Welcome to the Writing Center!


Photograph by Kristen Achziger

The Writing Center exists to serve Vanguard University’s student writers across the curriculum on the undergraduate and graduate levels by providing informed reading and feedback as well as instruction for specific writing weaknesses. Committed to integrating faith and learning in a culturally diverse, Christ-centered collaborative environment, the Writing Center endeavors to assist students with improving their writing skills in concert with their critical command of content and rhetorical structure. Writing Center consultants work with Vanguard students one-on-one at any stage in the writing process. Students should bring in writing projects they’re creating, such as expository essays and researched writing. We help students organize notes, develop outlines, revise thesis statements, and work on various aspects of atomistic and holistic revision.  Please click here for the Writing Center SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes.)

Please note:  21st Century writing centers are not proofreading or editing services.  Using a hybrid balance of technology and face-to-face time, we empower writers who’d like to develop strengths in process-oriented revision.  Guiding students through thoughtful revision supports long-term improvements in writing strategies and critical thinking skills. 
With regard to “grammar issues,” for instance, we may point out flawed sentence patterns and provide relevant information so students may revise their own projects.  We do not  write papers for students, and we do not “correct.”  Verbs we like to use:  develop, originate, analyze, explore, brainstorm, focus, strengthen, propose, assert, prove, contend, synthesize, draft, expand, and revise, revise, revise.


Hours and Location

The Writing Center is located in Heath 214 on the 2nd Floor of Heath Academic Center. We are open Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed during Chapel Hours on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday. Closed during University Holidays, including Thanksgiving Break & Christmas Break.

Face-to-Face Appointments

Schedule an appointment and come visit us! You may call extension 6359 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

  • Traditional Undergraduates ~ Appointment request for a TUG On-Line Writing Consultation

        Traditional Undergraduates, Commuters Only. Electronic appointments are designed for the convenience of commuting traditional undergraduate students. Please call extension 4774 or e-mail writingcenter [at] vanguard [dot] edu (or use the link above) to request an appointment. *Appointments are required.* *Do not* email a writing project without reserving an appointment first. Papers emailed without appointments will be automatically placed on the Waiting List. Note: This service is available only to current traditional undergraduate Vanguard students who are commuters.

  • 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.

Writing across the Curriculum

What is writing across the curriculum?  How about “writing to learn” and “writing in the disciplines?”

Writing Handouts

Writing Handouts include academic citation styles.  However, academic citation styles constantly evolve, so students must practice the discipline of using citation manuals rather than “memorizing” styles.  We guide students with these resources, but we are not an editing or proofreading service.

Citation Styles

Grammar Bugaboos

Writing Center Newsletter: Rhema, The Living Word

The Writing Center newsletter, Rhema: The Living Word, features articles on composition theory and useful writing tips. Sample our newsletter articles from past, present, and future issues:

Campus Diversity Resources

Learning  Resources

Global English

Fostering a Culturally Responsive Learning Environment

Writing in a Bilingual Classroom

Writing an In-Class Essay

Writing a Scholarship Essay

Career Development Center

Writing a Graduate Application Essay

Writing a Business Letter

Writing Center Pedagogy & Publications

Writing Center Usage

Writing Sessions Served

  • 2014-15: 1,591 // Waiting List: 111
  • 2013-14: 1,947 // Waiting List: 114
  • 2012-13: 2,210 // Waiting List: 356
  • 2011-12: 1,747 // Waiting List: 556
  • 2010-11: 1,450 // Waiting List: 484
  • 2009-10: 1,316 // Waiting List: 399
  • 2008-09: 1,750 // Waiting List: 559
  • 2007-08: 1,719 // Waiting List: 675
  • 2006-07: 1,539 // Waiting List: 298
  • 2005-06: 1,270 // Waiting List: 65
  • 2004-05: 1,123 // Waiting List: 68

Writing Consultant Training

  • Writing Consultant Training PPT