WELCOME TO THE NYU WRITING CENTER!
The Writing Center is a part of NYU’s Expository Writing Program in the College of Arts and Science. It is a place where one-on-one teaching and learning occur, as students from across the University work closely with faculty consultants and experienced, senior peer tutors at every stage of the writing process and on any piece of writing except for exams.
Consultants and tutors will collaborate actively with you, prompting you to think about what you are writing and why you are writing it. Whether you want to discuss how to approach different assignments, write for particular audiences, develop the potential of your drafts and ideas, or learn to express your thinking more persuasively and creatively, we look forward to working with you. In the end, we aim to help you gain more insight into your writing process and cultivate your own sense of style and voice.
Who should use the Writing Center?
o All NYU undergraduates who are studying in Washington Square, at the Tandon School of Engineering, or who want feedback and help on their writing.
o All “Go Local” students who are taking NYU-NY courses from global sites.
o All students who are new to the expectations of college-level inquiry and critical thinking.
o All multilingual writers who are seeking to expand their understanding of American rhetoric conventions and the English language.
o Graduate students are also welcome to work with us.
How do I get started? How does the Writing Center work?
o Register and reserve appointments online at: nyu.mywconline.com.
o Schedule a 45-minute synchronous conference (called "Online") up to a week in advance.
o Some asynchronous feedback (called "eTutoring") and in-person consulting will also be available.
o Describe what you want to work on (your priorities for the session) and upload your draft.
o Log-in at the meeting time to greet and work with your consultant or tutor.
o To learn more about our online services, please see the description here.
Who will work with me?
o Faculty Consultants (FC) are EWP faculty members who also teach writing courses.
o Senior Tutors (ST) are upper-level undergraduate peer tutors who have excelled in Core courses and gained expertise in one of our other peer tutoring programs.
How should I prepare for my session?
o If you are working on a draft, upload the most recent copy of it to the appointment before your session.
o If your writing concern is related to a particular assignment, upload the assignment prompt.
o If you want to discuss feedback you have received from a professor, upload the draft that has your professor’s comments that you would like to review.
o If you have notes, previous writing, a particular text, and/or research materials related to your draft, have those items with you for the session.
o Prior to the session, reread your draft and your assignment to determine what particular question, concern, or issue you would like to take up during the session.
How will my consultant or tutor work with me? What should I expect?
o They will ask you questions: What are you writing, how’s it going, what do you want help with, etc.?
o They will collaborate actively with you, discussing your thoughts and offering you choices to consider as you revise.
o They will work actively with you to generate new writing, learn new techniques, and help you develop your argument.
o They will suggest new approaches to your writing, so you can start to build more effective habits and long-term skills.
o They will treat you with respect and respond generously to your concerns.
Frequently asked questions about our policies and approaches
How many appointments can I have per week and per term?
o You may schedule one appointment per week, up to one week ahead of time, using our online system. You are allowed up to six appointments each semester. While we reserve sessions each week for NYU graduate students, faculty, and alumni, undergraduate students have priority for most of our appointments.
How do I cancel my appointment?
o If you need to cancel the night before your appointment, you can modify or delete it prior to 11:59pm by logging into the online scheduling system. If you need to cancel on the day of your appointment, you must email the Writing Center at email@example.com.
What should I expect if I want a tutor to proofread or edit my paper?
o Your tutor won’t proofread but will give you feedback on style, language choices, and rhetorical conventions.
What happens if I miss an appointment without cancelling it?
o If you miss your appointment, you will be counted as a no-show. If you miss or are late to 2 appointments without cancelling, you cannot use the Writing Center again until the following semester.
What happens if I am late to join my appointment?
o If you are more than ten minutes late for your appointment, you will lose your session and be counted as a no-show.
Will I receive any follow-up communication about my sessions?
o Yes, if you visit the Writing Center for an Expository Writing course, you will receive a summary for the work of the session from the consultant or tutor; you may also request to receive a summary of the work of the session for other courses.
If I am a “go-local” student, when should I use the Writing Center?
o Use this Writing Center for help on your writing for any NYU-NY course (EXPOS, CORE, etc.). If you are taking a course in the NYU Shanghai curriculum, please go to the NYU Shanghai Academic Resource Center for writing help and support.
A final word
The Writing Center is here to support your development and growth throughout your studies at NYU. We are eager to collaborate actively with all writers, helping you to demystify the expectations for critical inquiry, deepen your critical thinking, and improve your writing skills. Whether you want to brainstorm, discuss your ideas or argument, or refine your sense of style and craft, we look forward to working with you! Welcome to the Writing Center!
Our Leadership Team
William Morgan, Clinical Professor, Director of the Writing Center
Tara Parmiter, Senior Language Lecturer, Assistant Director of the Writing Center
Joanna Mendoza, EWP Coordinator of the Writing Center, 212-998-8861
Richard Larson, EWP Program Administrator, Tandon School of Engineering, 646-997-3299