Center for Writing


The Center Is Open Online This Fall

Until campus reopens for classes, all Center sessions will be held via Teams video chat. Ongoing and one-time sessions are available. 

See full instructions for video chat with Teams.
If you have any questions, or if remote sessions pose a problem for you, please email John Lundberg or Kit Nicholls, or reach out to us via Teams.

About the Center for Writing

The Center for Writing offers support and feedback on all types of written and spoken communication for the students, staff and faculty at Cooper Union. Writing Associates are experienced classroom instructors, with advanced degrees and a special interest in writing pedagogy. Our mission is to improve student writing across the curriculum and to support faculty in the teaching of writing and in their own writing.

We work with students at all levels of experience on all sorts of issues relating to reading, writing, and speech.

While the Center’s main charge is to offer one-on-one and small group sessions, we also oversee several initiatives that contribute to our mission:

  • Union: A Journal of Student Writing
  • The Cooper Union Writing Group
  • The Writing Fellows Program

One-on-one or small-group sessions may focus on:

  • All stages of course assignments, projects and presentations
  • Outside or independent work
  • Grant, graduate, and fellowship proposals and applications
  • Particular issues, skills, or concerns, including ESL and learning disabilities
  • Strategies for effective reading, writing, and presentations

You may:

  • Want to learn how to write a college-level essay instead of a high-school-level report
  • Need to learn how to create an essay without last-minute panic
  • Be looking for tools on how to start an essay, outline, write in stages, and edit
  • Need to talk through ideas or be looking for a sounding board
  • Want an impartial critic to take a look at your work
  • Want to learn how to plan a presentation
  • Require a mediator or guide for group projects
  • Want help with ESL issues, learning difficulties or confidence issues
  • Bring projects at any stage of development to a session at the Center.


Center for Writing
41 Cooper Square
Room 306
3rd Floor, south end of building
General Information (no messages, please): (212) 353-4218

Monday - Friday: 10 am to 6 pm

Kit Nicholls

Associate Director:
John Lundberg


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.