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NDSU Center for Writers. ~~~~~ Find your way with words. Let us be your guides!. What We Do. The Center for Writers serves the North Dakota State University community by providing free writing assistance to students, faculty, and staff in all departments at all levels:

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ndsu center for writers

NDSUCenter for Writers


Find your way with words.

Let us be your guides!

what we do
What We Do

The Center for Writers serves the North Dakota State University community by providing free writing assistance to students, faculty, and staff in all departments at all levels:

  • by providing a supportive environment where writers and readers work one-on-one or in small groups
  • by respecting students’ content knowledge and ownership of their documents as we offer advice

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters



Mary Pull

Assistant Director:

Enrico Sassi

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters

  • Graduates
  • Undergraduates
  • Faculty

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters


We can help writers

  • brainstorm ideas
  • focus, organize, and develop papers
  • determine the needs of a specific audience
  • develop an appropriate voice
  • document sources
  • apply grammar and punctuation guidelines

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters

services cont
Services (cont.)

We can offer feedback on many

types of writing tasks:

  • course papers, projects, proposals
  • articles for publication
  • disquisitions (graduate projects)
  • speeches and presentations
  • grad school application essays
  • resumés & cover letters

…. and more

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters

we do not
We do not
  • allow students to drop off papers for proofreading and editing
  • 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

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters


The CFW is located on the lower level of the NDSU library:

  • enter the main doors,
  • turn left,
  • descend the stairs,
  • turn left again.

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters

hours of service
Hours of Service

Monday 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 9:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.

Wednesday 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Thursday 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

NOTE: The Center is open during all regular class days and closed during holidays, semester breaks, and storm days.

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters

making appointments
Making Appointments

Three options:

  • telephone 701-231-7927
  • stop in the CFW
  • send an e-mail to [email protected] (available through our website at http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters/)

NOTE: Walk-in appointments may be available if the tutors are not busy, but advance appointments are recommended to avoid waiting in line.

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters


Q: Will consultants correct my spelling

and grammar?

  • We are a consulting/teaching service, so our goal is to help you become your own best editor, not edit papers for you.
  • Our consultants will help you to recognize and eliminate the spelling and grammatical errors that you make consistently.

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters


Q: What should I bring to a


  • writing guidelines (for assignments, grants, articles, etc.)
  • notes, drafts, and outlines
  • research materials, textbook, etc.
  • specific questions

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters


Q: Can I get specialized help if English is

not my first language?

  • Yes--you may visit the CFW to practice writing and/or speaking.
  • You may make regular appointments for repeated practice.
  • We can work with instructors in the modern language department to find the best ways to help you.

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters


Q: Can the CFW help writers with

learning disabilities?

  • Yes--individuals with learning disabilities can benefit from individualized assistance.
  • We can work with Student Disabilities Services to help you develop effective strategies for completing your writing tasks. 

Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters


Q: What if I only have a quick writing


  • For a quick response, call us at 231-7927 or email us at [email protected]
  • Check our website for student resources






Center for Writers - http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters