Academics

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:

The Writing Center will be closed from December 5-January 21. 

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: 

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

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

Questions? Contact:

Aimee.Kralllanoue@CUChicago.edu.