Virtual Writing Center

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Virtual Writing Center

Student Praise for the VWC

Since 2011, the Virtual Writing Center has provided support for student writing in a convenient online format. Here are a few comments that Antioch students shared about their experiences with the VWC:

  • The tutor’s review and suggestions were excellent. My questions were answered satisfactorily and minor flaws in the paper were brought to my attention.
  • The feedback was quick, clear, and well received. Thank you!
  • The notes given to me were extremely helpful. I use the writing lab frequently. The lab always helps me not only improve my paper, but teaches me skills that I can continue to use for improving my writing.
  • This is my first time using the VWC and I wasn’t sure how it worked. The instructions were very explicit and easy to follow. I was surprised at the quick and thorough response.
  • Your help was invaluable and helped me make the paper clearer and more precise. Thanks.

Consultant Spotlight


In memory of a very cool wolf named Dharma who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago.

Tammy Cloutier is pursuing a PhD in Environmental Studies on the New England campus, and joined the VWC Staff in July:

Hello everyone!  I have to say that I am enjoying my time at the VWC.  Not only do I get to help others with their assignments, but I am learning a lot from my fellow tutors and all of you as well!  The range of topics and requests has been very interesting, so keep them coming! In my spare (ha ha) time, I have been doing a lot of reading and writing of my own.  There are so many areas I want to focus on for my dissertation, but alas, I have to narrow down my topic.  To do that, I have been skimming through a variety of conservation, predator coexistence, and miscellaneous books, but no luck yet – just lots more topics to choose from unfortunately!

Although my personal writing has taken a bit of a backseat, I am currently working on a children’s book series, as well as fiction and wildlife books.  It’s both fun and stressful, as many of you are well aware, when trying to balance education and the rest of life. However, I am taking a long overdue break from all of it.  In order to recharge, I planned a trip to South Africa for the last two weeks of August.  Although not able to fully disconnect from school and other responsibilities, relaxation and inspiration are my goals!

New & Noteworthy

LorindaLorinda Toledo was recently awarded the Diane J. Goldsmith Award for Excellence in eTutoring for the exemplary writing support she has provided to AU students in the AU Virtual Writing Center. Each year, eTutoring recognizes a tutor who has had a significant impact on the development and delivery of online tutoring. Lorinda was selected after a review of nominees representing the eTutoring community of over 140 institutions of higher education.

In the nomination, Lorinda’s influence and consistent excellence were acknowledged and supported through student survey responses that consistently recognize Lorinda by name for her valuable and thorough feedback. Dr. Anne Maxham, Director of the AU-VWC, comments: “Lorinda has been an been an integral member of the VWC Team since 2013: she inspires writers to achieve greater success through her encouraging and thoughtful commentary.” Lorinda is a recent graduate of the AULA MFA Program and is presently pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she also received the Black Mountain Institute Fellowship.

Decades Project Writing Workshops: Antioch Seattle’s Drama Therapy program organized a performance that includes writing workshops as one way to participate. They describe it as “a collaborative journey of writing to highlight how we are shaped by the events we experience through the decades … great conversations, writing prompts, reflections, and light refreshments.” Anyone interested in reflecting on their generational experience is welcome. For questions or more information, please contact Megan Bixel or Kristi Dang at

Welcome to Our Newest Peer Consultants! Katy Avila and Heather Hewson have joined us from the Los Angeles campus, where they are candidates in the MFA program in Creative Writing.

The Writer’s Toolkit: The VWC’s biweekly newsletter is nearing 600 subscribers! Each newsletter is both a story of something we encounter as writers, and some suggestions for how to move forward. Thanks go to all to all of the VWC and campus staff who contribute, and their willingness to share their authentic experiences as writers. Read the latest issue, check out the archives, or subscribe via your e-mail.

Creative Submissions: Composing a poem? Working on a fictional story? The VWC can help! Several of our peer consultants are in the AULA MFA program and are eager to read your creative work. Submit your creative pieces the same way you would academic writing to receive feedback.