Answered By: Ann Cannon
Last Updated: Mar 08, 2016     Views: 23

The NSU Writing Center

The NSU Writing Center offers undergraduate and graduate student writers individual conferences with trained tutors who lend assistance with writing assignments in any discipline.

Located in 112 Madison Hall, the Writing Center Faculty welcome all students to utilize their services.  Workshops are scheduled multiple times during each semester to help students prepare for the Writing Competency Exam. 

Writing Center tutors work with students on a full range of college writing assignments, from a first freshman essay to a senior thesis, from a lab for material sciences to an application essay for graduate school.

Tutors can also help at any stage of the writing process, whether clarifying an initial focus, developing a thesis, structuring an argument, integrating sources, or revising a draft. Tutors do not edit or proofread papers, although they can help students learn to identify patterns of error, such as recurrent comma splices.

The goal of the Writing Center is to help students develop their own writing abilities and to become more skilled editors of their own writing.

The Writing Center is located in J. Hugo Madison Hall, Suite 112.  Operating hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

For more information, contact Mr. Michael J. Cotter, Director of the NSU Writing Center at 757.823.2828 or at

Note: Upon successful completion of English 101 and 102, students must register for ENG 299, the Writing Competency Exam. 


For a quick grammar and spelling check, use Microsoft Word's spelling and grammar feature.

You can also try one of these free online proofreading services:

  • Writing Navigator (SAS Curriculum Pathways). The Writing Reviser and Writing Publisher interactives can help you check your work for grammar, punctuation, sentence construction, clarity and more.  You must register for a free accountto use the Curriculum Pathways tools.
  • Grammarly.  Automatically detects grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice and style mistakes in your writing.

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