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Upcoming Events Hosted in the Writing Center, by the Writing Center

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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 129 Ames Library 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Tues.
February 11th
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 105b Ames Library 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fri. February 14th
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 105b Ames Library 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wed.
February 19th
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 129 Ames Library 7-8 p.m. Mon. Feb. 24;  encore presentation Tues. Feb 25; Follow-Up Wed. March 18th
Journalism Writing Group Would you like to build your experience writing from a journalistic angle? Does it appeal to you to hang out with like-minded individuals and work on your wriitng during a dedicated time every other week? This writers' group is for you. Here, you'll have an experienced tutor on hand to answer questions and guide you through the ins and outs of writing journalistically while also having time to work in the dedicated space of the writing center during our "closed" hours. To register for this event, or if you have questions , contact ascanlon@iwu.edu 105b Ames Library Starting Tues. Feb 25 at 5 p.m.
Creative Writing Group Do you enjoy writing creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or something else? Would you like to work with like-minded people in a quiet, dedicated space with an experienced tutor on hand? This writers' group is for you. Here, you'll have an experienced tutor on hand to answer questions and guide you through the ins and outs of writing creatively while also having time to work in the dedicated space of the writing center during our "closed" hours.  To register for this event, or if you have questions , contact ascanlon@iwu.edu 105b Ames Library Starting Tues. Mar. 3 at 5 p.m.
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, see the methods listed below. If you have  questions, contact ascanlon@iwu.edu 105b Ames Library 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues. March 31st

How to Register for a Workshop:

Registration is prefered but not required for workshops; for writers' groups, simply email ascanlon@iwu.edu or go to the writing center at the given time.

Option 1:

  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.

Option 2: 

  1. Log on to https://iwu.mywconline.com/ and (register for an account if you haven’t already and) sign in.
  2. Select “Workshops Spring 2020 from the schedule drop-down.
  3. Go to the date of the workshop you'd like, click on it, and sign up.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email.
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 Ames 105b:

Sunday 12 noon-5:00 p.m. & 7:00-10 p.m.
Monday-Thursday 1:00-5:00 p.m. & 7:00-10 p.m.
Friday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday 12 noon-2:30 p.m. (online only)

Hours for ELL/ESL tutoring in Buck 09:

Tuesday 12 noon-5 p.m.
Thursday 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The ELL writing center will be closed March 3-March 19, 2020.
It will have additional hours on the following days:

Apr. 23 -10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:15-6:15 p.m., & 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Apr. 24 - 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Apr. 27 - 4:15-6:15 p.m.
Apr. 28 - 9 a.m.-5 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, TBD
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