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

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5 Reasons to Drop 5 Paragraph Essays An event aimed at teaching college first and second years the MEAL plan for paragraphs and the importance of writing longer, collegiate-level papers. Led by experienced tutors, this event is sure to get you thinking differently about your writing process. RSVPs are appreciated but not required and can be sent to ascanlon@neonmusicalinsight.com along with any questions! 105b Ames Library 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday October 3
APA? No way! This hour-long event is structured to help writers who struggle with APA documentation. We'll take you through the basics, listen to questions you have, and provide you with resources to better master the APA style. This even it led by experienced tutors who know APA and want you to know it, too. RSVPs are appreciated but not required and can be sent to  ascanlon@neonmusicalinsight.com   along with any questions! 105b Ames Library 6p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday October 9
Trick or Tweet Can you write a suitable-for-work scary story in 280 characters or less? We want to read it! Submit your scary stories to our director at ascanlon@neonmusicalinsight.com the week of October 21st. The DEADline (get it?) has been extended to Saturday, October 26th at midnight. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners. All IWU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to participate. Early submissions, ones with triggering content, NSFW stories, and those which exceed the 280 character count will not be considered. E-mail October 21 through October 25 at 5 p.m.
Writing in Sociology and Anthropology In tandem with the Sociology and Anthropology Department here at IWU, the writing center is assisting with this informative, lunch-time meeting about writing in these disciplines. SFH 202 Wednesday Nov. 13 12 to 1 p.m.

 

The Winners of our Trick or Tweet Contest have been notified. Here are their names and scary stories, terrifying tales, and humorous horror:

1st Place was actually a tie between two stories by the same author,  Rachel Rosch,  who wrote:
The house fire blazes. They shriek in agony. She grins. They should have bought her cookies.
AND
Little Sally floats on calm waters. A ripple. A shadow. The water thrashes, blood red. Calm water returns. Sally does not.
 
2nd Place goes to  Gillian Thomson  who wrote:
My grandfather’s old clock should chime on the hour as all clocks should. Instead it chimes only when calamity is imminent; a deep resonance that announces death and misery. I wish I could be rid of it. But Death will not be denied his dues. Tonight it chimes again. It’s for me.
 
And third place was a three-way tie between:
 
Dick Folse who wrote:
Lying in the dank earth, she focused on the stench of black lesions rotting the Indian hawthorn leaves that punctuated her death bed. The nausea from her lanced, wet scalp dissipated as she drifted from consciousness, afraid no more. The end was near; her killer quietly watching.
 
Abigail Mathis who wrote: 
I had just come back from gym class and was in need of a long hot shower.  Walking into the public restroom with my hot pink robe on, I turned the shower head all the way to the right.  Nothing.  No water came out of the shower head!  The horror. The sadness. The smell. The end.
 
Evan Anderson  who wrote:
He had always loved the lake. He was a strong swimmer and could hold his breath for a long time. As he dove he saw a fish, which was rare, so he decided to follow it into the deep water. The fish darted away, and then he saw it. A large mass floated up from the darkness.

 

 

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.

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.

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday 1:00-5:00 & 7:00-10:00pm
Friday 1:00-4:00pm
Saturday Closed

2019 Fall Opening & Closing Dates

Monday, Sept. 2, 1:00 p.m. Open for the Fall Semester
Thursday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m. Close for Fall Break
Monday, Oct. 21, 1:00pm Re-open after Fall Break
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 4:00 pm Close for Thanksgiving Break
Monday Dec. 2, 1:00pm Re-open after Thanksgiving Break
Finals Week Limited hours, TBD

 Contact Us:

IWU Writing Center
Bloomington, IL 61702
(309) 556-3810
writcent@neonmusicalinsight.com

Writing Center Director:
Dr. Anna Scanlon
ascanlon@neonmusicalinsight.com 

 

Location:

Ames Library, 105B