The Writing Center

Who we are

We are your fellow students from all different majors at Concordia University Chicago. We are passionate about writing and helping others to learn. 

The director of the writing center, Dr. Aimee Krall-Lanoue, was a writing tutor when she was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In that former capacity, she helped student tutors and basic writers work together to be successful in their composition class.

Where we are located 

The Writing Center @ Concordia University Chicago is located in the basement of Klinck Memorial Library. To get to us, take the stairs immediately to the left of the library entrance, walk through the double doors and turn right. We are in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). 

When we are open

The Writing Center will be open starting Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

What we do and what we’re all about

The Writing Center is a place where all students can come to talk with peers about any aspect of the writing process at any point in the process. Students can come: 

  • in person or
  • virtually through the internet or
  • by phone (this might include talking through a writing assignment and helping to):
  • brainstorm ideas about topics
  • looking at a rough draft of a paper that may need work on organization
  • thesis development, or 
  • carefully reading a research paper for proper documentation, such as MLA style, APA style, or Chicago style. 

Students can use the experience and support of writing center tutors to help them become better writers and readers.

Because writing is intricately connected with reading, you may also bring in books, articles, or textbooks that must be completed for a class and get help in reading skills. We will work on skills such as identifying sources of confusion or frustration in reading, acquainting students with ways of defining unfamiliar vocabulary, generating strategies for outlining and taking notes on texts, and helping students to both analyze and synthesize what they have read.

What you need to do

You are not required to bring drafts of papers, if you are not at that point in your writing yet. If you simply want to discuss the assignment and get help in determining what the purpose of the assignment is, create a plan for completing the assignment, and write an outline, tutors will be happy to work with you. 

All students must, however, bring in the assignment sheet given to them by their instructor so tutors can effectively help students successfully complete the assignment.  If you also have a rubric or grading outline, that would also be useful for tutors during the session. 

Although there will most likely be openings at a time you may want to come into the writing center, it is strongly recommended that you make an appointment. We know your time is valuable. An appointment ensures that you will get to talk with a tutor when it fits your schedule; it also ensures that we can meet with as many students as possible.  You can either sign up for a 30 minute or 50 minute appointment. Current students can make an appointment in the "Resources" tab in the CUConnect portal.

What you can expect

You can expect that you will be treated with respect, dignity, and interest by your tutor. You will never be judged or evaluated on your writing; that is the job of the instructor assessing your writing for a grade.

Tutors will provide you with honest (and explained) feedback on your writing. Typically this will take the form of questions such as:

  • “what are you trying to say here” or 
  • “what do you think the purpose of your paper is”? 

Tutors will not write on your paper. They will take notes on a separate sheet of paper that you may take with you when you leave. They will also not proofread or edit your paper. Research has shown that although this kind of tutoring might make better papers in the short term, it does not make better writers in the long term. It is our goal to help you become better writers for life, not just the class you are in this semester.

This does not mean, though, that we won’t work with you on grammar, punctuation, mechanics, or usage.We will work with you to correct errors and help you learn the rules by using the handbook required in your first-year writing class. We will also help you create works cited pages and bibliographies and properly document sources to avoid plagiarizing others’ work.

If you would like to learn more about the Writing Center and how they can help achieve your academic goals, contact the Writing Center at