Welcome to the Writing Center!
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.
The Writing Center is located in Heath 214, on the 2nd Floor of Heath Academic Center.
Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed during Chapel Hours on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday.
Closed during University Holidays, including Thanksgiving Break & Christmas Break.
Please note: *Appointments are required.*
Due to the high volume of appointment requests, drop-ins are not guaranteed writing feedback.
Electronic appointments are designed for the convenience of SPS and distance-learning students.
Please call extension 4774 to request our email address, available only to current Vanguard students. Our email address is also printed on Writing Center brochures available in the SPS Office.
Please *do not* email a writing project without reserving an appointment first.
Papers emailed without appointments will be automatically placed on the Waiting List.
Please note: All students are encouraged to make face-to-face instead of email appointments, if possible.
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.
Summer Session Consultations
Our on-campus location is closed for the summer, and we do not have telephone service between Commencement and late August. However, we provide on-line staff who review papers for the summer via e-mail. We review submissions on a first-come, first-served basis, and we try to guarantee a 48-hour turnaround for all papers, so please plan accordingly.
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 are “writing to learn” and “writing in the disciplines” important parts of it?
- 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)
Writing Handouts (includes academic citation styles)
*Please note: Since academic citation styles constantly evolve, it is important for students to practice the discipline of using citation manuals rather than “memorizing” styles. We guide students to use these resources, but we are not an editing or proofreading service.
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 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 Center Usage
Writing Sessions Served
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 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
“Faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life . . .” (Titus 1:2).