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FAQs

Where is the Writing Center and what are the hours? 

The NSU Writing Center is located on the first floor of Lyman Beecher Brooks Library.

We’re open:

  • Monday – Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Do I need to make an appointment? 

Yes. In order to ensure you receive the support necessary we require appointments. You can schedule appointments in person, online, or by calling us at (757) 823-2271. ​Students can also schedule reoccurring appointments with consultants, as their writing needs change.

Is there a fee? 

No. The NSU Writing Center serves any currently enrolled NSU students.

How long are sessions? 

The maximum allotted length of a session is 45 minutes. If you still have concerns, you may have to schedule an additional appointment to return at a later date.

What should I bring to my writing consultation? 

You do not have to have any writing completed to make use of the Writing Center. However, always bring your assignment instructions and/or rubric to each appointment.  

What happens during a consultation?

You and the consultant will discuss your project requirements, your goals for the assignment, and whatever writing you bring in. You will then discuss your areas of concern, and together, you’ll develop the best strategies for the project.

Can I request a particular writing consultant? 

When you make an appointment, you have the option of choosing a particular writing consultant, you will see a list of consultants who are available. All consultants are trained to help you with any of your writing needs or concerns.


Can I bring in only class-related work? 

No. Consultants work with students on projects that range from assigned essays, academic research papers, creative writing, and business writing to resumes, job applications, graduate school or grant applications, personal statements, and more. If it’s writing-related, bring it in.

Do I have to bring in a complete draft? Do I have to have any of my paper written? 

Consultants in the Writing Center work with writing at any stage. If you need help brainstorming a topic, forming an outline, organizing a draft, or polishing a final copy, you can always make an appointment with us.

What should I bring when I come to the NSU Writing Center? 

Students are not required to bring any materials with them for a consultation, however, it is very useful if you bring a copy of your assignment as well as any drafting, notes, outlining, brainstorming, or a version of a final draft to the session.

It is your choice if you want to work from a laptop or work from a hard copy.

I’d like for all my students to visit the Writing Center. Can I require my whole class use the NSU Writing Center?

Absolutely! The NSU Writing Center boasts a classroom space to assist classes and facilitate workshops. Please call or email us to schedule your class.