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Writing Place Locations

The Writing Place has multiple locations on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses of Northwestern University.  They serve slightly different parts of the student population.  Consult the information below, sorted by location, to find the contact information and / or policies that you need.

Contact Information by Location

Main Library Writing Place

University Library, North Core, Second Floor, Room 2305
Email: writingplace@northwestern.edu
Telephone: 847-467-2791

Main contact: Prof. Barbara Shwom, Director of the Writing Place – email

Graduate Writing Place

555 Clark Street, Second Floor, Room 206
Email: writingplace@northwestern.edu
Tel: 847-467-5340

Main contact: Prof. Elizabeth Lenaghan, Assistant Director of the Writing Place – email

  • Appointments are sometimes available on the Chicago Campus at the Galter Health Sciences Library, Room 1-411 depending on tutor availability.  Consult the Writing Place’s online calendar for up-to-date appointment information.

School of Professional Studies Writing Place

Chicago Campus, Wieboldt Hall, Schaffner Library, Mezzanine Level
Email: spswritingplace@northwestern.edu

Main contact: Vincent Francone, Coordinator – email

Appointment Policies

Main Library Writing Place

Registering at the Writing Place

Any Northwestern student, staff member, or faculty may register to use the Writing Place. Registration requires a Northwestern email address and netID. You may register online via online scheduling system.

Booking Appointments

To book appointments, use the online scheduling system and select the Main Library Writing Place from the drop down menu. You may book appointments up to a week in advance.  Typically, you may choose either a face-to-face or online appointment for 30 minutes or 60 minutes. During Spring Quarter 2020, all appointments will be conducted via Zoom and Google docs in 60 minute blocks.

Number of Appointments

All students are eligible for 2 hours of appointments/week. The daily limit is 1 hour. You may book those appointments in advance. If you need additional appointments in a specific week, you may email your request to the Writing Place (writingplace@northwestern.edu) or drop in for an appointment during any hours that a schedule shows as available/unbooked.

Cancellations

Appointments at the Main Library Writing Place must be cancelled at least twelve hours in advance via the online scheduling system. This policy is designed to help us use our resources wisely. When appointments are cancelled sufficiently in advance, other people can take advantage of the appointment time.

If, on a rare occasion, you need to cancel an appointment less than 12 hours in advance, you may send an email to the Writing Place (writingplace@northwestern.edu).

No shows

If you fail to either attend or cancel an appointment, the system will record you as a “no show.” Students who accrue more than 1 “no show” have their accounts disabled and their future use of the Writing Place is subject to the Director’s discretion.

Graduate Writing Place

The Graduate Writing Place

The primary objective of the Graduate Writing Place is to provide writers with a venue to discuss aspects of writing and the writing process that are unique to advanced work in academia. Graduate Writing Fellows are eager to share their knowledge and insights regarding the genres, features, and challenges associated with writing at the graduate-level and beyond. Writers who book appointments in the Graduate Writing Place should therefore expect their consultations to focus primarily on higher-level aspects of writing. In particular, writers should expect to discuss how the argument, organization, and evidence in their text satisfy the conventions for writing in a particular field or genre.

Writers who are exclusively interested in receiving feedback on rhetorical features of their writing (e.g., grammar and syntax) should consider working in the Main Library Writing Place.

Registering at the Writing Place

Any Northwestern student, staff member, or faculty may register to use the Writing Place. Registration requires a Northwestern email address and netID. You may register online via online scheduling system.

Booking Appointments

Graduate students, post-docs, and faculty may book appointments using the online scheduling system and selecting the Graduate Writing Place from the drop down menu. (First time users should register for an account prior to selecting a schedule.) On the schedule, available appointments can be seen up to a week in advance. Graduate students may also request an appointment either in person or via email up to (but no more than) two weeks in advance. All emailed appointment requests should be sent to the Writing Place email account (writingplace@northwestern.edu).

Number of Appointments

Writers are eligible for 2 hours of appointments/week, but no more than 4 hours/month. Writers may also work with the undergraduate consultants in the Main Library Writing Place or in the Chicago Campus Writing Place in the Schaffner Library. However, to maximize the allocation of all resources, no student may book more than 2 hours of appointments across all Writing Places in a given week.

Writers wishing to exceed 2 hours appointments/week are always welcome to come for a drop-in writing consultation at either the Graduate Writing Place or the Main Library Writing Place during any hours that a schedule shows as available/unbooked.

Cancellations

Writers must cancel appointments 12 hours in advance. Appointments that are canceled less than 12 hours in advance count against a student’s maximum allotment of 4 hours of appointments/month. If a writer needs to cancel an appointment less than 12 hours in advance, they must send an email to the Writing Place (writingplace@northwestern.edu). Writers who fail to cancel an appointment via email will be designated as “no shows.” Writers who accrue more than 2 “no shows” have their accounts disabled and their future use of the Writing Place is subject to the Director’s discretion.

For Chicago Campus Writing Place policies, see the NU Libraries page.

SPS Writing Place

Registering at the Writing Place

Any Northwestern student, staff member, or faculty may register to use the Writing Place. Registration requires a Northwestern email address and netID. You may register online via online scheduling system.

Booking Appointments

To book appointments, use the online scheduling system and select the Main Library Writing Place from the drop down menu. You may book appointments up to a week in advance.  You may choose either a face-to-face or online appointment for 30 minutes or 60 minutes. 

Number of Appointments

All students are eligible for 2 hours of appointments/week. The daily limit is 1 hour. You may book those appointments in advance. If you need additional appointments in a specific week, you may email your request to the Writing Place (spswritingplace@northwestern.edu) or drop in for an appointment during any hours that a schedule shows as available/unbooked.

Cancellations

Appointments at the Main Library Writing Place must be cancelled at least twelve hours in advance via the online scheduling system. This policy is designed to help us use our resources wisely. When appointments are cancelled sufficiently in advance, other people can take advantage of the appointment time.

If, on a rare occasion, you need to cancel an appointment less than 12 hours in advance, you may send an email to the Writing Place (spswritingplace@northwestern.edu).

No shows

If you fail to either attend or cancel an appointment, the system will record you as a “no show.” Students who accrue more than 1 “no show” have their accounts disabled and their future use of the Writing Place is subject to the Director’s discretion.