Spring Semester

We have adapted our services to NDSU’s HyFlex system and to COVID-19 guidelines from the Research and Creative Activities offices. We are doing our best to work with students while keeping everyone safe from COVID-19.

SPRING SCHEDULE & SESSIONS:  All sessions will start on Tuesday, January 12th. The undergraduate schedule is open for appointments on January 7th. Due to a delay in coordinating consultant support for some writing courses, the graduate schedule will not be open for appointments until Monday, January 11th.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT 1-on-1 SESSIONS: Sessions will continue to be 50 minutes long, and students have the choice of online or in-person sessions.

GRADUATE STUDENT 1-on-1 SESSIONS: All sessions are online.

** All students and staff are required to wear face masks (covering mouth and nose) while in the Center for Writers. Wearing a mask is the easiest way to limit the spread of COVID-19 **


1-on-1 Sessions

In our individual sessions, writer and consultant discuss anything that might help the writer (e.g., audience expectations, clarity of the writing, writer's purpose, grammar, models, the writing process). The writer brings disciplinary knowledge and an understanding of the assignment and expectations. The consultant brings a wealth of experience in writing and reviewing writing. The sessions are informal, non-evaluative, and free to NDSU students, faculty, and staff.

Please note that all our sessions all start on the hour (10:00, 11:00, etc.).

Our online scheduling system is allowing students to schedule appointments at half past each hour, but that is not correct. We are trying to have this problem fixed; until then, please help us by making your appointments on the hour.

We appreciate your help!

Online Sessions

Dear Students,

While NDSU is in its period of Remote Teaching & Learning, the Center for Writers (CFW) will provide online sessions by using Blackboard CollaborateUltra, which provides audio, video, and document sharing.

Students who do not have a reliable internet connection, please contact the CFW at ndsu.cfw@ndsu.edu.

Please follow these procedures for online sessions:

1) Scheduling an appointment

a. You should schedule your appointment through our website.
b. You must schedule your appointment at least 12 hours in advance.
c. After you have made an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email, and the appointment will show in your Calendar in the Navigate scheduling system.

2) Preparing for the session

a. Please review our instructions for using Collaborate on our website.
b. On the morning of your appointment, you should locate the consultant's email address - included in the "Additional Details" of the Navigate reminder email- and send the following:
· The document you are working on. If you prefer to share a document that can be viewed/edited in real time by both parties, please include a OneDrive link. (Please note that consultants do not review papers before the session, and they do not directly edit papers.)
· Your phone number so the consultant can reach you in case the two of you cannot connect well through Collaborate.
· Other materials that may be useful (e.g., the assignment sheet or professor feedback) should be sent in separate messages through Navigate because the system will only allow one attachment per message.

3) Participating in the session

a. At the time of your session, access the platform through the link in the email from Navigate.
b. Make sure that your computer has microphone and speakers—a headset is best since it eliminates problems like feedback and interference.
c. If you run into difficulties:
· Use the Chat function in Collaborate to communicate your problem to your consultant.
· If you are unable to access Collaborate, send a message to your consultant through your appointment in the Navigate calendar.
· Be sure you have your phone ready in case the writing consultant calls you
· Have your phone on silent/vibrate mode so that it doesn't interrupt the session


We look forward to helping you with your writing. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at  ndsu.cfw@ndsu.edu.

The Center for Writers


Undergraduate Appointments

Undergraduate students may make two scheduled appointments per week by logging in to Navigate,  clicking the "Get Assistance" button on the top right, and following the prompts. 

Canceling Undergraduate Appointments

Undergraduate students may cancel appointments by logging in to Navigate, selecting the appointment from the "Upcoming Appointments" area, then following the prompts.

For assistance, email us at ndsu.cfw@ndsu.edu.


Graduate Appointments

  • You may make appointments up to three weeks in advance and until a day before the session.
  • You may make a maximum of one appointment per week.
  • You may schedule appointments by logging in to Navigate,  clicking the "Get Assistance" button on the top right, and following the prompts.

Canceling Graduate Appointments

  • You must cancel at least 12 hours before your scheduled appointment.
  • If you cancel your appointment less than 12 hours before it is scheduled and fail to show up, the appointment will be counted as a "no-show".
  • After 3 "no-show" appointments, you will no longer be able to make appointments in advance. You will, however, be able to have Same-Day Sessions (see below).
  • You may cancel appointments by logging in to Navigate, selecting the appointment from the "Upcoming Appointments" area, then following the prompts.

Same-day Graduate Appointments

  • We limit scheduled appointments to one per week because we are serving 2,000 graduate and professional students. If you would like to visit us more often, you can schedule a same-day appointment.
  • Email ndsu.cfw@ndsu.edu to be added to the weekly "Same-Day" list. Students on the list will receive daily emails at approximately 8:00 a.m. with the available appointments for the day. Please reply as soon as possible because the appointments will be given to the first students who reply. If you haven't heard from us by 9:00 a.m., then there are no available appointments for the day.
  • The "Same-Day" email list is reset every semester. Students must email the CFW if they wish to remain on the list for another semester.


Faculty and Staff

The Center for Writers is also available for staff and faculty as a resource. For assistance or questions, please contact Enrico Sassi at enrico.sassi@ndsu.edu 

We can help writers to do the following:

  • Brainstorm topics and locate relevant information
  • Focus, develop, and organize their ideas
  • Analyze specific audiences
  • Address readers' feedback
  • Develop an appropriate voice
  • Understand conventions in your discipline
  • Integrate sources and data
  • Write clearly
  • Apply grammar and punctuation guidelines
  • Document sources

We can help writers with the following documents:

  • Class Papers & Projects
  • Articles for Publication
  • Disquisitions
  • Grants and Proposals
  • Speeches and Presentations
  • Personal statements
  • Resumes, CVs, and cover letters

We do not do the following:

  • Allow students to drop off papers for proofreading and editing
  • Work on documents not authored by the writer visiting the Center
  • Write or rewrite papers for students
  • Guarantee that a paper will (or should) receive a specific grade
  • Criticize the assignment a student has been given



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