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Writing Center / ESL

Writing help and ESL support for all UNCSA students, staff, and faculty.

Writing and ESL Help

Schedule A Writing Help Session

The Writing Center is here to help you handle some of the stress of the writing process – from brainstorming to the finished document – whether or not it's for a class. The Writing Center is staffed by professional writing consultants and the director.

Available appointment hours may change without notice, so check back often to view options and schedule a one-on-one session. Here is the link for making appointments: You must first select the person you want to see, then choose a date and time from the available appointments. When you click 'continue' you'll be asked to provide information about your year in school, your program, and why you are seeking help.  You'll also have an opportunity to enter your instructor's name in order for us to notify them that you visited the center, if you want us to do so.

For further information about the Writing Center at UNCSA, contact the Director, Nora Streed.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

University of North Carolina School of the Arts provides tutoring in English as a Second Language (ESL) for admitted students who want or need support. In addition to language instruction, we also offer help and support for any international students experiencing culture shock or struggling to adjust to life on campus, in North Carolina, and/or in the US. Make ESL appointments with Nora Streed here:

For further information about the ESL program at UNCSA, contact the ESL Program Director, Nora Streed.

Inclusive Language Resources

The PDF documents below contain some quick reference guides regarding inclusive language. Feel free to print and distribute them if you find them helpful. If you want to discuss inclusive language in your writing or other situations, please feel free to make an appointment to talk to Nora Streed. We're not here to police your writing for political correctness, but rather to help you use language to get your message across in the most accessible, inclusive, and respectful way possible.

Writing Resources

Download PDFs with helpful information on the following topics:

ESL Resources

Helpful Links

  • UNC Chapel Hill's Writing Center's website has excellent, relevant, and helpful guides.
  • Purdue OWL is an excellent resource for MLA formatting guidelines and contains a great deal of excellent reference material.
  • Grammar Rock videos are excellent learning tools for basic grammar information. No, really.
  • Merriam-Webster's online dictionary is easy to use and contains many helpful articles & videos about word use issues as well as a fun "Word of the Day" app and of course a fully functional online dictionary and thesaurus.
  • The Story of English. This PBS documentary from 1986 is available here on a YouTube playlist broken up into many 10-minute segments. The companion book is listed below. It's a very good overview of the history of the English language and its proliferation throughout the world.
  • Free Language Learning Apps!  All UNCSA students, staff, and faculty have access via NCLive to TRANSPARENT Language Learning Apps. Go at your own pace and learn one (or more!) of over 100 languages in the app, from Afrikaans to Dakota to Latvian to Quechua to Welsh and Zulu! Also includes English learning apps for non-native English speakers.

Recommended Reading and Reference Books