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The SIU Writing Center is committed to helping writers in any and all disciplines develop their ability to express their ideas and to analyze and evaluate their own writing more effectively and confidently.  The Center's peer tutors, themselves writers, are trained to serve as attentive readers who understand that strategies for writing effectively are best learned through hands-on practice, talking through problems, and constructive feedback that originates in respect for each writer's own abilities and goals.


The Writing Center offers free writing assistance to any SIUC student (undergraduate or graduate) taking any course from any department, and to faculty and staff.  You do not even need to be working on an assignment for a course--you can schedule a visit for personal writing as well as academic writing. If you have questions or require assistance on a writing project, a resume, a cover letter, or any other writing-related issue, come and see us at our on campus location or chat about your writing with a tutor in an online session through our Online Writing Lab (OWL).

However, we do ask you to come ready to ask questions and work on your writing. To help you prepare for your visit, please check out the hints for making the most of your visit, below. 

Hints for Making the Most of Your Writing Center Visit

You are welcome to visit the SIUC Writing Center at any stage in your work on a writing project. The following are steps you can take to make your visit as profitable as possible:

  1. Review the assignment, pausing to highlight key words in the instructions and to number each step required. Bring a copy of the assignment sheet, if you have one, to your appointment.
  2. If you have written a draft of your essay, ask yourself if it fulfills each step in the assignment.
  3. Set priorities for the session. Consider the type of help that would be most beneficial, given your stage in the writing process: brainstorming ideas, sharpening the focus, organizing and developing points, or identifying and correcting sentence-level errors. Your input on priorities allows more time for real progress to be made.
  4. Note portions of your essay that you feel may need work. Jot down any questions you may have.
  5. Write down or underline the main point of the essay and the main point of each paragraph in the essay. Consider whether the ideas as ordered relate clearly to the others and to the overall point or focus of the essay.
  6. Consider any responses you have received on your project from peers. Questions asked by other readers can give you helpful perspectives on further developing or revising your draft.
  7. Most importantly, come to the Writing Center prepared to work hard on your writing project.