Writing Center

Achieving Our Mission One Writer at a Time


Basically, everybody visits the Writing Center who wants feedback on some kind of writing project, like essays, research papers, lab reports, speech outlines, creative writing, job or scholarship application letters -- any writing. However, the Writing Center is for improving your writing, so it does not proofread or copy-edit for people. The consultants sit down with writers and work on their writing with them in one-on-one sessions. Writers who wish to work more often with the same consultant can be paired for ongoing tutoring.



The Center  offers help to people learning English as a Second Language (ESL), including domestic and international students who self-identify as English Language Learners (ELL), or who simply wish to work on English writing skills used in the setting of an American college. For the past two years we have also had an ongoing collaboration with Japanese Studies in offering an English-Japanese Writing Group that meets weekly.



The Writing Center hires students -- mostly juniors and seniors -- who have good grade point averages, write well, and enjoy helping people. They come from all kinds of majors, including math and science, so all departments are welcome. The faculty also helps out as Visiting Faculty Consultants.


The Campus Writing Center is located in Kirby 104, just off the Mundinger Rotunda. Directed by Professor Cindy Cochran, the CWC offers peer consultation and faculty assistance on your writing, as well as a number of other support services to all writers at Illinois College. The Center also hosts special events. Our homepage is a constant work-in-progress, a useful online resource with a variety of helpful features and links to other relevant websites. We also house ICWrites, and online journal.

Campus Writing Center

The Campus Writing Center serves the entire academic community as a resource for all writing at Illinois College. Located in Kirby 104 (off the Rotunda), the CWC is staffed by student and faculty consultants more than forty hours per week. You can drop in or make an appointment. Students of every major who are excellent writers may take the opportunity to apply to become a consultant. Students who work in the center begin as apprentices, advance to consultants, and may be invited to join the leadership team in the center.

Our Mission

To Focus on Excellence One Writer at a Time. As part of a liberal arts college, the Campus Writing Center (CWC) strives to help members of the college community as they practice and refine writing for different purposes, audiences, and contexts. The CWC seeks to improve writers, not just their written work, by talking with writers and giving feedback on expository and creative writing. It welcomes all members of the Illinois College community from every discipline, especially students, but also faculty seeking help on writing assignments and instruction. It promotes aesthetic appreciation of writing as a worthy and personally rewarding intellectual and artistic endeavor by offering special writing events, including an annual conference. 

History: Established in the fall of 1995 by the English Department, the Campus Writing Center is now an independent unit of the Illinois College campus. For additional information about the Campus Writing Center, please visit the Campus Writing Center's website or email the director at ccochran@mail.ic.edu.

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