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.


In service of the Southwestern community, we host events and workshops that offer guidance to student writers, and our center is available for independent work at all times. 

Please see our calendar of events below and follow us on facebook for more updates.

Faculty Development 

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

For upcoming faculty workshops please see our calendar of events below.  To access our online resources or to schedule a visit to your classroom, please visit our page Faculty Resources for Writing Instruction. 

Fall 2014 Events

We have cancelled our October 15 event.  Please join us on October 20th to celebrate National Writing Day instead!