Welcome to the Writing Center!

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Date and Time   Workshops and Writer's Groups Descriptions Location

Ongoing all Semester

PCE: Practicing Conversational
This writers' group is for students who speak English as an additional language (meaning it is not your first or home language.) You are welcome to schedule with any tutor listed under "Practice Conversational English" on iwu.mywconline.com. These tutors talk with you (in English) in a low-pressure setting. Here, you should feel comfortable talking about everything from holidays to sending your professor an email. You can also practice for job interviews!  If you have  questions about this program, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu Online via WCOnline 

Friday September

2 p.m. CDT 

MLA-Making Language Awesome Has your professor required you to write in MLA? Do you need a bit of help going over the basics of the citation style? Perhaps you have a few questions! Bring them and any citations you've worked on to this online writing workshop to gain insight and information on this awesome citation style! To register for this event, see below. If you have  questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu Online; recording available

Tuesday, September 8th 

6 p.m. CDT

APA: 6th versus 7th Edition--What You Need to Know Have you always written in 6th edition APA format and now your professor wants you to switch to the newer style? Perhaps you're starting out and are unfamiliar with APA in general. This workshop is designed with you in mind! We’re here to take you through the general differences of each style as well as discuss pitfalls writers can avoid as they work through the process of writing. To register for this event, see the methods listed below. If you have  questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu Online; recording available

Thursday, September 10th
7 p.m. CDT

Writing for Protest Are you interested in social justice? Do you support a variety of causes but are feeling a bit hindered as a result of the COVID Pandemic? This writers' group is for you. We'll meet weekly (you don't have to come every time!) and virtually to discuss inspirational protest writing and work on some of our own. To register for this group, see the methods listed below. If you have  questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu Online

Tuesday, September 22nd

6 p.m. CDT

Let's Get Personal: Grad School Personal Statements Are you applying to graduate school? This workshop is for you! We'll cover the ins and outs of writing personal statements, give you some tips from a pro, and answer any questions you have. We'll also recommend tutors able to help you on your writing journey. To register for this event or to receive the recorded lecture, see below. If you have  questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu Online; recording available

October 1st - October 25th at 11:59 p.m. CT

Trick or Tweet It's baaaaack... Are you a genius storyteller? Do you like to share a scare? This contest is for you! Running from October 1st-October 25th at 11:59 p.m., send ascanlon@iwu.edu your suitable-for-work scary story (no triggering content; let's keep it PG). The catch is it can only be the length of a tweet--280 characters or less! Prizes will be awarded by the writing center staff to first, second, and third place. You may submit up to 3 stories. Stories that do not meet the criteria will be discarded. Winners will be notified by October 30th. Email

Tuesday, October 6th

6 p.m. CDT

GREat Writing This workshop is designed to help writers tackle the analytical portion of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). We take writers through what good essays include, how to get a high score, and what resources are available both online on-campus and online in general.  To register for this event or to receive the recorded lecture, see below. If you have  questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu . X Online; recording available
Tuesday, October 27th

7 p.m. CDT 
Maybe Medicine? Moving from Maybe to Definitely with a Strong Personal Statement Are you thinking about applying to graduate school with a focus in medicine? Perhaps you want to become an advanced practice nurse? Maybe dentistry is more your speed? Does an MD appeal to you? This workshop will take you through the work done to craft a personal statement that will set you up for an interview with the college(s) of your choice. We’ve planned this one well before most application deadlines, too, so you can return to meet with a tutor several times before your final statement is due. To register for this event or to receive the recorded lecture, see the methods listed below. If you have  questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu Online; recording available

How to Register for a Workshop:

As a result of COVID-19, registration is required for workshops and writers' groups to better share resources and prevent the spread of this virus:

Method One:
  1. Email ascanlon@iwu.edu and let Prof. Scanlon know what workshop(s) you are interested in.
  2. Prof. Scanlon will register you for whichever one(s) you indicate.
  3. You will get a confirmation email and the lecture sent to your IWU account.
Method Two:
  1. Visit iwu.mywconline.com and register (if it's your first time) or log in (if you've met with a tutor and/ or gone to a workshop before) with your IWU email.
  2. Select "Writer Workshops Fall 2020" from the dropdown menu in the top, center. (Its default is Writing Center Fall 2020).
  3. Find the date and time of your chosen workshop, click on the white box, and add your name to the list.
  4. Email ascanlon@iwu.edu if you have any questions!
Couches in the Writing Center
The signatures of famous authors accent the cozy, welcoming atmosphere of Illinois Wesleyan's writing center. All writers--students, faculty, staff, and alumni--are encouraged to bring any project or any idea for a writing project or presentation to the space.
Tutors Isabel Sperry and Katie Fata pose with Director Anna Scanlon at the WI Writer's Symposium
Tutors Katie Fata (L) and Isabel Sperry (R) pose with Director Anna Scanlon (Center) at a writers' conference in January 2020. 
Tutor Jason stands at a podium listening to an attendee's question
In Spring 2020, junior chemistry and physics major, Jason, led writers in a workshop on moving past writers' block. He gave them techniques for writing when you're stumped, discussed attendees' ideas about writing, and ended with some suggestions for writing processes.
The image shows the writing center's sign with hours alongside a safezone sign
The writing center encourages a respectful diversity of prespectives, experiences, and majors. We welcome writers from among Illinois Wesleyan's faculty, staff, alumni, and students. We do not believe there are bad writers, only writers who haven't yet found what there is to enjoy about writing. 


About the Writing Center! 

Located in Ames Library 105B (to the right if you are directly in front of the circulation desk.)

Phone: (309) 556-3810

The Writing Center at Illinois Wesleyan University welcomes all IWU students, staff, and faculty who would like help with their writing. We are open most afternoons and evenings during the school year. We're conveniently located on the first floor of The Ames Library.

Our tutors are all students at Wesleyan, and come from a variety of majors. In many cases they've taken the same courses in which their clients are enrolled, and have tackled similar writing assignments. They've also taken the time to complete a semester-long course in tutoring pedagogy.

Our philosophy is simple: we help writers help themselves by acting as sympathetic readers and therapeutic listeners. We read the writers' work out loud, ask questions, and help them evaluate their ideas, argument, content, and style. We teach writers the important, transferable skills of invention, argumentation, drafting, and proofreading. We help writers at all the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming those first rough ideas through pre-writing, collecting supporting material, drafting, and making final edits. We believe that good writing takes work and benefits from several revisions and re-inventions.

Hours for Online Tutoring (all appointments and hours are CST):

Sunday-Thursday 1:00-5:00 p.m. & 7:00-10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.

2020 Fall Opening & Closing Dates

Monday August 24th, 2020 The Writing Center opens for the semester; online tutoring only
Wednesday November 18th - Friday November 20th, 2020 Finals week; hours TBD.
If the university is closed for any reason, so are services provided by the writing center.