We invite you to schedule an appointment. We can help you with writing papers, understanding course materials, developing study skills and more.

Schedule a Writing Center Appointment

Fall writing sessions will begin on August 23. All writing sessions will be scheduled online through our TMS account  At that time, we will offer a combination of in-person sessions in FO 260 and virtual sessions. Check the TMS schedule for available appointments. Please note we are closed on NIU holidays. 

Create an Account/Schedule an Appointment

Follow these steps to make an appointment with a writing coach:

  • Create an account (using your zID or aID) and/or log in to the TMS system.
  • Click on the red “Find a Tutor” button.
  • Add “Northern Illinois University” to the SCHOOL search filter and “Literature and Writing/Composition > Writing” to the SUBJECT search filter.
    • Alternatively, click here to automatically apply both filters.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the filters column to search for a particular AVAILABILITY.
  • Click on one of the listed NIU tutors to find a specific time and book and your appointment.

Additional information about our sessions and policies:

  • If you would like to make an appointment, you'll need to create an account using your NIU zID or aID email.
  • Once your account is set up, you can access the scheduling system to set up your 60-minute online appointments.
  • To better serve the entire NIU community, the UWC limits clients to one 60-minute appointment per day. Our staff will not respond to requests for additional sessions when they are designated unavailable or that are outside the Center’s business hours.
  • Violation of these standards or abuse of the direct messaging feature will result in a suspension or even termination of your account.
  • When coming to your session, please be on time or a few minutes early (see our late policy).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the director at

To edit or cancel an appointment, log into your appointment and scroll to the bottom of the page. Choose edit to change course or session information or cancel.



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