The Writing Center is a place that supports writers and celebrates writing in all its forms. Its purpose is to help you become the best writer you can be.
Writing Center tutors provide one-on-one writing support to help you with assignments, specific questions, and general writing skills.
They do this in two ways:
- Face-to-face conferences in the Writing Center
- Online via email
You are welcome to seek tutoring at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to revising, editing, or polishing a nearly-finished draft.
Writing Center tutors can help you:1. Identify your writing strengths and build upon them.
- 2. Identify areas for improvement, such as:
- Creating a thesis statement
- Organizing your ideas
- Developing and supporting your main ideas
- Addressing your audience effectively
- Clarifying your paragraphs and sentences
- Citing your research sources in the correct format
- Improving your writing style
- Using correct grammar and punctuation
3. Revise your first draft.
4. Write from a specific point of view.
Tutors do not discuss your writing or tutoring session outside of the Writing Center. However, when asked, the Director of the Writing Center shares information about tutorials with Concordia faculty and staff.
Tutors and student assistants who work for the Writing Center enter general information about tutorials into a database.
This information is used in aggregate form only, primarily as a basis for improving and expanding future Writing Center services.
If you have questions about confidentiality or use of student information, please contact the Writing Center Director, Lisa Whalen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Writing Center provides resources in the form of handouts and links on the "Resources for Writers" section of its web page.
You may download and print or save the handouts for later reference. You may add useful links to your list of Internet bookmarks or favorites.
Just a few of the resource topics include thesis statements, annotated bibliographies, APA style, grammar, and avoiding plagiarism.
This page is also accessible from Concordia's homepage. Click on "Writing Center" at the left side of the Portal Page.
To submit papers online, send an email to email@example.com, including your paper as a Microsoft Word attachment, and provide the following information:
- Description of the assignment
- Your email address
- Your college or program
- Whether or not this is the first time you?ve used the Writing Center
- One to three specific writing issues you?d like help with
- The paper?s due date
Turnaround time is approximately 48 hours (not including weekends or holidays).
Tutors use the Track Changes (pdf) function in Microsoft Word to place comments on your paper and then send it back to you.
Tutors do not edit your work as a professional editor might; rather, they provide descriptive comments and suggestions, allowing you to retain control of your own writing.
Tutors read one attachment per email. This allows you to apply what you learn from their comments on one paper to the next paper you write.
You may submit the same paper up to two times. That way, if you choose to make significant revisions to your paper based upon tutors? comments, you may submit the revised version of your paper to receive more detailed feedback.
Tutors' focus is on you, the writer, not just the assignment you are working on.
Tutors may ask to review your syllabus or assignment sheets. It's helpful if you bring these to your tutoring session.
Tutors may also ask you to read some of your writing aloud. Though this may seem uncomfortable at first, it quickly becomes commonplace.
Tutors do this for several reasons:
- They absorb new information better when they are able to see and hear it.
- You become attuned to the sound of your own language and style.
- You begin to catch unclear passages, unnecessary information, awkward sentences, and grammar and punctuation mistakes, improving your ability to revise your own work.
Appointment length varies; the average appointment is 45 minutes.
You are welcome to use any or all of the following methods of receiving writing support:
Visit the Writing Center webpage for information about hours, policies, writing resources, and more.
Drop in to the Writing Center, located in Luther Hall 116, for face-to-face tutoring during its regular hours.
We schedule all of our appointments online using Google Calendars. To learn how to do this, click on the tab 'How to Schedule An Appointment' on our home page. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-603-6233.
Ask a question or submit a draft of your assignment to email@example.com to receive feedback on your writing.
Love your new handout! Whenever you [send handouts] to me, I print them and save them in a folder for references . . . I so appreciate all the help you have given me over the past 17 months. Thanks so very much!!
-Student, College of Education
I really appreciate your comments and time on my paper. I am learning so much. This not only helps me at school, but helps me at work also.
-Student, College of Business and Organizational Leadership
The Writing Center was extremely supportive and helpful, and it shows in [my student's] re-writes. I believe I will make a change to my syllabus for the future and put some information in it about the Writing Center. It is a great tool that all should be aware of.
-Faculty, Criminal Justice