The NDSU Center for Writers helps students become more independent and confident writers.
NDSU’s Center for Writers provides free writing support to NDSU undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff.
A key component of the center’s work is assisting students in one-on-one sessions. There also are learning opportunities such as writing courses, workshops, grant-writing guidance, services for distance students and a variety of resources for writers and writing instructors.
According to director Enrico Sassi, the center’s goal is to help clients become independent writers. During the one-on-one sessions, consultants take time to thoroughly discuss issues that arise in draft papers to ensure the writer can make appropriate decisions about focus, organization, development and clarity of ideas.
“Our writing consultants help students improve as writers by focusing on their individual writing needs and concerns,” Sassi said. “Individualized assistance is the most effective way for a writer to improve, and the discussions about writer intent and reader expectations help students understand how to become more effective writers.”
Brooklyn Klein is among the many students who know first-hand how the center’s assistance can make a difference.
“The Center for Writers has helped me grow as a writer, increased my knowledge and boosted my confidence,” said Klein, a sophomore nursing major from Fargo. “After getting feedback from the tutors and revising my work, I am more confident with my final draft and proud to have others read it.”
Grace Mcintyre, a first-year student majoring in English and graphic design, agrees. “The Center for Writers helped me better understand the tasks that my professor asked of me, and the tutor whom I was with gave many great tips on how to navigate the writing process,” Mcintyre said. “No matter where anyone is at in their writing process, the writing center will leave you with a great sense of direction for your assignment or piece.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the center provides graduate sessions online, while undergraduates can choose between in-person or online sessions. All students and staff are required to wear face coverings.
The Center for Writers is located in the lower level of the Main Library in room 16.