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.)
*New* Welcome Video!
Watch our 3-minute cartoon video welcoming Vanguard students to the Writing Center!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 5 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.
Schedule an appointment and come visit us! You may call extension 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
- 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?”
- Rubrics & guidelines for writers in various disciplines, thanks to GMU.
- Compilation of articles & strategies, thanks to the Illinois College Writing Center.
- Faculty Resources at Vanguard University.
Our PowerPoint Presentations
- Writing Center Orientation PPT (15 minutes)
- Integrating Faith & Learning PPT (30 minutes)
- Thesis Statements PPT (20 minutes)
- Zapping the Bugaboos: Top Five Hit Parade PPT (30 minutes)
- Introductions and Conclusions PPT (15 minutes)
- Sentence Clarity and Variety PPT (15 minutes)
- Critical Thinking & Writing PPT (20 minutes)
- Logical Fallacies PPT (15 minutes)
- Writing a Smooth Paper PPT (15 minutes)
- Writing a Research Paper PPT (30 minutes)
- Avoiding Plagiarism PPT (15 minutes)
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.
- Grammar Bugaboo Check Sheet Grammar Bugaboo Key
- Bugaboo Bee Points (bookmark)
- Undergraduate Writing Guide by Best Colleges
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:
- Commonly Seen Errors in Students’ Papers by Ryan Chapman
- Dialogue, Multiculturalism, and the Writing Classroom by Theresa White
- Apostrophe, Apostrophe! by Lance Trueb
- Computer Technology in the Writing Center by Allison Blackwell
- Holistic and Atomistic Revision by Colleen Warner
- Introductions and Conclusions by Bethany Schaefer
- Let Those Papers Shine! by Laurie Sowers
- Making Peace with Punctuation by Katie Keck
- Multimedia Presentations by Eric de Roulet
- Using Secondary Sources by Erica Marshall
- What to Expect from a Writing Center Appointment by Melissa Abel
- Writing a Purpose Statement by Dr. David G. Clark, Professor Emeritus of New Testament & Greek
- Writing a Research Paper by Natalie Nadine Breeden
- Writing a Thesis Statement by Joann DeSmith
- Writing Center Philosophy by Hannah VanderBush
Campus Diversity Resources
- Writing Archive of Excellence
- Student Resources
- Rhema: The Living Word
- VU Library
- Learning Center
- Career Center
Writing Center Usage
Writing Sessions Served
- 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
- ESL Tip Sheet for 10 Languages (from Keys for Writers, Ann Raimes)
- ESL Cyber Listening Lab
- Additional ESL Resources
Writing in a Bilingual Classroom
- English Language Space Station (A UK ESL site)
- Professor Jill Savitt, English & Spanish (Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute)
Writing an In-Class Essay
Writing a Scholarship Essay
- Handout from the University of Colorado
- Tips from Yale University
- Handout from University of California, Irvine
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