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Individual writing consultation

The Writing Centre is a place where all members of the FAU community–students, staff, and faculty–are welcome to get help with writing in English free of charge.

Do you need to write an essay, paper, proposal, CV, letter, abstract, thesis, report or something else in English? I am available to help you at any stage of the writing process. This could include discussing your ideas to further develop them, creating graphic organizers to define structures, identifying and applying grammatical conventions, and fine-tuning language to ensure the meaning is clear and diction is appropriate.

What is most important is that the writing is yours and remains yours. This means that I won’t write for you, tell you what or how to write, nor will I „correct“ what you have written. Rather, I am here to support you in doing the best writing that you can.

  • Choose a time you would like to meet for individualized help with your writing. Appointments generally  last 45-50 minutes.
  • You can sign up for the Schlossplatz time slots by clicking the Schedule an Appointment at Schlossplatz button below or by sending an email to
    • Schlossplatz 1, 01.011, Erlangen
      Tuesdays 12:00-15:00 and 16:00-18:00
      Wednesdays 15:00-16:00 and 17:00-18:00

  • Starting June 29th, the Writing Centre also offers consultations at the EWF campus in Nuremberg. To make an appointment at the EWF campus, click the Schedule an Appointment at Dutzendeich button below, or send an email to:
    • Dutzendteichstraße 24, St. Paul 00.512, Nürnberg
      Thursdays 13:00-17:00

  • You are welcome to bring along any notes, drafts, or explanations of the assignment that will help convey the goal of the writing task at hand.
  • If you can’t make it to a scheduled appointment, please email me to let me know–ideally at least 24 hours in advance.

Writing courses

The FAU SprachenZentrum (Language Centre) offers many academic writing courses in English for various levels of learners. Current offers are available in Univis.

English Writing Consultant

Shira Richman, MFA, has been teaching writing and literature for over 10 years and has written for companies such as PUMA and adidas. She is from Seattle, Washington, and has lived in a variety of places, including: a fishing village in Alaska; New York City; Patna, India; and a kibbutz in Israel. In her free time she enjoys writing poetry and learning German.