Welcome to the Writing Center!

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Date and Time   Workshops and Writer's Groups Descriptions Location

Ongoing all Semester

PCE: Practicing Conversational
English

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 

Monday, February 1st, at 5 p.m.

Write On! Taking Your Writing to the Next Level

Are you happy with your writing but wish to develop it further? Do you feel capable because of your Gateway class but want to build on those efforts? Perhaps you've noticed your writing skills aren't as honed as some of your other academic abilities. This workshop is designed with you in mind! Here, we'll take you beyond the "thesaurus" function in Word to hone your writing craft. If you have questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu

Online; Zoom link available from ascanlon@iwu.edu*

Friday, February 12th-Sunday, February 14th (during open hours)

Douglass Day: Transcribe-a-Thon

This remote workshop allows writers with an interest in historical documents, the contributions of Black people in America, and/ or the contemporaries of Frederick Douglass the opportunity to work with the worldwide organization, DouglassDay.org, to create electronic versions of many handwritten documents. The method used is transcription, a means of typing documents online that were previously not in e-form. For more information, please contact ascanlon@iwu.ed and look at Douglass Day's website. Open to the public.

Online; Zoom link available from ascanlon@iwu.edu* and on WCOnline 


Tuesday March 2nd at 5 p.m.

Writing as 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? Did the disparate treatment of rioters in the Capitol light your political spark? This workshop is for you. We'll meet to discuss inspirational protest writing and work on some of our own. If you have questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu.

Online; Zoom link available from ascanlon@iwu.edu* and on WCOnline

Thursday, March 4th at 5 p.m. 

Lawyer Up: Personal Statements for Law School In this writer's workshop, the director of the writing center, Prof. Scanlon, will take you through the dos and don'ts of personal statements for law school. She'll cover tips and pitfalls, look at examples with you, and answer any questions you have. She'll also recommend resources and tutors for future advice! This workshop will be recorded. To register or ask for a copy, email ascanlon@iwu.edu Online; Zoom link available from ascanlon@iwu.edu* and on WCOnline

Tuesday, March 9 at 6 p.m.

Personal Statements for PreHealth: Getting Started

Part 1 of 3 (You do not have to attend all 3 workshops): This workshop leads you through the steps to start your personal statement in career fields related to health as well as advising you on key points of the genre. Examples of successful statements will be shared and discussed. If you have questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu. 

Online; Zoom link available from ascanlon@iwu.edu*

Tuesday March 23 at 6 p.m.

Personal Statements for PreHealth: Let's Get Personal

Part 2 of 3 (You do not have to attend all 3 workshops): This workshop leads you towards creating a personal statement that is truly personalized and will stand out if you're applying for graduate school in career fields related to health. Examples of successful statements will be shared and discussed. If you have questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu.

Online; Zoom link available from ascanlon@iwu.edu*

Tuesday April 6 at 6 p.m.

Personal Statements for PreHealth: Polishing Your Prose

Part 3 of 3 (You do not have to attend all 3 workshops): This workshop assists you with tips about how to edit your personal statement, giving ideas for common pitfalls writers step into and ways to avoid them. Examples of successful statements will be shared and discussed. If you have questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu.

Online; Zoom link available from ascanlon@iwu.edu*
* A recording of these events will be available approximately a week after the event. Email Dr. Scanlon for a copy.

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!
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.
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.
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 processes.
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 processes.
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.
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. 
 

About the Writing Center! 

CURRENTLY OFFERING ONLINE-ONLY APPOINTMENTS.

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 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 Spring Opening & Closing Dates

Monday, January 18th, 2021 The writing center is closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 The Writing Center opens for the Spring 2021 semester; online tutoring only
Friday, April 1st-Monday, April 5th, 2021 The Writing Center is closed in observance of the Easter holiday.
Thursday, April 22nd-Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 Finals week; hours TBD.
If the university is closed for any reason, so are services provided by the writing center.