We provide 1 free consultation per week, either in-person, online, or via email submission, for all CGU students, faculty, and staff.
Meet at the Writing Center with one of our Writing Consultants for a 50-minute session. We believe that any writer, even a professional, can benefit from sharing drafts with a colleague. Although we won't edit your paper or guarantee you an "A," we will help you with the entire writing process, from brainstorming ideas for your paper, clarifying and organizing ideas, to polishing your style. Our goal is not just to improve your paper, but to make you a better writer who is more capable of crafting and editing his or her own work.
If you can't come into the Writing Center in person, we now offer 50-minute online sessions with our Writing Consultants. Using the same scheduler to make an appointment, you can meet at the time of your appointment in a whiteboard space, where you can upload your document, view revisions, and chat via text, audio, or video.
If you want to make an online appointment, be sure to select a Consultant who is available for online tutoring, and select "Yes - Meet Online" in the appointment window. Just before the start of your appointment, return to the schedule and click on your appointment; in the window that appears, click "Start or Join Online Consultation." Your Writing Consultant will meet you in the whiteboard space that appears.
Submit your paper through our scheduler and receive comments from a Consultant via email. This service is particularly helpful for addressing global organizational and structural concerns in your paper; it is less helpful for sentence-by-sentence suggestions. Our Consultants will not copyedit your work for you, but they will point out recurring stylistic and grammatical issues and offer advice on how to fix them.
Papers up to 15 double-spaced pages take up to 2 business days. Papers between 16-50 (maximum) double-spaced pages take 7 days. Submitted papers are distributed to our Consultants at the end of each day; the Writing Center is closed on weekends, so papers received between the end of business on Friday and the start of business on Monday will not go out until Monday evening.
Once you are logged into our online scheduling system, simply select from the menu at the top the calendar called "Email Submission." Make an "appointment" with the resource "*Email Submission"; the time does not matter; it is solely a placeholder used for administrative purposes. Selecting any available white square will result in your paper being distributed at the same time.
We also provide free workshops through the semester, dissertation writing support, as well as special class presentations on request. In addition, the Writing Center has a Resource Library of books and handouts.
Each semester, we offer a number of free workshops of general interest to all members of the CGU community. Popular topics have included "Presenting Conference Papers," "Preparing for Qualifying Examinations," "Writing Graduate Research Papers," "Overcoming Writer's Block," and "Writing Book Reviews & Literature Surveys."
The Writing Center facilitates Dissertation Boot Camps on the second weekend of every month. At Boot Camp, dissertation writers commit all day Saturday and Sunday to focus on writing (no phones, no internet, no distractions). We discuss strategies for setting realistic objectives, staying focused, and overcoming writer's block. Coffee, tea, snacks, lunch, and a large dose of motivation provided.
You can sign up for Boot Camp approximately two weeks before the date listed on our calendar via email. Boot Camp is free, but we do ask you to bring a $50 deposit check to the Writing Center in advance of your attendance. We will only cash the check if you fail to show up; otherwise, we can keep it on file for 1 year so that you can attend future Boot Camps as well!
The Writing Center houses books and handouts on all aspects of the writing process, from developing a topic to proofreading. We also have style manuals, academic writing texts, and books on writing in the disciplines.
All students are welcome to stop by our house at 141 E. 12th Street to use the Resource Library. To ensure that a staff member will be present at the Center, email us to schedule an appointment.