We provide 1 free consultation every week - either in-person, via Skype, or an email submission - for all CGU students, faculty, and staff.
We also provide free workshops through the semester, dissertation writing support, as well as special class presentations on request. In addition, the Writing Center has a Resource Library of books and handouts.
In Person Consulting
Meet at the Writing Center with one of our consultants for a 50 minute session. We believe that any writer, even a professional, can benefit from sharing drafts with a colleague. Although we won't type your paper or guarantee you an "A," we will help you with the entire writing process, from brainstorming ideas for your paper, clarifying and organizing ideas, to polishing your style.
Submit your paper online and receive comments from a Consultant. The online service is particularly helpful for global organizational and structural concerns. It is less helpful for sentence-by-sentence suggestions.
Papers up to 15 double-spaced pages take up to 2 business days. Papers between 16 - (maximum) 50 double-spaced pages take 7 days.
Skype appointments can be held from anywhere and last 50 minutes, offering students the interaction of an in-person appointment. The screen sharing function allows students to share their work with and receive immediate feedback from consultants. Skype is available for free and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Directions for conducting a Skype session will be provided when scheduling an appointment.
Each semester, we offer a number of free workshops for members of the CGU community. Popular topics have included "Presenting Conference Papers," "Preparing for Qualifying Examinations," "Writing Graduate Research Papers," "Overcoming Writer's Block," and "Writing Book Reviews & Literature Surveys".
An on-going group of dissertation writers who meet bi-weekly on Mondays from 4 - 5 pm to set and work towards writing goals, with the guiding principle that 'a good dissertation is a done dissertation'.
We also provide Dissertation Boot Camps a few times a semester where dissertation writers spend all day Saturday and Sunday at the Writing Center to focus on writing (no phones, no internet, no distractions). Coffee, tea, snacks, lunch, and a large dose of motivation provided.
Resource Library & Free Handouts
The Writing Center houses books and handouts on all aspects of the writing process, from developing a topic to proofreading. We also have style manuals, academic writing texts and books on writing in the disciplines.
All students are welcome to stop by our house at 141 E. 12th Street to use the Resource Library. To ensure that a staff member will be present at the Center, email us to schedule an appointment.