Writing Center

Larry Nichols

  • Director

    Perpetually curious about what it takes to write well, for over forty years, I have wrestled with questions and teaching strategies based on two core beliefs: that anyone can write well and that any piece of writing can become effective. Since 1993, as the Seattle University Writing Center Director, I have invested those beliefs most in helping over 200 SU undergraduate writing consultants learn skillful means of helping students successfully negotiate all sorts of writing tasks. Invested in bringing writing center professionals into dialogue, I served as a founding board member and President of the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association. Assignment design across-the-curriculum and the impact of writing center work on undergraduates are my primary current research interests. Though my interest in writing-across- the-curriculum is informed by my having taught most of the types writing courses offered on American college campuses, beyond my writing center work, I am most devoted to teaching reflective writing and creative non-fiction. Beyond my work as Writing Center Director, I enjoy consulting privately with academics, university students, and other writers whom I engage in inspiring work that produces dynamic writing.

    Highlights of Academic Career

    Director of the Writing Center and Lecturer in English, Seattle University 1993-present
    Study Skills Instructor (part-time), Shoreline Community College, 1990-1999
    Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Writing Program, University of Washington, 1990-1992
    Academic Advisor and Tutorial Coordinator, University of Washington, 1987-1990
    Tenured English Instructor, Peninsula College, 1983-1987

    Academic Awards, Professional Affiliations

    Founding Treasurer and Past President, Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association
    Outstanding Contract Faculty Member, College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University
    Board Member and Secretary, Washington Community and Technical College Humanities Association
    Education Professions Development Act Fellow, University of Iowa


    BA in English, University of Washington
    MA in English, University of Iowa
    EdS in Higher Education, University of Iowa


    Tel: (206)296-5309
    Fax: (206) 296-5997

  • Hours and Location

    Summer Hours
    July 1 – August 15
    Monday - Thursday
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Fall, Winter, & Spring Hours
    Monday - Thursday
    9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Lemieux Library, Second Floor

    Phone Number
    (206) 296-6239