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Writing & Reading Center (WRC)

Scholars Hall 221, Main Campus (#2 on the Main Campus Map)
1701 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49686


As of April 29, the Writing Center (WRC) has closed for the Spring 21 semester but will reopen in a month on May 26 for the Summer 21 sessions. To help the WRC staff keep organized during this COVID-19 time when we have suspended our F2F and phone service in our Scholars Hall location for the current semester, we ask that you direct your questions as follows, depending on your purpose:

  • NMC student seeking a virtual/online appointment? Please follow the steps below.
  • Someone with a general inquiry? Please email us at writingreadingcenter@nmc.edu.
  • NMC Faculty / Staff? Please contact WRC Director Judy Chu directly via her campus email.

While the WRC continues to be in fully remote operations this current semester, student emails requesting virtual videoconference appointments take precedence over general inquiries in terms of WRC staff response time. (FYI: We monitor our email account daily during our regular weekday business hours of operation.)

Also, please understand the following, due to our pedagogical mission:

  • The WRC does NOT offer students "drop-off" service. Instead, a student must meet virtually with a WRC staff reader to review their draft during an online/videoconference appointment.
  • The WRC does NOT offer proofreading/error correction service. Instead, the WRC staff works with students on their drafts, offering suggestions to help them improve and revise their writing overall.
  • WRC grade disclaimer: A WRC appointment does NOT guarantee a student a particular grade from their instructor on their final draft. Instead, WRC staff will read your draft-in-progress and make suggestions for improvement and revision; however, they are NOT faculty and as such will offer NO evaluation/prediction of a grade you might expect to receive from your instructor.

DIRECTIONS for students seeking to book a new online appointment in advance:

STEP 1: From your NMC student email (as per campus policy), please email us at writingreadingcenter@nmc.edu

STEP 2: In your email request, please provide the following:

  1. Your name (first and last) and (NMC) student ID
  2. Class and instructor name (e.g., ENG 111 M. Smith or MTH 120 Mills or PHL 122 Montgomery-Richards)
  3. Dates and times of two preferred 30-minute time slots, within our business hours (e.g., Tue 6/11 ,1 p.m. OR Thur 6/12, 10:30 a.m.) Since most students are taking class remotely and may not be in Michigan's time zone, please request appointments that account for the time difference with your location, if you are not in the EST time zone. And make a note of the time difference in your schedule, so you don't miss your EST appointment!
  4. Your attached draft for review in Microsoft Word or shared Google doc only (no PDFs or other file types) — if Google doc, please grant edit/comment access
  5. If possible, the attached assignment description (Microsoft Word or Google doc, or PDF okay) — if this document is difficult to attach, we ask that you have it pulled up on your screen before you meet with us for your appt., in case the WRC reader needs to refer to it, to help you most effectively in fulfilling the assignment's requirements
  • Advance appointment: Students who email in advance (at least one business weekday, Monday–Thursday reduced summer hours) have preference when we schedule appointments.
  • Same-day appointment: While we cannot guarantee it, if you would like to try to schedule a same-day appointment, email your appointment request (with attached draft) ideally by 9:30 a.m. EST of the chosen business day during our reduced Summer Monday–Thursday business hours, and indicate your preferred time slots for later that same day. Then, make sure to monitor your email within that first hour, as WRC staff will typically email you in response to confirm whether there is same-day availability or not.

WRC Email Response/Appointment Confirmation: Depending on when you send your email request, WRC staff will typically respond via email by that same day (or the next business day, if your appt. request is received late in our shift or outside of our regular business hours), usually within the first hour or so of our opening shift. WRC staff will confirm your request for virtual/Zoom appointment with further information about the session (e.g., confirmation of time slot, names of WRC reader/s who will be meeting with you during your appt, additional required information to process the appointment). FYI: Because WRC staff will be booking your appointment via MySuccess, you will also receive a Starfish Calendar email notification confirming your appointment.

If a student who has sent in an email request for an online appointment has not heard back from the WRC within 1–2 business weekdays during our regular hours of operation, please email us again.

IMPORTANT ZOOM LINK FYI:
Please know that the WRC will be using Zoom to videoconference with students for their online appointments.The Zoom link to join your meeting will be included in the WRC email appointment confirmation you receive back from our lead staff reader and also in the Starfish Calendar notification email generated automatically by your appointment booking in MySuccess.
When it is time for your appointment, please refer to either of these two communications to find your Zoom link, so you can join your meeting.

 Writing & Reading Center (WRC) Director Judy Chu

Chu, Judy — Communications Instructor
Phone: (231) 995-1180
Office: Scholars Hall-SH216D
Tuesday 01:00PM-02:00PM
Thursday 01:00PM-02:00PM

SUMMER 2021 seMESTER

Wednesday, May 26–Thursday, August 5

As of April 29, the WRC is closed for a month but will reopen on May 26. During NMC's COVID-19 remote learning, new virtual/Zoom appointments can be made during our reduced Summer semester hours.

WRC hours, EST time zone

  • Mon: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Tue: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Wed: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Thur: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The WRC is closed Fridays–Sundays and also on official college holidays (i.e., Monday, May 31 & Monday, July 5).

FYI: We can only respond to email requests for appointments during our regular business hours. Online appointments should ideally be requested at least one business weekday in advance. (Though we will try, we cannot guarantee requests for same-day "virtual walk-in" appointments, especially if they come in during the latter half of our shift.)