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The Truman College Writing Center

Joshua Thusat      Derek Lazarski

Director                       Coordinator
 
​Writing isn't easy. We know. We can help.                         
                         
Writing papers is an important part of college, and students often need guidance in structuring their essays, using the right words, or even deciding on a main idea. The Writing Center offers students one-on-one consultations on their writing assignments. The consultants on our staff are all instructors who hold at least a master's degree in English or other related areas.                       

 50-minute appointments with Writing Center consultants help students with writing assignments for any class.
  • Make an appointment at the front desk in 1435, by calling 773-907-4387, or online at ccc.gradesfirst.com.
  • We accept walk-ins if we have a consultant available or if someone misses their appointment by 5 minutes. (If YOU are going to miss your appointment, please call us to cancel!)
  • For each consulting session, bring:
    • Your Student ID
    • Your assignment instructions
    • A draft of your work
    • Any important comments or handouts from your teacher
    • An idea of what you want to work on
  • Computers are available to work on for one hour before or after a consulting session.
  • PowerShots, our series of one-hour writing workshops, give you extra practice outside of class. Our Schedule is below.
             
To make the most of your time in the Writing Center, follow these tips:                         
  • Be prepared to tell your consultant what you would like to work on.
  • Be an active participant. Active communication helps generate new ideas.
  • Have an open mind. Writing is a process. It doesn't always go the way we plan, and we have to be open to that.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses. Knowing what you need to work on makes it easier for you to improve.
  • The more you visit, the more you'll improve. Learning to write well takes time and effort. Allow your skills time to develop.
FALL 2014 POWERSHOTS SCHEDULE
​All Powershots are located in Room 1435 unless otherwise noted. No appointments are necessary. Just bring your Student ID to our front desk at the time of the Powershot.​​​​

Week 2: September 1 – September 5
Monday, September 1      NO SCHOOL – Labor Day    
Tuesday, September 2      1:00pm – Writing Essays with Microsoft Word (in room 3983)    
Wednesday,  September 3      11:00am – Writing in a Professional Style    
                                             4:30pm – Writing Essays with Microsoft Word (in room 2941)    
Thursday, September 4        11:00am – Writing in a Professional Style    
                                             4:30pm – Writing Essays with Microsoft Word (in room 2941)    
Friday, September 5              1:00 pm – Writing in a Professional Style     

Week 3: September 8 – September 12      
Monday, September 8      1:00pm – Writing Summaries    
Tuesday, September 9      1:00pm – Writing Basics: Active Reading Strategies     
Wednesday, September 10      11:00am – Writing Basics: Active Reading Strategies    
                                             4:30pm – Writing Summaries    
Thursday, September 11      11:00am – Writing Summaries     
                                             4:30pm – Writing Basics: Active Reading Strategies    
Friday, September 12              1:00pm – Writing Summaries    

Week 4: September 15 – September 19     
Monday, September 15      1:00pm – Planning an Essay     
Tuesday, September 16      1:00pm – Writing Basics: Verb Tenses for Essays    
Wednesday, September 17      11:00am – Writing Basics: Verb Tenses for Essays    
                                             4:30pm – Planning an Essay    
Thursday, September 18      11:00am – Planning an Essay    
                                             4:30pm – Writing Basics: Verb Tenses for Essays    
Friday, September 19              1:00pm – Planning an Essay    

Week 5: September 22 – September 26     
Monday, September 22      1:00pm – Thesis Statements     
Tuesday, September 23      1:00pm – Writing Basics: Basic Sentence Structures    
Wednesday, September 24      11:00am – Writing Basics: Basic Sentence Structures    
                                             4:30pm – Thesis Statements    
Thursday, September 25      11:00am – Thesis Statements    
                                             4:30pm – Writing Basics: Basic Sentence Structures     
Friday, September 26              1:00pm – Thesis Statements    

Week 6: September 29 – October 3     
Monday, September 29      1:00pm – Introductions & Conclusions    
Tuesday, September 30      1:00pm – Writing Basics: Fixing Fragments & Run-on Sentences    
Wednesday, October 1      11:00am – Introductions & Conclusions     
                                             4:30pm – Writing Basics: Fixing Fragments & Run-on Sentences    
Thursday, October 2              11:00am – Writing Basics: Fixing Fragments & Run-on Sentences    
                                             4:30pm –Introductions & Conclusions    
Friday, October 3              1:00pm – Introductions & Conclusions    

Week 7: October 6 – October 10     
Monday, October 6              1:00pm – How to Write Body Paragraphs    
Tuesday, October 7              1:00pm – Writing Basics: Using Commas    
Wednesday, October 8      11:00am – Writing Basics: Using Commas    
                                             4:30pm – How to Write Body Paragraphs    
Thursday, October 9              11:00am – How to Write Body Paragraphs    
                                             4:30pm – Writing Basics: Using Commas    
Friday, October 10              1:00pm – How to Write Body Paragraphs    

