Writing Center

Welcome to the Writing Center!

We are open during May Term! Our standard Writing Center Hours will be in effect. However, we will only offer ONLINE, synchronous appointments. For more on how to navigate these appointments, look at the resources section of our website under heading 13.2.

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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 ascanlon@iwu.edu
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 ascanlon@iwu.edu
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 ascanlon@iwu.edu
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 ascanlon@iwu.edu
In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, we are working to create downloadable lessons based on the workshops we would have offered. Please be patient as we record these resources so students may still get the information. If you would like to get one of these lessons emailed to you, please contact ascanlon@iwu.edu
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 and receive the recorded lecture, see below. If you have  questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu
Let's Get Personal (Maybe Medicine Pt. 2) This workshop is a follow-up to our February 24 and encore February 25 workshops, but you don’t need to have attended one of those to come to this presentation! Here, we will take you through the work done to craft a personal statement by giving you time to draft, making suggestions based on your personal goals, and talking through some more of the genre-specific qualities of a strong PreHealth personal statement.  To register for this event and receive the recorded lecture, see below. If you have  questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu
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 and receive the recorded lecture, see below. If you have  questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu
Make a Statement (Maybe Medicine Pt. 3) This workshop is the final one to craft a PreHealth 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. We’ll go over common pitfalls, grammar tips, and give you time with an experienced tutor. You do not need to have attended the 2 previous workshop to attend this one! To register for this event and receive the recorded lecture, see below. If you have  questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu

How to Register for a Workshop:

Registration is prefered but not required for workshops:

  1. Email ascanlon@iwu.edu and let Dr. Scanlon know what workshop(s) you are interested in.
  2. Dr. 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.
Couches in WC
The signatures of famous authors accent the cozy, welcoming atmosphere of Illinois Wesleyan's writing center.
Tutorial A
A peer tutor and student work together at one of the tables in the writing center on a Senior Seminar paper.
tutorial B
A tutor goes over some passages in a student's paper, giving advice about higher and lower-order concerns.
Shelby hard at work
A tutor uses a reading hour to look at a student's paper before meeting with him, her, or them. Often tutors will work on longer papers during reading hours and then hold a face-to-face tutorial once they have compiled feedback.
 

 

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 1 p.m. -5:00 p.m. & 7:00-10 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday 1:00-5:00 p.m. & 7:00-10 p.m.
Friday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. - 4 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
Monday, May 25 Closed in observance of Memorial Day
If the university is closed for any other reason, so are services provided by the writing center.

 Contact Us:

IWU Writing Center
Bloomington, IL 61702
(309) 556-3810
writcent@iwu.edu

Writing Center Director:
Dr. Anna Scanlon
ascanlon@iwu.edu 

 

Location:

Ames Library, 105B