Leckrone Academic Resource Center

Writing Center

Located within the Library (1st floor), the Writing Center offers face-to-face peer tutoring for students’ course writing.  Writing tutors are available during weekdays, in the evening and on weekends in the library.  Online response to course writing is also available for students who are not on the main campus in Romeoville. Students can either make a Real Time Online response appointment or email their paper to WritingCenter@lewisu.edu for feedback.

The Writing Center offers assistance with:  

  • Generating ideas and developing content
  • Organizing, editing, and revising
  • Forming coherent paragraphs
  • Composing smoother sentences
  • Choosing words wisely
  • Developing proofreading and editing skills
  • Improving research skills
  • Citing MLA, APA, and Chicago Style

Writing tutors can help student writers at various levels of experience and at any stage of the writing process. Tutors come from a variety of majors and are trained to analyze a piece of writing in order to help improve a writer’s writing and writing project.

The tutors in the Writing Center will not correct or edit your writing; instead, they will ask you relevant questions about your work and discuss in detail the options and strategies available to you for making your writing more effective—in terms of content, organization, language use, and format style. We encourage you to stop by; we have a welcoming and energetic space for students and tutors enjoy helping others become more effective writers.

To Make a Writing Center Appointment

There are several ways writers can meet with a Writing Center tutor.

If you would like to make a face-to-face appointment at the Writing Center, please click the Make an Appointment graphic; if you have any questions

Make an Appointment
about making your appointment, please contact the Writing Center at (815) 836-5427. You can sign up for a thirty minute appointment; however, you are encouraged to sign up for two 30 minute sessions to work with a tutor for one hour. Real Time Online appointments should be scheduled for two 30 minute sessions. Walk-ins are also welcome.

You should bring the following to your tutoring session: the instructor’s assignment sheet, evaluation criteria, any class notes about the assignment, and a complete or partial draft.

Similar to a face-to-face appointment, writers who are unable to come to campus can collaborate with a tutor in a Real Time Online appointment using Google Documents. When making your appointment at lewisu.edu/appointment, select “Real Time Online Response,” upload your paper, assignment sheet, and evaluation rubric. The tutor will contact you at the beginning of your session.

You can also email your paper to writingcenter@lewisu.edu to receive feedback on your writing. In the email, you should include:

  • your draft;
  • the assignment sheet; 
  • any evaluation criteria/grade sheet;
  • your phone number in case we need to call you;
  • class and instructor;
  • and what you'd like feedback on.

No appointment is necessary to email your paper to the Writing Center. A tutor will respond by email with comments within 24-48 hours.

Writing Center Hotline

For quick writing questions, writers can call the Writing Center hotline at (815) 588-7301 or Facebook message the Lewis University Writing Center. If your question exceeds five minutes, please make an appointment by visiting lewisu.edu/appointment, or call (815) 836-5427.

Free Writing Workshops

The Writing Center offers a variety of free writing workshops. Workshops include Intro to Graduate Level Writing, APA Basics, and Advanced APA. Workshops are held at various Lewis University campuses throughout the semester. For more information on workshops, contact (815) 836-5427.

Services for Faculty

The Writing Center offers mobile tutoring to help writers in your classroom at any stage of the writing process.

With mobile tutoring, a tutor will come to your classroom, work with your students, and answer student writing questions by collaborating and offering feedback on assigned writing projects as they would in a regular tutoring session. Writers will establish and build relationships with tutors for future peer-to-peer collaboration as well as strengthen their writing ability and knowledge.

You and the tutor work together in a collaborative environment so writers can get the attention they need for a particular assignment. Tutors can help with a variety of topics, such as a peer review or revision workshops, generating ideas, prewriting exercises, organizing and connecting ideas, paragraph structure, sentence clarity, research skills, using and integrating sources, and citing APA, MLA, and Chicago Style. Your tutor may also facilitate a writing workshop based on your students’ writing needs.

In addition, the Writing Center also provides consulting and feedback on assignment design and evaluation rubrics; guidance in best practices for responding to students’ writing; writing to learn activities to support course learning and writing; and useful writing resources.

For questions and scheduling, contact Dr. Jennifer Consilio, Associate Professor of English and Writing Center Director, at (815) 836-5727 or via e-mail at consilje@lewisu.edu.

For Additional Information

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For additional information about the Writing Center, please contact Dr. Jennifer Consilio, Writing Center Director, at (815) 836-5727 or via e-mail at consilje@lewisu.edu.