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. Students can use the experience and support of writing center tutors to help them become better writers and readers.
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 at 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:
Over the summer, the Writing Center does not offer in person appointments. All appointments are online and can be made through the calendar. See the link in the left-hand box, "Online appointments for Graduate Students and Distance Learners" for instructions. Because we will not be offering services in the Center, all questions should be emailed to Dr. Aimee Krall-Lanoue (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Online hours begin the week of May 17 and run until August 7.
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 writing at any point in the process.
Students are welcome:
- online through the portal or at cuchicago.mywconline.com
- by email at email@example.com for help making an appointment.
Some things we can help with:
- brainstorm ideas about topics
- review rough drafts and offer feedback
- thesis development
- review proper MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations
- grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage
- plagiarism avoidance
- works cited and bibliography creation
- and more
We can also help with reading, so students can bring in any text that they need help understanding.
Some ways we can help:
- identifying sources of confusion or frustration in reading
- defining unfamiliar vocabulary
- strategies for outlining and taking notes on texts
- analyzation of what students have read
What you need to do:
- We can help you from the very beginning, so a rough draft is not required
- Bring in your assignment and its grading rubric for what you are working on
- Make and appointment. 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
- For face to face appointments, bring an your assignment, writing, prompt and rubric.
- For online appointments, first make an appointment when you are available. Then share your paper through Google docs prior to the appointment to thewritingcegnter.CUC@gmail.com
What you can expect:
- Treatment of respect, dignity, and interest by your tutor
- No judgment of your writing
- Honest and explained feedback
- Tutors who will not write on your papers but will give you a separate sheet with notes