Writing Center

The Writing Center, located in the Campus Center Building adjacent to the Student Success Center, is a place where teachers, tutors, and students meet to collaborate on all aspects of writing, from basic grammar to advanced composition. All NDNU students may come to the Center for assistance with their writing and any course assignments requiring writing. Friendly instructors and capable tutors make the Writing Center a valuable resource for NDNU students.

First-Year Students in the Writing Center

First-year students are expected to visit the Writing Center a minimum of eight times each semester. They may work on assignments in their ENG1030/ENG1040 classes, and they may attend 50-minute grammar workshops. Their folders contain record sheets of their work that their instructors will consult when determining final grades.

Students Completing the Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Students may complete one, two, or three units toward completion of the three-unit upper-division writing requirement by enrolling in ENG2000 Writing Center. Students obtain units in ENG2000 Writing Center by completing grammar or writing modules assigned by an instructor and/or by attending 50-minute grammar and writing workshops offered each week.

Hours and Appointments

Students do not need to make appointments to get help with their writing. Simply stop by the Center when it is open and someone will see you. Exact hours vary from semester to semester, so check the current schedule before visiting.

Become a Writing Center Tutor

Tutoring in the Writing Center is both challenging and fun. Working one-on-one with other NDNU students, you can share your expertise, provide encouragement and further your own understanding of English grammar and composition. The expertise you gain will support your professional development no matter what career you pursue. The Writing Center offers several options for students interested in tutoring:

  • Academic credit
  • Work-study
  • Paid positions for senior tutors

Scheduling is flexible, and undergraduate tutors have the opportunity to work closely with English faculty.If you are interested in becoming a tutor, contact the Writing Center Director, Marc Wolterbeek (mwolterbeek@ndnu.edu; 650-508-3708).

Grammar Workshops (Wednesdays at noon)

These 50-minute workshops are open to all students on a drop in basis; students enrolled in ENG2000 will receive 0.1 unit for attending.


Marc Wolterbeek, Writing Center Director

Office: Saint Joseph’s Hall 110 (Tu, Th 1–2 p.m.)