Welcome to the Writing Center!

 Watch this video for tips on how to navigate WCOnline, our online scheduling and meeting software.

Date and Time   Workshops and Writer's Groups Descriptions Location

Ongoing all Semester

PCE: Practicing Conversational

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 ascanlon@iwu.edu

Online via WCOnline 

More workshops will be forthcoming for Fall 2021.
Watch this space in early August 2021.


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:

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 "Writer Workshops" from the dropdown menu in the top, center. (Its default is Writing Center 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:

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 writing centers occurs firstly between a tutor and his, her, or their writers. However, it is not done in a vacuum. The experiences the writer brings to their sessions inform the writing they create and thus the community our writing center builds both on and off campus. Writing, as we view it, is 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.

Tutors selected from a variety of majors at Illinois Wesleyan to assist their peers first take UNIV 200 or 201, a course 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 writing center’s mission: While we encourage divergent ideas, we do not welcome dangerous ideologies.

Tutoring Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple: we help writers help themselves by acting as sympathetic readers and therapeutic listeners, responding to their concerns and offering support. 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.

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.
Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 The Writing Center opens for online and in-person appointments
Friday, October 15th through Sunday, October 17th, 2021 The Writing Center is closed for Fall Break
Tuesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 28th, 2021 The Writing Center is closed for the break
December 6th, 2021 through finals week TBD