Writing Center occupies new, improved space on LRC third floor

Liz Yolich, Campus Culture Co-Editor

Graphic created by Bree Scott.

 The Lewis University Writing Center is now offering a new space for students. The Graduate Writing Services was introduced during the beginning of this semester, and although it is an extension of the Writing Center, the new services provided will specifically be tailored to meet the needs of graduate level writing.

Staffed by graduate writing specialists including Writing Center Coordinator Michael Bulfin and advanced undergraduate tutors, the new space is available to help students write letters of intent, personal statements, resumes, cover letters, scholarships, fellowship essays, capstone papers and other assignments at graduate writing level. Writing Center tutors also offer assistance in the specific areas of APA, MLA and Chicago Style.

Students are encouraged to either come in for a face-to-face appointment or book a tutor for a real-time phone appointment. Additionally, students are asked to bring in two copies of their paper to prepare for assistance with drafting, outlining, introductions, writing conclusions, styling and formatting. Email appointments are also available for those unable to come to campus.

Joint research librarian and writing tutor appointments are also available for students in need of research support. Students will meet with both a research librarian and Writing Center tutor to work on gathering information and integrating sources.

Writing Center Director Dr. Jen Consilio says, “We are so excited about this new space. In the past semesters, we have seen an increase of graduate students needing writing support for their course writing, in addition to undergraduate students wanting support for their graduate school statements, personal statements and even with scholarships, fellowships and teaching applications. We wanted to be able to better meet the needs of those students, as well as the entire Lewis community.”

The new Writing Center space is located on the third floor of the LRC as a branch of CASE. ELL and ESL services are also available for students seeking support in pronunciation, vocabulary, understanding assignments and reading/listening skills.

Along with writing assistance, the graduate writing services also offers free workshops. This semester the Writing Center is offering workshops for graduate level writing, APA format, writing styles, writing process, drafting and ELL/ESL services. For more information on Writing Center workshops and services, including appointment availability, visit www.lewisu.edu/resources/larc/writinglab.htm.