University Writing Guide
Writing For and About Illinois Wesleyan
Prepared by the Office of University Communications
This style guide was developed to serve as a helpful resource for those who create
written materials targeted at external audiences. Use of the guide will result in
more consistency of style in University publications and other communications. It
is designed to provide:
- answers to commonly asked questions related to writing about Illinois Wesleyan,
- key facts and information about the University, its programs, buildings, etc., and
- helpful writing style and usage guidelines based on the Associated Press Stylebook, which is used extensively by the media and by publications of many types.
Use of the Guide
Writing For and About Illinois Wesleyan University is intended as a reference for any document or Web text produced for the campuswide
audience or for the general public. It is not meant as a guide for technical or academic
The main source used for this guide is the Associated Press Stylebook, which is intended for a general audience. Whenever text is sent to University Communications,
the AP Stylebook will be the basis for editing. Other reference materials that may be helpful include
Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style and Webster’s New College Dictionary.
While adherence to the guide is not mandatory, it is encouraged. We realize that style
may need to vary in certain circumstances and hope that individual departments will
use discretion when deviating from the guide.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Office of University
Communications by phone at (309) 556-3181, by fax at (309) 556-3804 or by e-mail at