Welcome to the Writing Center
Located in Ames 105B
The Writing Center at Illinois Wesleyan University welcomes all IWU students who would like help with their writing. We are open 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 taken the time to complete a non-credit, semester-long course in tutoring.
Our philosophy is simple: we help student writers help themselves by acting as sympathetic readers, by asking questions, by helping students evaluate their ideas, argument, content, and style, by teaching writers invention, argumentation, drafting, and copyediting strategies they can use on their own. We help students with all the stages of the writing process, from those first rough ideas through prewriting, collecting supporting material, drafting, and final editing and proofreading. We believe that good writing takes work and benefits from several revisions and re-inventions.
We reserve the right to revoke Writing Center privileges for any student who does not engage our services in an ethical, constructive, and respectful manner.
All appointments are now made through our online appointment software--just click on the button above. You must have a iwu.edu email account to use our services. Now you can make and change your appointments yourself, with just a click.
Bring hard copies of both your paper and the prompt!
Papers 5 pages or less: 30 minute tutorial
Papers 5-10 pages: 60 minute tutorial
Papers 10-15 pages: 90 minute tutorial
Papers over 15 pages: 2 hour tutorial
All papers are read during the tutorial
If you're working on a long senior sem paper, establish a relationship with a tutor early in the process.
Priority is given to appointments, but walk-ins are welcome.
2014-15 Opening & Closing Dates
|Wed., Sept. 3, 1:00 pm||Open for the 2012-13 year|
|Thur., Oct. 9, 5:00 pm||Close for Fall Break Day|
|Sun., Oct. 12, 7:00pm||Re-open|
|Mon., Nov. 24, 10:00 pm||Close for Thanksgiving Break|
|Mon., Dec. 1, 1:00pm||Re-open|
|Thur., Dec. 11, 5:00pm||
Close for end of Winter Break
|Wed.,Jan. 14, 1:00 pm||Re-opening for Spring Semester|
|Thur.,Mar. 5, 5:00 pm||Close for Spring Break|
|Mon., Mar. 16, 1:00 pm||Re-opening after Spring Break|
|Sun., Apr. 5(Easter)||Closed 1:00-5:00 ; re-open 7:00 p.m.|
Mon., April 27, 5:00 pm
May Term: Closed
Close for Spring Semester