Welcome to the Writing Center | Tutoring Services!

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Time and Date Title of the Workshop Workshops' Descriptions Location

Ongoing all Semester, whenever the writing center is open

PCE: Practicing Conversational
English
Online via WCOnline 

Thursday, January 27th from 5 to 6 p.m. (central time)

Out of Line Outlines: Crafting a Paper from the Ground Up

This workshop will introduce the concept of creating outlines and reverse outlines, going over the ways in which you can write a more organized, better flowing essay. This workshop is also useful for planning presentations, drafting fiction, and writing poetry.

Online via Zoom; email ascanlon@iwu.edu for the link and passcode; recording of the event will be available approximately one week after the event

Monday, February 14th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (central time)

Douglass Day Transcribe-A-Thon

Come to the WCTS space (or join us online) to work on transcribing (taking from written or typed form into electronic form) the work of Frederick Douglass's contemporaries. This year, we're specifically looking at a variety of Black activists from the nineteenth century. We'll serve birthday cake and help you with the transcriptions. No prior knowledge of how to transcribe is necessary. Open to all IWU students, alumni, staff, faculty, and BloNo community members. Email ascanlon@iwu.edu with questions.

Ames Library Room 105b; Zoom link available upon request -- email ascanlon@ iwu.edu 

Wednesday, February 16th from 7 to 10 p.m. (central time)

Study "Write" Almost All Night: Midterms

Come get study and writing support in time for your midterms! (In tandem with SSTs).

Ames Library Room 105b

Tuesday, February 22nd from 6 to 7 p.m. (central time)

Gender Equity in Writing: a Nuanced Approach

This workshop will guide writers in ways to write about gender and all of its nuances. Our tutor will take you through this approach to equitable writing, answer any questions you have, and offer resources for future exploration. Email ascanlon@iwu.edu with questions or to get a copy of the recording.

Ames Library room 105b; a recording of the event will be available approximately one week after the event

Thursday, February 24th from 5 to 6 p.m. (central time)

Let's Get Personal: Part One

Do you have to write a personal statement for a future career in medicine (doctor, PA, OT, PT, advanced practice nurse, Ph.D.)? This workshop is designed to get you started on this path by taking a look at what the expectations are for a statement of purpose in these fields. Part 1 of 3. (You do not have to attend all 3 workshops.)

Online via Zoom; email ascanlon@iwu.edu for the link and passcode; recording of the event will be available approximately one week after the event

Thursday, March 3rd from 5 to 6 p.m. (central time)

Let's Get Personal: Part Two

Do you have to write a personal statement for a future career in medicine (doctor, PA, OT, PT, advanced practice nurse, Ph.D.)? This workshop is designed to move to next steps including looking at supplemental essay expectations. Part 2 of 3. (You do not have to attend all 3 workshops.)

Online via Zoom; email ascanlon@iwu.edu for the link and passcode; recording of the event will be available approximately one week after the event

Thursday, March 10th from 5 to 6 p.m. (central time)

Let's Get Personal: Part Three

Do you have to write a personal statement for a future career in medicine (doctor, PA, OT, PT, advanced practice nurse, Ph.D.)? This workshop is designed help you polish up your statement and avoid common pitfalls. Part 3 of 3.

Online via Zoom; email ascanlon@iwu.edu for the link and passcode; recording of the event will be available approximately one week after the event

Reading Day: April 21st from 7 to 11 p.m. (central time)

Study "Write" Almost All Night: Finals Edition

This workshop is a chance to get walk-in support on your papers and to brush up on your study skills while scoring some snacks. Take the time to meet with a tutor or use the WCTS as a convenient study space as you prepare for your finals. (In tandem with SSTs).

Ames Library Room 105b

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 Spring 2022).
  3. Find the date and time of your chosen workshop, click on the corresponding 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.)
Email Contact: Prof. Anna Scanlon (she/her) at ascanlon@iwu.edu
Phone Number: (309) 556-3858

a photo of the newly refreshed space with BLM and LGBT support flags
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):
Sunday-Thursday 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m. & 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.
We are also piloting 11 a.m. to 12 noon hours on Wednesdays.


Spring 2022 Opening & Closing Dates
If the university is closed for any reason, so are services provided by the writing center.
Monday, January 10th, 2022 The Writing Center | Tutoring Services opens for online-only appointments. We hope to return to online AND in-person appointments Jan. 24.
Monday, January 17th, 2022 The Writing Center | Tutoring Services is closed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Saturday, March 12th through Sunday, March 20th, 2022 The Writing Center | Tutoring Services is closed for Spring Break
Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th, 2022 We are closed for the Easter holiday as many of our students celebrate with their families.
Thursday, April 21st, 2022 through finals week Hours are TBD based on tutors' availability and will be posted a week before finals begin.