Week 8: October 13 – October 17     
Monday, October 13              1:00pm – How to Use Quotes    
Tuesday, October 14              1:00pm – Writing Basics: Using “-ing” & Infinitives    
Wednesday, October 15      11:00am – Writing Basics: Using “-ing” & Infinitives    
                                             4:30pm – How to Use Quotes    
Thursday, October 16              11:00am – How to Use Quotes    
                                             4:30pm – Writing Basics: Using “-ing” & Infinitives   
Friday, October 17              1:00pm – How to Use Quotes    

Week 9: October 20 – October 24     
Monday, October 20              1:00pm – Improving Essays with Counterarguments    
Tuesday, October 21              1:00pm – Writing Basics: Subject-Verb Agreement    
Wednesday, October 22      11:00am – Writing Basics: Subject-Verb Agreement    
                                             4:30pm – Improving Essays with Counterarguments    
Thursday, October 23              11:00am – Improving Your Essays with Counterarguments    
                                             4:30pm – Writing Basics: Subject-Verb Agreement    
Friday, October 24              1:00pm – Improving Essays with Counterarguments    

Week 10: October 27 – October 31     
Monday, October 27              1:00pm – Resume & Cover Letter Writing    
Tuesday, October 28              1:00pm – Scholarship Essay Writing    
Wednesday, October 29      11:00am – Scholarship Essay Writing    
                                             4:30pm – Resume & Cover Letter Writing    
Thursday, October 30              11:00am – Resume & Cover Letter Writing    
                                             4:30pm – Scholarship Essay Writing    
Friday, October 31              1:00pm – Resume & Cover Letter Writing     

Week 11: November 3 – November 7     
Monday, November 3              1:00pm – Writing Basics: Verb Tenses for Essays    
Tuesday, November 4              1:00pm – Writing Basics: Subject-Verb Agreement    
Wednesday, November 5      11:00am – Writing Basics: Using “-ing” & Infinitives    
                                             4:30pm – Writing Basics: Using Commas    
Thursday, November 6      11:00am – Writing Basics: Fixing Fragments & Run-on Sentences    
                                             4:30pm – Writing Basics: Basic Sentence Structures     
Friday, November 7              1:00pm – Writing Basics: Using Commas    

Week 12: November 10 – November 14     
Monday, November 10      1:00pm – Writing Essays with Microsoft Word (in room 3983)    
Tuesday, November 11      1:00pm – Thesis Statements     
Wednesday, November 12      11:00am – Writing Basics: Using Commas     
                                             4:30pm – Writing Summaries    
Thursday, November 13      11:00am – Thesis Statements     
                                             4:30pm – Planning an Essay    
Friday, November 14              1:00pm – Writing Basics: Fixing Fragments & Run-on Sentences    

Week 13: November 17 – November 21     
Monday, November 17      1:00pm – Planning an Essay    
Tuesday, November 18      1:00pm – Writing Summaries    
Wednesday, November 19      11:00am – Thesis Statements    
                                             4:30pm – Writing Basics: Fixing Fragments & Run-on Sentences    
Thursday, November 20      11:00am – How to Write Body Paragraphs    
                                             4:30pm – Subject-Verb Agreement     
Friday, November 21              1:00pm – Thesis Statements    

Week 14: November 24 – November 28     
Monday, November 24      11:00am – Editing & Proofreading Portfolios    
                                             1:00pm – Exit Test Practice     
Tuesday, November 25      11:00am – Exit Test Practice    
                                             1:00pm – Editing & Proofreading Portfolios    
Wednesday, November 26      1:00pm – Exit Test Practice    
                                             4:30pm – Editing & Proofreading Portfolios     
Thursday, November 27      NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday    
Friday, November 28              NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday    

Week 15: December 1 – December 5     
Monday, December 1      1:00pm – Exit Test Practice     
                                             4:30pm – Exit Test Practice     
Tuesday, December 2              1:00pm – Exit Test Practice    
                                             4:30pm – Exit Test Practice     
Wednesday,  December 3      11:00am – Exit Test Practice    
Thursday, December 4      None    
Friday, December 5              None    

Week 16: December 8 – December 12     
Monday, December 8              None    
Tuesday, December 9              None    
Wednesday, December 10      None    
Thursday, December 11      None    
Friday, December 12              None    

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1145 West Wilson Ave.
Room 1435 - Main Building
Chicago, IL 60640
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Fall 2014:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am-4pm

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No-show Policy: If you are five minutes late to your appointment, your time may be given to another student. If you are going to miss an appointment, please call us to cancel.

Walk-in Policy: We take walk-ins if consultants are available. Otherwise, if a student is five minutes late to their appointment, we will take a walk-in in their place.

Computer Policy: The Writing Center contains four computers that students may use for an hour before or an hour after their sessions. A printer is also available to print work for consultants to look at. These computers are for no other purposes. If you need other computer use, please use the WAC Lab in 2947, the CTC in L112, or the lab in 1907.                         

Real students comment about the Writing Center:                         

“Tutors really encourage students with excellent tips and advice to improve our learning! Very kind too. Excellent work!”                         

“Great help. Very friendly, helpful. Encouraging.”                         

“I enjoyed this experience. It helped me hammer out my thesis statement which gave me a better idea for my paper.”                         

“The Writing Center is so great. I have learned many things. My creative thinking has increased.”                         

“Thanks for teaching me! So happy that I can learn from all of you. A great place to be. :-)”