|Processing the Writing Process||Does the idea of a writing assignment strike fear in your heart? Or do you regularly brag to your friends that you write your papers the night before? Perhaps you experience writers block? Then this workshop is for you. Here we’ll take you through the beauty that is the writing process as we help you to create a work-in-progress you can be proud of. To register for this event, see the methods listed below. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .||129 Ames Library||5 p.m.-6 p.m.
|Frederick Douglass Transcribe-a-Thon||Come celebrate the birthday of Frederick Douglass, influential writer, speaker, and former slave in the United States of America. Join the nationwide transcribe-a-thon and help record the words of Dr. Anna Julia Cooper, a contemporary of Douglass's as well as a black feminist, scholar, and visionary. Stay for 1/2 hour or stay for the entire time. To register for this event, see the methods listed below. If you have questions, contact email@example.com .||105b Ames Library||11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fri. February 14th|
|The Ultimate Showdown: MLA v.s. APA||Have you always written in APA format and now your professor wants you to switch to MLA? Perhaps you’re an MLA pro and now are completing an assignment using APA? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .||105b Ames Library||
6 p.m.-7 p.m.
|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, see the methods listed below. If you have questions, contact email@example.com .||129 Ames Library||7-8 p.m. Mon. Feb. 24; encore presentation Tues. Feb 25; Follow-Up Wed. March 18th|
|Journalism Writing Group||Would you like to build your experience writing from a journalistic angle? Does it appeal to you to hang out with like-minded individuals and work on your wriitng during a dedicated time every other week? This writers' group is for you. Here, you'll have an experienced tutor on hand to answer questions and guide you through the ins and outs of writing journalistically while also having time to work in the dedicated space of the writing center during our "closed" hours. To register for this event, or if you have questions , contact firstname.lastname@example.org .||105b Ames Library||Starting Tues. Feb 25 at 5 p.m.|
|Creative Writing Group||Do you enjoy writing creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or something else? Would you like to work with like-minded people in a quiet, dedicated space with an experienced tutor on hand? This writers' group is for you. Here, you'll have an experienced tutor on hand to answer questions and guide you through the ins and outs of writing creatively while also having time to work in the dedicated space of the writing center during our "closed" hours. To register for this event, or if you have questions , contact email@example.com .||105b Ames Library||Starting Tues. Mar. 3 at 5 p.m.|
|Writing to Create, Not for the Grade||Do you like writing? Is it something you find cathartic, inspiring, or otherwise enjoyable? This workshop is for you! Here, we’ll discuss the benefits of writing for enjoyment, for the process of creation, and for your own personal fulfillment. Remember, the writing center welcomes personal as well as professional and academic pieces for review! To register for this event, see the methods listed below. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .||105b Ames Library||5 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues. March 31st|
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 Ames 105b:
Sunday 12 noon-5:00 p.m. & 7:00-10 p.m.
Monday-Thursday 1:00-5:00 p.m. & 7:00-10 p.m.
Friday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday 12 noon-2:30 p.m. (online only)
Hours for ELL/ESL tutoring in Buck 09:
Tuesday 12 noon-5 p.m.
Thursday 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The ELL writing center will be closed March 3-March 19, 2020.
It will have additional hours on the following days:
Apr. 23 -10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:15-6:15 p.m., & 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Apr. 24 - 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Apr. 27 - 4:15-6:15 p.m.
Apr. 28 - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
2020 Spring Opening & Closing Dates
|Wednesday, Jan. 16||Open for the semester|
|Monday, Jan. 20||Closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
|Friday, Mar.6-Sunday, Mar. 15||Closed for Spring Break|
|Friday, Apr.10-Sunday, Apr.12||Closed in observance of the Easter holiday|
|Finals Week||Limited hours, TBD|
|If the university is closed for any other reason, so are services provided by the writing center.|