Welcome to the Writing Center | Tutoring Services!

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Approximate Time (set dates TBA the first week of the semester) Title of the Workshop Workshops' Descriptions Location

Ongoing all Semester, whenever the writing center is open

PCE: Practicing Conversational
English
Online or in-person via WCOnline 

Wednesday, September 15th from 6-7 p.m.

APA? No Way!

Have you always written in MLA 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. 

Ames Library, room 105b

 

Recording available

Thursday, September 30th from 6-7 p.m.

ELLW: English Language Learners Welcome

This workshop is designed specifically for those students who speak English as an additional language. In this workshop, we'll cover the different ways the writing center can offer specific support and guidance to IWU's ELL student population. We'll also have time for a meet and greet with some of a tutors and a chance to answer any questions you might have.

Ames Library, room 105b

Monday, October 4th from 6-7 p.m.

Stay in Style with Chicago

Are you taking a course this semester that requires you to learn Chicago style? This workshop is designed with you in mind! Here, we'll cover what makes Chicago Style a unique citation style while giving you tips to make your citations polished.

Ames 105b

Recording available

Tuesday, October 5th from 6-7 p.m.

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 workshop is for you. We'll meet to discuss inspirational protest writing and work on some of our own. 

Ames Library, room 105b

Recording available

Thursday, October 7th from 6-7 p.m.

Using Writing to Create

This workshop is going to offer you a chance to get in the swing of creative writing. Here, we'll cover some basics, offer some resources, and, of course, challenge you with some fun writing exercises.

Ames Library, room 105b

Recording available

Friday, October 1st- Monday, October 25th 

Trick or Tweet

Back for the third year running is our (in)famous Trick or Tweet Contest. Email your SFW scary stories of 280 characters or less starting October 1st. The WC|TS Staff will choose & notify winners Friday, October 27th . We’ll share winners’ stories on our social media & award 1st-3rd place prizes. Only one prize awarded per winner.

Online Submissions Only to ascanlon@ iwu.edu

Tuesday, October 26th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

GREat Writing: Completing the Analytical Section of the GRE

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.

Ames Library, room 105b

Recording available

Thursday,  November 4th from 6-7 p.m.

 

Let's Get Personal

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.

Ames Library, room 105b

Recording available

How to Register for a Workshop:

As a result of COVID-19, registration is strongly preferred for workshops to better share resources and slow the spread of the 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 "WC|TS Workshops" from the dropdown menu in the top, center. (Its default is Writing Center | Tutoring Services Spring 2021).
  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!

About the Writing Center | Tutoring Services:

Located in Ames Library 105B (to the right if you are directly in front of the circulation desk.)
Phone: (309) 556-3810
Email Contact: Prof. Scanlon at ascanlon@iwu.edu

This image shows a picture of the writing center sign in Ames 105b. It also displays a safezone sticker in the window.
Mission Statement

The work done in tutoring centers occurs firstly between a tutor and his, her, or their peers. However, it is not done in a vacuum. The experiences the student brings to their sessions inform the work they create and thus the community our Writing Center | Tutoring Services builds both on and off campus.

Specifically, with regard to our peer's writing, we view it not an editing process in which the tutor dispenses wisdom and the writer responds. Rather, writing center peer tutoring is an ongoing conversation about writing during which the tutor listens, provides advice, and helps the writer strengthen her, their, or his skills. Everyone can benefit from writing center tutoring.

Additionally, with regard to our student success tutors and course embedded tutors (CETs), we look at these connections as opportunities to share what we've learned works for us to enhance student success and retention across campus.

All of our tutors are selected from a variety of majors at Illinois Wesleyan to assist their peers. Each tutor first takes UNIV 200 or 201, courses designed to teach tutors how to listen, provide advice, and strengthen the skills of their peers, staff, faculty, alumni, and others in the BloNo community. Course materials are chosen to address issues of ongoing racial strife in academia, justice and tutoring, discipline-specific writing tasks, and more. By studying not only where tutoring is currently but also where it can go, we hope to in turn enhance the communities in which we live and work with our knowledge and support.

All course materials are selected to support the mission of The Writing Center | Tutoring Services: While we encourage divergent ideas, we do not welcome dangerous ideologies.

Tutoring Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple: we help our peers help themselves by acting as sympathetic readers and therapeutic listeners, responding to their concerns and offering support. When appropriate, we read our peers' work out loud, ask questions, and help them evaluate their ideas, argument, content, and style. In writing, we teach students 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.

In student success and course-embedded tutoring, our focus is similar. We help our peers learn the important and transferable skills of asking questions, developing plans, furthering reading comprehension, and achieving success in the classroom. Our philosophy is to look at what has worked for us as students in the past and encourage our peers to use similar methods to overcome challenges and succeed in a variety of disciplines.

This image shows a picture of tutor Jason leading a workshop on writing to create, not for the grade.

Hours for Tutoring (all appointments and hours are in Central Time):
Monday-Thursday 1:00-5:00 p.m. & 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 noon-5 p.m. & 7:00-10:00 p.m.


2021 Opening & Closing Dates
If the university is closed for any reason, so are services provided by the writing center.
Monday, August 30th, 2021 The Writing Center | Tutoring Services opens for online and in-person appointments
Friday, October 15th through Sunday, October 17th, 2021 The Writing Center | Tutoring Services is closed for Fall Break
Tuesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 28th, 2021 The Writing Center | Tutoring Services is closed for the break
December 6th, 2021 through finals week Hours are posted on their own schedule on WCOnline. Please select the "finals week" schedule from the drop-down menu.