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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. X
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 email@example.com.
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:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let Prof. Scanlon know what workshop(s) you are interested in.
Prof. Scanlon will register you for whichever one(s) you indicate.
You will get a confirmation email and the lecture sent to your IWU account.
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.
Select "Writer Workshops Fall 2020" from the dropdown menu in the top, center. (Its
default is Writing Center Fall 2020).
Find the date and time of your chosen workshop, click on the white box, and add your
name to the list.
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 Katie Fata (L) and Isabel Sperry (R) pose with Director Anna Scanlon (Center)
at a writers' conference in January 2020.
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
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.
Located in Ames Library 105B (to the right if you are directly in front of the circulation
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):