Debby Ellis Writing Center


Our consultants work with students, staff, and faculty to improve writing practice at Southwestern.

Writing Consultations

Our consultants are available to work in small groups or one-on-one with writers at all levels, on all texts, in all disciplines, and at all stages in the writing process.  We focus on skill-building, offering writers the support and training needed to plan and execute revisions of their work and developing writing skills that will serve students across assignments and courses. The DEWC helps students build a sense of ownership of their work and encourages them to take charge of their own reflection and decision-making for revision. 

With attention to both the process and the product of writing - both the writer and the text - consultants can help with anything from brainstorming to final editing.
We can help you with:
  • Getting started or formulating a thesis
  • Organizing your paper
  • Expanding or condensing a section of your work
  • Making a plan for revision
  • Identifying and correcting grammar errors
  • Using proper citation
  • Smoothing out the style of your writing
We deal primarily with academic essays, but we are happy to work with you on anything from application essays or personal statements to creative writing. All members of our staff are trained to work in all disciplines and have access to additional resources if needed.

Faculty Workshops 

DEWC staff and administrators also provide support for faculty in planning, developing, and drafting effective writing assignments and modeling writing in the classroom.

Our next Lunchtime Faculty Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. We’ll be discussing tactics for ensuring effective peer review.  Please RSVP to delacroj@southwestern.eduand feel free to bring your prompts and questions. 

Student Workshops

Our next student workshop, a Capstone Chat, is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Students in all disciplines and at any stage of the capstone project are invited to join us for lunch & a discussion of tactics for planning, researching, drafting, and revising your capstone paper.  


On Tuesday, February 24, the DEWC will host a workshop on Writing Abstracts. Please join us for lunch at 12:30 p.m. as we offer tips and tricks for organizing your draft and clearly communicating your project. Christine Vasquez, from the Research and Creative Works Symposium, will be on hand to answer your questions.

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