What is the Writing Place?
The Writing Place is Northwestern’s center for peer writing consultations. Whether you are writing a paper for a class, composing application letters and essays, or working on some other writing project, a Writing Place consultant can help you at any stage of the writing process, from talking about ideas, to developing a plan, to revising and editing a draft.
Writing Place consultants are not editors, graders, or ghostwriters, but attentive readers who are trained to analyze your writing and engage you in a conversation to help you plan and revise your writing.
Consultations are free and available to anyone in the Northwestern community in the following locations:
- Undergraduates and graduate students: Main Library Writing Place, North Tower, Second Floor, 2305
- To read the Main Library Writing Place Consultation FAQ, click here.
- Graduate students, faculty and staff: Graduate Writing Place 555 Clark, Room 2-206, Evanston and Galter Health Sciences Library, Room 1-411
- To read the Graduate Writing Place Consultation FAQ, click here.
- SPS students and others on the Chicago Campus: SPS Writing Place, Schaffner Library, Mezzanine Level
All locations also offer online appointments.
Before making an appointment, you must register online, using your Northwestern e-mail address. That will become your Writing Place log-in. Please choose a password that is different from your NU NetID password.
Fall Quarter 2020
This quarter, all Writing Place consultations will be held online, using a combination of Zoom and Google Docs. For instructions on how to prepare for and launch your online appointment, view and download our online protocol here.
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Last Year at the Writing Place...
4183Appointments Were Held Online and In-Person
1238Clients Came in for Appointments
96.73%Of Surveys Completed Rated Appointments "Very Good" or "Excellent"
92.2% of the students who completed a survey about their visit would recommend us to others!
It is important to take time to organize your thoughts before you begin.
Reading your work out loud, word for word, can help you spot errors.
Cut & Paste
Cut & Paste
Once you have all your thoughts down, a "bird's eye view" can be very helpful.
Make sure every paragraph is working hard on behalf of your argument!
Examples can help you structure and balance your sub-sections.
When it is all done, remember to celebrate!
- The Writing Place is a unit of the Cook Family Writing Program in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. The Writing Program offers advising, resources, and composition courses at all levels. For information about writing courses and Writing Program faculty click here.
- The Graduate Writing Place is supported by The Graduate School, with additional support from a variety of professional masters programs throughout the university. For more information about The Graduate School, click here.
- The SPS Writing Place is supported by Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. For more information about SPS, click here.
*Our writing and revising illustrations are by Elena Rodina, NU Alumni (PhD, Communication) and former Writing Place Fellow. Rights reserved.