Academic Writing

Writing Services
The Program for Experienced Learners is an academically rigorous, liberal arts program and requires college-level writing ability. PEL Writing Services offers numerous resources to support students. Resources include the PEL Writing Competency website, Exhibit Workshops (dates listed below), the PEL Director of Writing Services, the PEL Writing Competency folder in which the exhibit is submitted (known as the Blue Book), the Academic Programs Handbook, the Writing Center website, the library, and academic advisors. 

The goal of PEL Writing Services is to support students as they progress through their coursework and as they prepare to submit their writing exhibits. Most students email us papers or call with questions, but we are happy to meet face-to-face at the Main Campus or the Tampa Center. Students can be referred to us by instructors or advisors or can contact us directly. Here is an overview of some common services.

Working with students on course assignments:

While this often occurs in the form of reviewing final drafts of papers just before they are submitted, it is very useful for students to contact us earlier in their process and to allow at least 48 hours for a review. We are happy to work with students on topic selection, reading, annotating, outlining, researching, writing, and editing. Given the accelerated, eight-week format, accessing services early in the term and in the writing process can optimize student success. For current coursework-related questions, we always suggest students consult their instructor first, but they should not hesitate to contact us at any point.

Working with students on the writing exhibit:
We provide resources to facilitate the preparation and submission of writing exhibits—including the PEL Writing Competency website, Exhibit Workshops, and the PEL Writing Competency folder (known as the Blue Book). Additional resources include the Academic Programs Handbook, the Writing Center website, the library, and academic advisors. Workshops are offered each Fall, Spring, and Summer, and all students are expected to attend a workshop. After reviewing the website and attending a workshop, students are encouraged to complete the process of preparing their submission in full. We are happy to offer feedback during the editing process, but the best way to get the best feedback is to prepare exhibits in full, review the checklist, and submit the final draft of a complete exhibit for review. The Director of Writing Services will work with students resubmitting exhibits.

We also try to communicate with students and faculty concerning information related to writing. We maintain the writing-related websites and bluebooks, create resources and workshops, and inform students and faculty of deadlines and resources. Please feel free to let us know if you have general questions or would like us to offer material related to a specific subject.

These resources and services are not intended to teach writing or to substitute for a composition course or in-class instruction. Students who seek significant development of their writing skills should take a writing class (see list below). To 
learn more about the available composition courses, please contact your academic advisor.

Alaina Tackitt, Director of Writing Services, PEL 

Writing Exhibit Submission Dates for 2016 - 2017

Spring Submission Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2017
Summer Submission Deadline: Monday, June 19, 2017

Exhibits can be turned in at the PEL office on the main campus or in Tampa by 5 p.m. on or before these dates. All students will be expected to attend a Writing Exhibit Workshop before submitting.

Writing Exhibits Workshop Dates for 2016 - 2017


  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    Main Campus (FT 210) 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017
    Tampa Center, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017
    Main Campus (FT 210) 10:30-11:30 a.m.


  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017
    Main Campus (FT 210) 6-7:30 p.m.