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Register for a WCOnline account to schedule your first visit.

Writing Center appointments are made through our scheduling system, WCOnline. You will need to register for an account prior to your first visit.

(Walk-in appointments, and online-only appointments are also available, but will still require a WCOline account.)

Register for an Account

Register for an account using our scheduling system, WCOnline

  1. Visit and click on “Register for an account”
  2. Fill out the registration form using a valid Northeastern email address (;;, or This system is not linked to your NU account, so you will need to establish a new password that you can use with your WCOnline account.
  3. Check your Northeastern email for a link to confirm your account. If you cannot find a confirmation email within 15 minutes, email us at with the name and email address you used for registration.
  4. You’re all set! Log in and check out our schedule.

WCO Scheduling Questions

Brand new users: registration is a two-step process, so check your email account for an automated email with a confirmation link. If you can’t find the email (even in your spam folder), email us at

Returning users: you may be locked out due to previous no-shows. Contact us at to check-in on your account status and to make a request to enable your account.

  • Join the Waiting List to receive a notification if a space becomes available.
  • Check the schedule the morning-of to see if there are any spaces due to cancellations.
  • Visit our walk-in location in Snell Library 136.
  • Show up at Holmes Hall 412 in case there has been a no-show. However, please understand that tutors who look “available” may be working with an online client or unavailable due to breaks or shifts.
  • Make use of other campus resources that might be able to help.

We strongly encourage you to only make an appointment if you can be there at the start-time. You can use our walk-in system if you need flexibility.

If this situation is unavoidable, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • add a note about your late arrival to your appointment form;
  • email us the day before to remind us of your late arrival;
  • understand that staff rotate frequently through the Writing Center, so it’s possible that your appointment might still be marked as a “no-show.”
  • your appointment will finish as scheduled (e.g. at 1:45 pm, even if you showed up at 1:20pm).

Please do not join online appointments while you are in class. This can be disruptive to your class, disruptive to your Writing Center session, and uncomfortable for your tutor. Your tutor may end an online session if you are unresponsive for long periods of time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bring a paper or digital copy of your writing. Don’t forget to bring along instructions, grading requirements, or examples that will help your consultant understand the context and expectations. It helps if you have these extra items pulled up and ready before your session.

Right before your session, take a few minutes to think about any specific questions or priorities you have for the session, and be realistic about the 45-minute time frame (or less if it is a walk-in appointment).

We have paper, pens, highlighters, and writing handbooks available at the Writing Center. We do not have a printer.

Our consultants can definitely help with editing and proofreading skills, as well as word choices, style, and grammatical concepts.

Typically, you will take an active role in the process, even if you’re looking for grammar help.

In other words, don’t expect the consultant to go through and mark/fix everything for you while you wait. Instead, you might take turns reading the paper aloud and stopping to address part of a sentence; or your consultant might highlight a pattern and you’ll talk about that together.

A 45-minute appointment can go by quickly! For a lengthy writing project, you might need to plan on making multiple appointments.

No, the Writing Center does not offer drop-off editing services. All of our appointments are “synchronous,” meaning you’ll meet with a consultant to work on your writing side-by-side, at the same time.

This is true of online appointments, too.

The Writing Center seeks to accommodate writers who need special arrangements for whatever reason. If you feel you need more time in your session, please email to discuss your needs. We can extend the length of individual sessions, the amount of weekly appointments, or the platforms we use for conducting tutoring, among other things.