The Writing Center
Norlin Library
Norlin Commons, Room E111
317 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 735 6906 |

The Writing Center

The CU-Boulder Writing Center offers writers from all academic disciplines and skill levels the opportunity to work one-on-one with professionally trained writing consultants. We help writers at all stages of the writing process from brainstorming through revision. Writing Center sessions strive to address writers' stated needs while attending to relevant disciplinary, rhetorical, grammatical, and stylistic concerns. Consultants provide feedback and advice that promote writers' abilities to communicate successfully and think critically in response to complex, evolving expectations of readers in academia, the workplace, and society.

  • Save time by learning more effective writing techniques
  • Eliminate writer’s block and procrastination
  • Improve your argumentative impact, organization, and clarity
  • Strengthen your revision and self-editing skills
  • Learn proper citation to avoid unintentional plagiarism

Services are FREE to CU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Norlin Location

Norlin Commons (Norlin E111, near the east entrance of Norlin Library)

Spring 2017 (through May 9,2017; closed March 27-29 for Spring Break)

Monday - Thursday 09:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Booking Norlin Appointments

Norlin Writing Center sessions must be reserved with an appointment. We recommend making your reservations at least five days in advance. Appointments can be made in person or online. Once you've registered with our scheduling site, you can log on to view and reserve appointments up to seven days in advance. If you're having difficulty finding an appointment time, please stop by to see the office manager about possible same-day openings and special advance booking.

C4C and Williams Village North Walk-in Hours

February 6th - May 3rd (closed for Spring Break March 25th- April 2nd)

Monday 6:00-9:00 PM Center for Community(C4C) N351A
Tuesday 6:00-9:00 PM Center for Community(C4C) N351A
Wednesday 6:00-9:00 PM Center for Community(C4C) N351A
7:00-9:00 PM Williams Village Center(WVC) 177
Sunday 1:00-4:00 PM Center for Community(C4C) N351A

No appointment is necessary. Thirty and fifty-minute sessions are free to current CU-Boulder students and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Writers' Lounges Walk-in hours

January 30th - May 9th (closed for Spring Break March 25th - April 2nd)

Athens Court North Community Room Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM
Arnett N200 Monday 6:00-9:00 PM
Baker W205 Monday 6:00-9:00 PM
Buckingham N101 Wednesday 6:00-9:00 PM
Business Library KOBL 200C Monday 12:00-3:00 PM
KOBL 200C Tuesday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Farrand 127 Tuesday 6:00-9:00 PM
Kittredge Central North N221 Thursday 5:00-8:00 PM
Libby 176 Wednesday 6:00-9:00 PM
Smith S205 Sunday 6:00-9:00 PM
Willard 103 Tuesday 6:30-9:30 PM

No appointment is necessary. Thirty and fifty-minute sessions are free to current CU-Boulder students and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Longer sessions may be available depending on demand.

Graduate Writing Support (GWS)

Graduate students can seek writing advice and feedback by reserving fifty-minute sessions at our Norlin location. However, those who are regularly working on projects longer than 10-15 pages should inquire about participating in the Graduate Writing Support Program (GWS).

Thanks to generous assistance from the Graduate School, GWS offers specialized support for writing lengthy manuscripts such as dissertations, theses, and publications. Graduate writing specialists have training and experience in academic and professional writing and assist graduate writers from all disciplines. Sessions are intended to supplement adviser meetings by providing writing feedback and guidance from an outside academic reader’s perspective. GWS participants commit to regularly scheduled meetings for one or more semesters and submit work in advance of each session. This allows the consultant to provide a more thorough review and help the writer improve cogency, organization, analysis, and grammar and style. Past participants have mentioned that GWS is helpful for scaffolding project timelines and preparing for oral defenses and job talks.

The capacity of the GWS program is limited and requires an intake interview to ensure the project and writer’s needs match program objectives and resource availability. Please contact Annette at 303-735-6906 or for more information.

Contact Information

IF YOU NEED INFORMATION ABOUT WRTG COURSES AND ENROLLMENT, please call the program for writing & rhetoric at 303-492-8188 or email at

Annette Mitchell, the Writing Center Manager, can be reached at 303-735-6906 or for questions about the Graduate Writing Support Program, appointments, and arranging class visits and tours.

The Writing Center Director, Eric Klinger, can be reached at 303-492-1690 or for inquiries from faculty or administrators, and questions about becoming an undergraduate peer tutor, Writers’ Lounges, and employment opportunities.