The VWC provides free peer feedback on writing for Antioch University students. We support your writing process from start to finish!
- Outlining and Planning: Submit your outlines and notes for feedback on ideas.
- Major Revision: Submit your initial drafts, and even incomplete drafts, for big picture feedback on thesis, structure, organization, integration of sources, and so on.
- Minor Revision: Submit your 2nd or 3rd drafts to work on paragraph structure, clarity, conciseness, syntax, and other sentence-level feedback.
- Style and Polish: Submit your near-final drafts for suggestions about APA or MLA, word choice, grammar, and other procedural edits.
To take advantage of peer feedback from the VWC, just click the login link for your campus or program under “Submit Your Writing” on the right (bottom on mobile). Also check out “About the VWC” below to learn more about the feedback process.
Have questions about the process or technical issues submitting? Contact us by e-mail or voicemail! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave us a voicemail at 937-769-1355.
We are still operating as normal despite the pandemic crisis; however, response times may be over 48 hours since we are all dealing with daily changes in our various local areas. We will get you feedback even if it takes a little longer. Thanks for your patience, and stay safe!
If you’d like some ideas of how to write productively during our collective social isolation, check out some resources here.
Use the “Submit Your Writing” menu on the top right (desktop) or bottom (tablet and mobile) to access the VWC system and send in your work for comments. For details about parts of the process, check out the links below:
- How to Submit and What to Expect
- How to Read Your Feedback
- Submission Policies
- Live Consultations
- Meet the VWC Team
- FAQ (Answers to your questions!)
Nearly all Antioch University programs are transitioning to APA 7th as of January 2020. Below are three resources to help you understand the new Student Writing guidelines, and the specific changes in 7th Edition as compared to 6th Edition:
- APA Style 7th Edition Quick Reference for Common Types of Sources
- APA Style 7th Edition Checklist
- APA Style 7th Edition Changes for Student Writers
Another new resource by Director of Writing Anne Maxham can help you understand the writing process with Bloom’s taxonomy:
The Writer’s Toolkit: Revising for Your Favorites
After years of writing short creative pieces for myself and for publication, I had a hard time initially in my graduate program shifting back to writing academic papers. It had been almost a decade since writing academic papers in my undergraduate program, and so these types of papers felt as different from each other as dog walking is from underwater basket weaving. I started revising annotations and research papers, but I would get stuck and felt overwhelmed by all the sections that weren’t great. Then I realized I could use a revision technique I learned in a creative writing class: make every line as good as your favorite line.
I find my favorite line, hopefully the best line, and try to make every other line as good. Sometimes it can be hard to identify what makes a sentence my favorite, so I try to dig in to how the sentence is put together and where it sits in the paragraph. I begin to reshape sentences, and, slowly, I start to look at the paragraphs around it and continue revising, one small unit of writing at a time.
By identifying the places in my paper where something is working well, I find my anchor. I feel less lost in the sea of revising pages and pages. I now have a way to show myself incremental improvements, which increases my ability to continue making more improvements! And, with the incremental changes, I have a placeholder if I need a break. Revising becomes about doing more of what I’m doing well rather than feeling deflated with all the ‘not great’ bits. One phrase or one sentence at a time, I build on my favorite, and eventually, the whole paper is transformed.
Virtual Writing Center Staff
Read previous posts in the Writer’s Toolkit archives.