Information & Resources
Writing and Communication Courses
The Writing Center Program currently runs 21 courses related to Communication, Writing, and Writing Fellows training.
Click the links below to see the full catalog for each category:
Writing Center Tutorials
Writing Center Tutorials are essentially one-on-one sessions with a writing center instructor. These tutorials are perhaps best described as "discussions" focusing on a piece of writing or a writing project. The feedback you receive from the instructor will help you move to the next stage of your writing.
Tutorials are typically 45 minutes long, and may focus on a number of different aspects of your writing.
Clients can book one session per week.
Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all writing tutorials are currently held online.
To schedule an appointment, go to our Online Scheduling System.
If you have not visited the Writing Center before, you will first need to create an account (the process takes less than a minute), after which you can view all appointment times.
Please note that clients who miss two scheduled appointments will automatically be blocked from making further appointments for the duration of the semester.
Writing Blocks are group sessions hosted by writing center instructors to provide suggestions and advice to students on specific problems they may be having with writing projects and course assignments. Writing Blocks are held three times a week on-campus at Kunde Cafe between 20:00 and 23:00.
Monday writing blocks are reserved for graduate students;
Tuesday and Wednesday Blocks are reserved for undergraduate students.
Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to contain the virus, there are currently no scheduled writing blocks.
Seminars, Webinars, and Workshops
Writing Center Seminars, Webinars, and Workshops are designed to get writers started on their writing projects and help them successfully navigate the writing process. Seminars and Webinars are generally one hour in length while workshops may run between one and two hours.
Announcements and reminders are emailed to all students and faculty in advance, along with a registration link for those interested in taking part.
Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to contain the virus, WCP Seminars are currently being conducted online.
For more, see:
Writers on Writing: WC (Video) Podcasts
In this series of video podcasts, Lori Enns, SSH Writing Center Director interviews academics across the disciplines about their writing lives. The discussions have two objectives: 1) to demystify the similarities and differences between writing genres and 2) to shed light on the human side of writing.
The Open Literary School @ NU
The Open Literary School @ NU was founded by Mariya Deykute in Spring of 2019 as part of the Nazarbayev University Writing Center Program. OLS@NU was created as a sister program to the Open Literary School in Almaty, aiming to serve the greater NU community and provide free, open and equitable creative writing instruction in English, Russian and Kazakh to students, staff and NU families.
Drawing on the diverse expertise of the creative writers in the Writing Center at NU and sustaining student interest in creative expression and the writing process, the Open Literary School @ NU offers students who are unable to take the creative writing courses offered by the Writing Center Program, or students who have completed the courses available and would like to go further, the opportunity to continue their writing practice. Likewise, OLS@NU supports WCS students who are working on a Creative Writing Capstone project, as well as faculty and graduate students interested in creative expression.
The WCP Blog is intended as a shared forum among NU faculty and students, on various topics related to the Writing Center Program, teaching, and the development of writing skills.
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Blog posts can cover a range of subject areas including:
Thoughts on writing instruction pedagogy
Suggestions for in-class activities
Solutions to perceived issues
Life as an instructor (beyond teaching and grading papers)
Other academic interests
Submissions should be long enough to have substance, but not so long as to be unappealing.
For blog posts we recommend between 400 and 500 words
For videos we recommend anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes. Please upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook and send us the link along with with a brief synopsis.
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