in center provides one-on-one writing consultations by trained undergraduate students. We conference with you writing of any type: essays, research papers, lab reports, resumes, application essays, and more. We can assist at any point in the writing process to help you

  • Interpret assignment sheets
  • Generate ideas
  • Plan outlines
  • Revise drafts to strengthen organization, development, and clarity
  • Edit for a high level of polish
  • Check formatting of bibliographies and in-text citations

Please note that we are not a proofreading service, but will coach you to empower you with strategies to improve your writing skills.

Do You Serve Graduate Students?

Graduate students are welcome to attend all Writing Center drop-in hours. Undergraduate Writing Advisors (WA’s) serve as “sympathetic first readers” who can work on higher order concerns such as interpreting prompts, paper organization/development, and checking citation format. WA’s may direct graduate students back to their professors if asked content-based questions they feel unqualified to answer, or specific grammar/ESL concerns.

Graduate Student Drop-in Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 5-10 pm. These drop-in hours are hosted by a professional writing coach who has experience working with our School of Nursing graduate students in the former WRIT5000 “Writing for the Professions” program. No appointment is necessary.

Individual Appointments can be made with Melissa Pavlik: (773) 244-4918  or by scheduling a meeting:

Synchronous Online Conferencing is available for all students enrolled in the DNP (Doctoral of Nursing Practice) Program and on a limited basis for others; email Ellen Blum Barish at for more information.

A Coaching Pilot Program is available for select graduate students enrolled in writing intensive courses such as Nurs5010, Nurs5020, Nurs5430, and Capstone courses. Upon professor recommendation, graduate students can be matched with a professional writing coach for up to 8 one-hour coaching sessions per semester where they work on course-specific writing assignments. Graduate students can contact their professors for more information about this program.

A List of Professional Writing Coaches who have worked with NPU graduate students in the past is available. Interested graduate students can contact these coaches, agree on a fee, and set up appointments that fit their schedules. Contact the Writing Center for more information.