Welcome to the Writing Center! Think of us as a support system for the NIU community—your community. Regardless of whether you're a freshman or senior, graduate student or faculty, alumnus or student at large, we're here to help you brainstorm, draft, revise, and perfect your work. At every stage, we work with you one-on-one.
We like to think of ourselves as a safe zone for every member of our Northern Illinois community, a place for you to practice critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and writing communication without fear of judgement. We collaborate, encourage, and offer constructive critique, and our goal is ultimately to not only help you improve your writing but to help you become a stronger, more confident writer.
Types of Sessions
Each year, we conduct thousands of sessions with members of the NIU community. A few of the projects our tutors work on regularly include:
personal statements, resumes, and cover letters
test preparation (GRE, GMAT, basic skills, SPEAK/TOFEL, CLEP, comprehensives)
websites and electronic portfolios
personal and creative writing
capstones and conference papers
dissertations and theses
syllabi, rubrics, and assignment prompts
classroom presentations and workshops
Topics our tutors often discuss:
Understanding assignment prompts
Brainstorming & research strategies
Documentation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
Clarity and coherence
At the Writing Center, we don't simply fix grammar—we help you take change of your work so that you can excel in your personal and professional goals. Call us at 815-753-6636 today!