Thursday, June 16, 2011

Writing Center Services - Summer Quarter 2011

The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) would like to remind you and your students to utilize the below services during Summer Quarter.

Scheduling Classroom Presentations: Remember to schedule your informational presentations for Summer 2011. Presentations are a great way to get your students excited about utilizing the Writing Center’s services at your campus or online.

To schedule your presentation at the Loop or Lincoln Park campuses, visit

To schedule a presentation at one of the suburban campuses, please email Tom McNamara at

Presentations are about fifteen minutes in length and will include a demonstration of our online scheduling service as well as a quick tour of the resources available to students on our website. A writing center consultant who works at your campus will deliver the presentation and take any questions from both the students and you. Furthermore, the consultant can also lead a discussion about how the Writing Center can aid your students as they tackle work specifically for your course.

Suburban Campus Writing Groups: Please note that the Suburban Campus Writing Groups begin Saturday, June 18 at the Naperville and O’Hare campuses at 10 am, a valuable resource for students who live in the suburbs. Oak Forest SCWGs will begin on Saturday, June 25th at 10 am. Meeting on Saturdays throughout the term, these groups allow students to work on their writing in an atmosphere that promotes the sort of collaborative and active learning valued by SNL. Most importantly, the groups allow students to practice reading and responding to the texts of others, allowing them to develop critical reading skills that they can utilize when assessing their own texts. Also, our Lincoln Park and Loop Writing Centers are open for services, and students are welcome to schedule one-on-one appointments and submit essays for Feedback-by-Email by visiting

Writing Groups: Students who are unable to utilize the Saturday morning Suburban Campus Writing Groups are welcome to form their own Writing Groups that meet on the Suburban Campuses at a time of their choice. Students may form a Writing Group with classmates or friends working on similar projects, and this is an excellent option for those working on long-term projects as a means to help them stay on track with their work. Those wishing to form Writing Groups may do so by visiting

Should you have any questions, please feel free to email Tom McNamara at ( or visit the Writing Center's website ( Please encourage your students to use these services!

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