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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

The Writing Center (WRC) is now open for the Spring 2021 semester. 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
  • NMC Faculty / Staff? Please contact WRC Director Judy Chu directly via her campus email.

While the WRC is in fully remote operations this 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: 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.

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

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 112 M. Sprenkle or MTH 120 Pharo or PHL 122 Montgomery-Richards)
  3. Dates and times of two preferred 30-minute time slots, within our business hours (e.g., Tue 5/12 ,1 p.m. OR Thur 5/14, 9:30 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-Friday) 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 a.m. EST of the chosen business day during our regular Monday–Friday business hours or by 3 p.m. EST on Sunday, 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 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 respond via email by the next business day (if your appt. request is received outside of our regular business hours) or usually within the first hour of our opening shift. WRC staff will confirm the student's request for virtual/Zoom appointment with further information about the session (e.g., confirmation of time slot, names of 1–2 readers who will be meeting with them during their appt, additional required information to process the 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.

Please know that the WRC will be using Zoom to videoconference with students for their online appointments. A Zoom link invitation will be included with the student's appointment confirmation email from the WRC.

 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

Spring 2021 semester

Monday, Jan 18–Wednesday, Apr 28

During NMC's COVID remote operations, new virtual/Zoom appointments can be made for our Spring semester hours.

WRC hours (EST time zone)

  • Mon: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Tue: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Wed: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Thur: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Fri: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Sun: 3–7 p.m.

The WRC is closed on official college holidays (i.e., Friday-Sunday, Apr 2-4).

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.)