Welcome to the Writing Center!
Photograph by Kristen Achziger
The Vanguard Writing Center is committed to helping undergraduate and graduate student writers across the curriculum. Students from any major may bring writing projects (from shorter expository essays to longer research papers) to a Writing Center appointment and receive informed, thorough feedback from a peer consultant, with special attention given to the author’s concerns and the parameters of the specific assignment. The Writing Center is committed to assisting students from all disciplines in a collaborative, Christ-centered environment, and we value students’ learning differences and diverse voices. We can help students at any stage of the writing process, including: organizing notes, developing outlines, revising thesis statements, improving organization, or assisting with final editing.
*Please note: The Writing Center is not a proofreading service. Our aim is to develop stronger critical writers.
Hours and Location
The Writing Center is located in Scott 295 in the Academic Resource Center. We are open Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed during University Holidays, including Thanksgiving Break & Christmas Break.
Schedule an appointment and come visit us! You may call 714-966-4774 or make your appointment in person. *Appointments are required.* Due to the high volume of appointment requests, drop-ins are not guaranteed writing feedback. Face-to-face appointments are open to all currently enrolled Vanguard students who can visit our campus: traditional undergraduates, graduate students, and School of Professional Studies students. On-line or distance-learning students are advised to use our on-line writing services (below).
On-Line Writing Consultations
- Graduate, SPS, and Summer Session ~ 72-hour turnaround for a GPS On-Line Writing Consultation
For Graduate, SPS, distance-learning, and Summer Session students, we also provide on-line consultants who review writing projects on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are not required for this service. We aim for a 72-hour turnaround for all papers, so please plan accordingly. Please e-mail your writing projects as .doc or .docx attachments to gpswritingcenter [at] vanguard [dot] edu or use the link above. Note: This service is available only to current Graduate, SPS, distance-learning, and Summer Session Vanguard students.
Writing Center Stamp
Vanguard students: If your professor requires a Writing Center Stamp as proof you received suggested revisions, please tell your Writing Consultant. At the end of your appointment, the Writing Consultant will stamp your paper. Some professors award extra credit for Writing Center stamps, while other professors require the stamp before accepting the final draft of your paper. If you are an on-line student whose professor requires a Writing Center Stamp, your Writing Consultant’s e-mail message is equivalent to a stamp.
Writing Center Survey
You’re welcome to fill out the Writing Center Survey. We look forward to your feedback!
Writing Center Referral Form — For Faculty
Faculty referring students for long-term usage are invited to complete the Writing Referral Form on our website. Please complete it & email it to us. Our consultants will set up a long-term progress log to assess writing improvement. This will enhance our annual assessment of the Writing Center’s SLOs and assist you in tracking the student’s writing development.
- APA Style Sheet
- APA Style Paper by Lynn M. Munson and Douglas Degelman
- ASA Style Sheet
- Chicago Style Sheet
- MLA Style Sheet
- SBL Style Sheet
- SBL Style Paper by Brian P. Irwin, Knox College
- Turabian Style Sheet
- The Most Common Sentence Structure Problems by Yale University’s Graduate Writing Center
- Undergraduate Writing Guide by Best Colleges
- ESL Tip Sheet by Vanguard’s Writing Center
- ESL Tip Sheet for 10 Languages (from Keys for Writers, Ann Raimes)
- Tips for English Language Learners: “Articles A, An, The” by Blinn College’s Writing Center
- ESL Cyber Listening Lab
- Additional ESL Resources
Career Development Center
Writing a Graduate Application Essay
- “The Graduate School Essay” by University of Massachusetts, Lowell
- Writing the Graduate School Application Essay” by the Dartmouth College Writing Center
Writing a Business Letter
Writing Center SLOs
SLOs are Student Learning Outcomes.
*Students who visit the Writing Center will demonstrate proficiency in…
*Revision-based writing by applying appropriate methods and strategies
*Critical thinking skills enhanced by writing process
*Writing Consultants will demonstrate proficiency in…
*Knowledge of writing instruction and methodology
*Christian faith integration through their service in the Writing Center
*Working with peers of diverse backgrounds in a culturally responsive learning environment