University of Minnesota
student writing support
center for writing

Student Writing Support.Center for Writing's home page.

Hours & locations

In fall 2021, SWS consultations will offer walk-in and virtual consultations.

15 Nicholson Hall (in-person walk-in)

Log in to mySWS and click "view walk-in schedules" to find writing consultants' specific hours in Nicholson.


Walk-in writing consultations

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Computer lab and study space

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The Nicholson computer lab is funded by a generous grant from the CLA Student Information Technology Fees Committee. For printing, we accept UCards only, charging ten cents per page. You can add money to your Ucard at a cash-to-Gopher-Gold station or online (for a $2.00 fee).

Note: If you have come to Nicholson Hall for a consultation, the consultant can print your paper for free.


SWS-Zoom (by appointment)

We have many appointments available at a variety of start times, and we're happy to help you make one! You can also go to mySWS to make an appointment on your own. Pro tip: We often have immediate openings! Check mySWS frequently or visit the virtual front desk.


Mondays through Thursdays

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


9:00 AM to 2:15 PM (online appointments only) keyboard

Daytime and evening appointments are available Mondays through Thursdays; daytime-only appointments are available on Fridays. Check the schedule on mySWS to make an appointment.

Pro tip: We often have last-minute openings! For evening appointments, begin checking at 3:45 pm Central Time for new openings!

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