Writing Center

The Writing Center offers face-to-face and online peer writing tutoring. The Writing Center offers assistance with the following:

  • Generating ideas and developing content
  • Organizing, editing, and revising
  • Transitioning between ideas and sections
  • Developing proofreading and editing skills
  • Developing professional documents such as resumes, cover letters, scholarship and fellowship essays, and personal statements
  • Integrating sources
  • Properly formatting in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style

Writing tutors can help 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 the writer strengthen their writing ability and have a clear plan to feel confident during the revision process. The tutors do not correct or edit writing; instead, they will ask you relevant questions about your work and discuss strategies to improve your writing.

APPOINTMENT TYPES
  • Face-to-Face appointments: The writer meets with the tutor one-on-one to read through the paper aloud and discuss specific strategies for revision. You should bring the assignment sheet, evaluation criteria/rubric, any class notes about the assignment, and a complete or partial draft if you have one. This can be scheduled for 30, 60, or 90 minutes. Walk-ins are also welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

  • Real-Time Phone appointments: The tutor calls the writer on the phone to engage in a conversation about the writing and devise a plan for revision. Both the writer and tutor use Google Docs to view the paper and highlight patterns or necessary changes. When making your appointment at lewisu.edu/appointment, select “Real-Time Phone,” and upload your paper, assignment sheet, and evaluation rubric. The tutor will contact you at the beginning of your session. This appointment type must be scheduled for a minimum of 60 minutes.

  • Joint Writing Center and Research Librarian appointments: Writers meet with both a tutor and a library staff member. This type of appointment is highly recommended for writers who need support during the research process. This appointment type must be scheduled for a minimum of 60 minutes.

  • Email Online Response: Writers receive written feedback to their papers via email. Writers should email their draft, assignment sheet, rubric, the name of the class and instructor, and what you’d like feedback to writingcenter@lewisu.edu. No appointment is necessary. A tutor will provide feedback within 24-48 hours.

Make an Appointment

To schedule a Face-to-Face, Real Time Phone, or Joint Writing Center Tutor and Research Librarian Appointment please visit lewisu.edu/appointment

LOCATIONS/HOURS OF OPERATION

Main Writing Center: Located on the first floor of the Library at the Romeoville campus. Open daily. Hours vary by semester.

Graduate Writing Services: Located on the third floor of the LRC in room 336 at the Romeoville campus. Days/hours of operation vary by semester.

Oak Brook: 1111 W. 22nd Street, Suite 700, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Days/hours of operation vary by semester.

THE WRITING CENTER: GRADUATE WRITING SERVICES

Students seeking graduate writing support can visit us in LRC 336 for help with course specific writing assignments as well as:

  • graduate school statements
  • personal statements
  • scholarship and fellowship essays
  • volunteer and service applications
  • resumes and letters of intent

Graduate tutors are indicated on our schedule with “(Graduate Tutor)” next to their names. Our schedule can be found at lewisu.edu/appointment

FREE WRITING WORKSHOPS

The Writing Center offers a variety of free writing workshops. Workshops currently include Intro to Graduate Level Writing, APA, and Literature Reviews. <

ONLINE WRITING LAB (OWL)

The Writing Center has an Online Writing Lab (OWL) where writers can access a variety of writing resources on topics such as:

  • Formatting in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style
  • Writing Process and design
  • ESL/ELL
  • Resumes and cover letters
  • And much more!

To access the OWL, visit lewisuwritingcenter.wordpress.com or login to MyLewis and click on the Writing Center logo under the resources tab.

SERVICES FOR FACULTY

Brief Writing Center Presentations: This presentation covers information about the Writing Center's services and resources. This presentation takes approximately 10 minutes. Must be requested at least one week in advance.

In Class Tutoring: Instructors can request Writing Center tutors to visit their class on scheduled workshop days to provide feedback to students. Instructors can specify how long they need the tutor(s) to be present. Must be requested at least two weeks in advance.

Writing Topic Presentations: The Writing Center offers short presentations on writing topics such as APA, MLA, Organizing an Essay, and Writing an Argument. These presentations take approximately 30-45 minutes. Must be requested at least two weeks in advance.

Writing Fellows: This service embeds peer writing tutors in writing-intensive courses, offering writing support to students. In order to better assist writers, Writing Fellows receive materials, support, and training to learn about your discipline’s genre conventions and expectations.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Follow the Writing Center on Twitter and Instagram at WritingCenterLU and on Facebook at Lewis University Writing Center for up-to-date news and updates about the Writing Center.

For questions about the Writing Center, please contact Jasmine Castillo, Writing Center Coordinator, via e-mail at castiljs@lewisu.edu or by calling (815) 836-5664.

Writing Center Contact Information: 815-836-5427, writingcenter@lewisu.edu